2nd NOAA Testbed USWRP Workshop

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Dates:   4-5 May 2010
Where: NOAA
David Skaggs Research Center
Room GC402
325 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80305

What: The workshop will focus on exchanging lessons-learned and best-practices within existing NOAA and related testbeds, and on building cross-testbed collaborations and synergies.

A joint session with NOAA THORPEX PIs will be included at the end of the Workshop, which will focus on THORPEX PI reports and discussion of testbed-THORPEX interactions and collaborations.

Why: This workshop, directed towards enhancing communication across NOAA testbed efforts, is an important opportunity to exchange information on the wide variety of testbed projects across NOAA and related efforts including those from the Joint Hurricane Testbed (JHT), the Hydrometeorological Testbed (HMT), the Societal Impacts Program (SIP), the Development Testbed Center (DTC), as well as, other relevant efforts such as the Hazardous Weather Testbed (HWT), the Climate Testbed (CTB), SPORT and new ones on the horizon.

Workshop Goals:

  • Communicate results and future directions for individual testbeds and discuss broader cross-testbed issues and directions
  • Identify best practices, collaborations and synergies that could be fostered across testbed efforts
  • Understand and discuss improvements towards achieving our testbed goals
  • Explore societal impact studies and linkages to testbed activities and goals

Contact: If you would like additional information or have questions, please contact Janet Intrieri.


Workshop Summary

The NOAA USWRP Executive Committee (NUEC) hosted the 2nd NOAA Testbed Workshop at the Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) from 4-5 May 2010 in Boulder, CO. The workshop brought together 80 experts from testbeds to compare experiences and lessons learned. There is no other such meeting of people who have helped build testbeds over the last several years. This workshop was an important opportunity for a wide variety of testbed projects to build cross-testbed collaborations and exchange information, lessons-learned, and best practices. Participants included researchers from across NOAA, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and NASA; representing the Joint Hurricane Testbed (JHT), Hydrometeorology Testbed (HMT), Hazardous Weather Testbed (HWT), Developmental Testbed Center (DTC), Climate Testbed (CTB), Societal Impacts Program (SIP), and the Short-term Prediction Research and Transition Center (SPoRT).

There was a consensus that the workshop was useful to participants, and that they would take back best practices to help manage and optimize the efforts in their respective testbeds. Most important was the recommendation that results from multiple testbeds have implications for future NOAA planning regarding major observing system investments, and that these results should be considered in future planning.

The workshop also provided a unique opportunity to share a wide range of approaches and experiences for transitioning new methods or tools into forecast operations based on individual testbed needs. Workshop participants were in favor of holding another workshop next year that will focus on generating input for NOAA's out-year planning process. In addition, new collaborations were formed across Testbeds, such as between HMT and SPoRT, and new awareness of the potential for the ALPS Workstations to help with AWIPS-like product testing, was realized. Another outcome of the meeting was a recommendation to create a simple "Testbed Portal" web site where brief descriptions of the key NOAA-focused testbeds could be found, as well as links to each Testbed's home page. This portal is now live on the USWRP web page.