What is a Proving Ground?
An effort to improve NOAA services through optimizing the use of satellite data along with other sources of data and information. The initiatives comprise a team of developers and users working together to improve an application in a testbed environment, providing assessments of utility from the users and feedback to the developers. (Source: https://www.jpss.noaa.gov/proving_grounds/ )
GINA produces CLAVR-X products from Direct Broadcast satellite data and distributes them to NWS via LDM for viewing in AWIPS. CLAVR-X products are also made available in GeoTiff format on a dedicated web page for access by non-AWIPS users.
GINA provides timely and high resolution VIIRS fIre detection data from Direct Broadcast to the Alaska Fire Service for monitoring fire activity. Also special RGB imagery products for fire monitoring are provided to AFS, NWS and other users via web portals and via LDM for AWIPS.
GINA is now generating SSTs in near real-time from VIIRS, MODIS, and AVHRR imagery data (when skies are clear).