Mapping a path forward for NOAA's new global weather model

Image of attendees during the meeting of the U.S. modeling community.
Members of the U.S. modeling community meet at the David Skaggs Research Center in Boulder, CO

November 10, 2016

NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS) Environmental Modeling Center (EMC) is gathering numerical weather prediction modelers to plan the next steps toward implementation of NOAA's newly identified next generation global weather forecast model. Participants from NOAA, NASA, and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) will meet November 16-17 at the Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder, CO.

This is the first meeting with the broader U.S. weather modeling community since the Next-Generation Global Prediction System (NGGPS) process selected the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory's (GFDL) Finite-Volume Cubed-Sphere (FV3) dynamical core as the foundation for the next generation NOAA global forecast model on July 27,2016. During the meeting, EMC will articulate society's growing demand for improved services and need for increased accuracy of weather forecasts beyond 10 days toward 30 days. The NWS will share early expectations and plans for placing FV3 in their domain. Outcomes from the meeting will be a strategic implementation plan, roles for working groups, and deliverables and timelines. An initial fully coupled system is expected to be ready for implementation by the end of FY 2019.

Operational organization participants include:

  • NOAA/NCEP/Environmental Modeling Center
  • NOAA/NWS Office of Water Prediction
  • NOAA/NOS/Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services

Research and Development organization participants include:

  • US Naval Research Laboratory
  • NOAA/OAR Air Resources Laboratory
  • NOAA/OAR Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory
  • NOAA/OAR Earth Systems Research Lab Global Systems Division
  • NOAA/OAR Earth Systems Research Lab Physical Sciences Division
  • NOAA/OAR Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory
  • NOAA/OAR Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory
  • NOAA/OAR National Severe Storms Laboratory
  • NOAA/NOS/OCS Coast Survey Development Laboratory
  • NOAA/NESDIS Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR)
  • NASA/GSFC/Global NASA/GSFC/Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO)
  • NCAR/Climate and Global Dynamics (CGD) Laboratory
  • NCAR/Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology (MMM) Laboratory
  • NCAR/Research Applications Laboratory (RAL)
  • Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation (JCSDA)

Program Offices:

  • NOAA/NWS/Office of Science and Technology Integration (OSTI)
  • NOAA/OAR/Office of Water and Air Quality (OWAQ)
  • NOAA/OAR/Climate Program Office (CPO)

For more information contact: Susan Cobb 303-497-5093