Welcome to the National Weather Service Alaska Region
Systems Operations Division
The Systems Operations Division (SOD) provides overall regional management, planning, and direction for the integration, operation, and support of environmental observing systems, weather information processing systems, satellite information systems, communication systems, dissemination systems, office automation systems, and system interfaces including facilities and electronics installation and system maintenance.
The Division implements NWS Headquarters policy; develops and recommends related regional policies, procedures, and plans; advises line managers on the implementation proposals for near-term regional systems improvements; and evaluates proposals for the development of new systems. It provides technical support for the integration of advanced observing (e.g., NEXRAD, ASOS, and Profilers) and weather information processing systems (AWIPS), as well as regional operation and maintenance of these advanced systems.
The Division manages regional implementation of the NWS change and configuration management processes for operational weather systems and the regional planning and implementation of approved changes to those systems. It manages telecommunications and dissemination programs (including the NOAA Weather Wire Service and the NOAA Weather Radio) in support of NWS service objectives.
The Division manages the regional data acquisition program; the regional information technology program; the regional electronics maintenance program; and the regional facilities program.
The Division recommends to the Regional Director the most efficient use of existing data systems, computer, telecommunications, electronics maintenance, and facilities resources to meet changing data and information requirements, to improve the support provided to the regional scientific and service programs, and to improve the economy of operations.
Alaska Field Support Unit (AFSU) – There is a field support group within SOD referred to as the Alaska Field Support Unit (AFSU). The AFSU ensures continued field operations in the most cost-effective manner, through personnel support for observing functions, IT functions, and through direct support for facilities and maintenance. Support provided by the AFSU is critical and essential to accomplishing the primary mission of the region to provide weather and hydrologic forecasts and warnings for Alaska and the adjacent ocean areas.
Acting SOD Chief - Angel Corona
Electronics Program Manager - Randy Davis
Facilities Program Manager - Vacant
Information Technology Program Manager - Nikole Gallegos
Acting Data Acquisition Program Manager - Michael Couch