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Climate Model Development Task Force


The Climate Model Development Task Force is an initiative of NOAA's MAPP Program in partnership with the Climate Test Bed to achieve significant advances in NOAA's climate models in support of improved predictions. The Task Force brings together scientists from universities, research laboratories, and NOAA's centers and labs and builds-on MAPP funded research activities. It is envisioned that the Task Force will work in synergy with internal climate model development efforts at NOAA''s research laboratories and centers and will emphasize research contributing to the development of the next-generation operational climate forecasting system via Climate Test Bed activities. Research objectives of the Task Force will contribute to advance NOAA's next-generation climate modeling capability in the broader weather-to-climate modeling context addressing improvements in the representation of physical processes, coupling of model components and software infrastructure. Research activities will build on MAPP projects that include improving the representation of atmospheric convection, land and hydrology, ocean processes, coupling of various components and modeling infrastructure. The Climate Model Development Task Force will coordinate with the Climate Reanalysis Task Force on aspects relating to model improvement and initialization. Research will be done in coordination with other relevant national and international climate modeling activities in the context of USGCRP and WCRP.

Start date is February 1st 2014 and the duration of this group’s activity is 3 years.

MAPP Task Force Concept and Terms of Reference


Lead: Jim Kinter, COLA / George Mason University
Co-Lead: Suranjana Saha, NOAA, National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) / Environmental Modeling Center
Co-Lead: Steve Griffies, NOAA / Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory


Relevant MAPP Program PIs and selected additional invitees.
To view the full Participants list, please visit the Participants page.


To view the full list of Projects, please click here.

News & Events

MAPP Webinar Series: Next-Generation Climate and Earth System Models

Monday, January 06, 2014
The NOAA CPO Modeling, Analysis, Prediction, and Projections (MAPP) program will host a webinar on the topic of model development on Tuesday, January 14. This webinar will discuss plans at NCEP and GFDL for next-generation model development as well as three new Climate Process Teams funded by the MAPP program and focused on improving the representation of clouds in NOAA’s climate models and advanced representations of sea ice processes in GFDL climate and Earth system models.

The Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections (MAPP) Program's mission is to enhance the Nation's capability to understand and predict natural variability and changes in Earth's climate system. The MAPP Program supports development of advanced climate modeling technologies to improve simulation of climate variability, prediction of future climate variations from weeks to decades, and projection of long-term future climate conditions. To achieve its mission, the MAPP Program supports research focused on the coupling, integration, and application of Earth system models and analyses across NOAA, among partner agencies, and with the external research community.

Learn more...

Download our program brochure (pdf). 

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