Weather Scenario Generator for ATM Simulation and Testing Systems

Period of Performance: 06/10/2016 - 12/09/2016


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

AvMet Applications
AvMet Applications Incorporated
Reston, VA 20191
Firm POC
Principal Investigator


We design and prove the technical feasibility of a weather scenario generator (WSG) to provide an interoperable weather service that could support testing, development, and demonstration of advanced Concepts and Technologies (C&T) for Air Traffic Management (ATM) through modeling and simulation. Many recent advances in weather accountability for NAS simulation in support of C&T development are only able to manage one or two static weather scenarios, often limited to historical events which may be rare, and lack the ability to vary these scenarios to consider forecast accuracy variability and/or alternative impacts. The proposed WSG would address this shortfall by enabling creation of adjustable and meteorologically realistic scenarios comprised of observed (?actual?) weather and associated forecast uncertainty for relevant NAS impacting weather phenomena. We design the WSG to work with NASA?s SMART NAS to further its mission of delivering an evaluation capability that allows NextGen and beyond-NextGen C&T to be assessed and developed under realistic live/virtual/constructive weather conditions. Finally, this research provides guidance to NASA researchers or other users of testbeds, such as SMART NAS, on how to tailor weather scenarios for maximal effectiveness in experiments and demonstrations.