ESRL Global Systems Division
ESRL's Global Systems Division Hosts LAPS Users' Workshop
ESRL's Global Systems Division is hosting its first Local Analysis and Prediction System (LAPS) Users' Workshop on October 25-27 on site at NOAA Boulder. Engaging the user community in current and future LAPS developments, the workshop will review recent upgrades and plans regarding LAPS data assimilation, nowcasting and short-term forecasting, information technology, and user applications/products. LAPS training opportunities, offered at follow-on meetings October 28-29, will augment the symbiotic presentations given by both developers and users.
LAPS was developed for data assimilation, nowcasting, and model initialization. Because LAPS blends a wide variety of global, national, and local datasets, its analyses can be used to initialize mesoscale forecast models. Due to its high portability and because it runs on inexpensive hardware, LAPS now has a wide variety of users including federal, state, and international agencies, private sector companies and individuals, as well as academia.
LAPS represents a valuable transfer of technology that contributes to NOAA's mission of serving society's needs for weather information.
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