ARM NSA Operations Notes
Welcome to the ARM NSA Ops Team Wiki. The purpose of this internal wiki is to document the processes and tools used by the ARM North Slope of Alaska operations team, starting with the nanuna server itself, on which this wiki is hosted. For all access requests, questions or comments regarding this page or the NSA services it describes, please contact the NSA Support Team.
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The nanuna server
The nanuna server is located at the Geophysical Institute of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. It hosts the following services and applications:
- Quick-looks database
- Corrective Maintenance Reporting database, both its master backend and the CMR Database main web interface
- A number of other web-accessible tools and applications and data stores for operational management (weekly reports and teleconference minutes, calendar etc.)
- Network-accessible services (FTP, email and others)
- Command-line accessible services
For information on nanuna's firewall, filesystem/RAID, etc. see the nanuna sysinfo page.
Other servers run by the UAF team
- Agvik is the home of the old CM database as well as the current PM (preventative maintenance) database as well as information about team members.
- A local instance of the CMR database is run on a CentOS VM in Barrow. The instance is synchronized with the master database and accessible only from inside the Barrow network.
- The cloudberry staging server hosts the initial version of this wiki. The content is in the process of being moved over.
NSA UAF Operations Support processes
The UAF NSA Support Team supports the activities of the ARM NSA Operations Team, which is located in Barrow, AK, via Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation, the ARM AMF3 Operations Team, which is located at the Oliktok Point Long Range Radar Station, via Fairweather, LLC, and at Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM. This documentation wiki is part of the support role.
Our main processes and tools are described below:
- We maintain and securely share files containing system access and management information
- Every work day we check the data quality from instruments at the sites. See Daily site check process . These checks inform the weekly reports and the Thursday telcon agenda.
- Each Friday, we provide NSA weekly operations status reports for Barrow (NSA) and Oliktok (AMF3), which are emailed to the ARM community via the mailing list
- Each week we prepare the agenda for the Thursday ACRF/NSA Telecon
- We maintain and develop the Corrective Maintenance Reporting database as well as the PM (preventative maintenance) database
- We update the ARM Operations Status System (OSS) and maintain an internal OSS FAQ for use of the NSA team
- Periodically we visit the sites. Here are the current Site Visit Todo Lists
We maintain a contacts page listing people involved in supporting the NSA Operations.
North Slope of Alaska Instruments
The NSA Instruments and OLI Instruments pages complement the descriptions on the official ARM site by collecting documentation, recent photographs and FAQs regarding the operation of the ARM instruments currently deployed in Barrow, AK and at Oliktok Point, AK.
Tools for operational monitoring
- ARM Data Quality (DQ) Program: tools for near real-time monitoring of nearly all the data streams produced by the ARM facilities:
- DSView at the Data Management Facility (DMF): monitoring of data streams -- in particular Collection (C) and Ingest (I) -- with time of last successful run and error message. See this Description of DSView and Instrument Status Tracking Tools.
- Instrument Status Tracking Tool for longer-term instrument status tracking. See this Description of DSView and Instrument Status Tracking Tools.
- DQ Explorer (Data Quality Explorer): assessment of hour-by-hour data quality and availability metrics for each ARM data stream
- DQHandS Plot Browser: easy access to a selection of daily data plots
- NCVweb: on-demand online NetCDF data file plotting
- Pages maintained by individual instrument teams. These are often up to date when ingest at ARM does not necessarily take place:
- Barrow AERI quicklooks page
- ARM Radars Status page, with real-time view pages for the Barrow KAZR, the Barrow X-SAPR and the Barrow Ka-W-SACR
- Barrow Ka-W-SACR local status dashboard directly on the instrument computer
- Barrow HSRL real-time view page
- CIMEL (CSPHOT) monthly/daily data page at AERONET (NASA). Also, there is a separate page for cloud mode (displays only cloud days).
- Local NSA tools:
- A new local DSView tool was made available in July 2011. See this Description of DSView and Instrument Status Tracking Tools.
- Barrow cameras IOP-NEW, IOP-CAM, and TWRCAM are consultable in real time, but only from a computer that is authorized to connect to the Barrow network (filtered at the firewall). Otherwise, the links will not work.
GI resources helpful to the project
- GI Cold Room: The GI has a cold room facility that goes down to -50C.