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Space Weather

NOAA OneStop

A NOAA Data Search Platform. Geophysical, oceans, coastal, weather and climate data discovery all in one place. The OneStop Project is designed to improve NOAA’s data discovery and access framework. Focusing on all layers of the framework and not just the user interface, OneStop is addressing data format and metadata best practices, ensuring more data

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Space Weather Impacts: GPS

GPS has changed society. Multiple applications: oil drilling, aviation, precision agriculture, surveying, military operations, emergency response, recreational, and so much more depend on the continuous availability of this vital satellite navigation system. These critical applications rely not only on navigational services provided by GPS, but high accuracy timing as well. Space weather storms can interfere with the high accuracy and availability of GPS leading to erroneous information or even complete loss of GPS capabilities. NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center provides critical information on potential interference to GPS applications to end-users around the world.

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Space Weather Impacts: Communications

Effective communication can mean the difference between life and death. There are many different types of technology that contribute to various forms of communication. Some of these technologies can experience significant degradation due to space weather storms. End-users, such as the aviation and emergency response communities can encounter significant impacts on the critical communication assets they depend on. NOAA space weather forecasters provide alerts and warnings to ensure key situational awareness when systems are being impacted, and help operators determine alternatives during space weather disturbances.

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Space Weather Impacts: Power

Eruptions on the Sun lead to disturbances on Earth’s magnetic field, known as geomagnetic storms. These geomagnetic storms can create electrical currents that can result in significant impacts on our electric power grid. Impacts can include damage to critical grid assets and even blackout. NOAA space weather forecasters provide critical early warning of these geomagnetic storms, allowing grid operators to take measures to ensure no disruption of the power supply.

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