Upcoming meeting to advance NOAA’s unified approach to weather-climate modeling

NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction, College Park, Md. September 2012. (Credit: University of Maryland)
NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction, College Park, Md. September 2012. (Credit: University of Maryland)

Two primary NOAA weather and climate modeling programs will host a joint meeting to assess progress on funded projects working to improve the way NOAA develops and operates models on August 2-4, 2017 at NOAA’s National Center for Weather and Climate Prediction in College Park, Maryland.

Co-organized by the CPO Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections (MAPP) program and NWS Next Generation Global Prediction System (NGGPS) Program, the meeting topics will allow participants to discuss project efforts that address elements described in the recently published NOAA Unified Modeling Task Force report

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