NOAA Research recently organized two workshops to promote coordination and communication of activities within NOAA Research, as well as with the National Weather Service. These workshops provided a unique forum for NWS leadership to provide feedback to researchers on how their work can better support NWS’s modeling and prediction requirements, thereby helping leverage NOAA research toward addressing mission needs.
On August 31 and September 8, scientists from George Mason University’s Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere (COLA) Studies and the NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL), respectively, gave a series of research presentations. The talks focused on significant research outcomes from ongoing projects funded by OAR’s Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections (MAPP) Program in the Climate Program Office.
In the August 31 workshop, COLA scientists presented new research findings on a number of topics relevant to NWS, included advances in predicting the onset of El Nino and La Nina events a year ahead, new statistical tools for U.S. temperature and precipitation for weeks 3 and 4, and ways that land surface conditions can contribute to extended-range atmospheric predictability. GFDL scientists on September 8 described some of their cutting-edge research activities that support NOAA’s modeling, prediction, and assessment capabilities, including work on Earth system modeling of climate and carbon, ocean model development, and advancing the prediction and representation of precipitation and land water dynamics.
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