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Quality Assessment Report: National Ceiling and Visibility Analysis Product


This report summarizes a formal quality assessment of the National Ceiling and Visibility Analysis product (NCVA), a gridded analysis th at evaluates reported ceiling and visibility information for the purpose of improving the flight planning process. On behalf of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Aviation Weather Research Program, and in support of an Aviation Weather Technology Transfer (AWTT) D4 ( operational) decision point, this study was carried out to examine the following:  The quality of the NCVA product with respect to a baseline analysis.  The effect on the NCVA of utilizing a satellite-based cloud mask.  The potential value of NCVA’s frequent update-cycle to the flight planning process.  NCVA’s performance compared to the operational Weather Depiction Analysis, a product specifically referenced in the NCVA Concept of Use.

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NOAA Technical Memorandum OAR GSD 37
Published On
January 01, 2011
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November 30, 2010


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