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.


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Dr. Annarita Mariotti
MAPP Program Director, on detail to EOP/OSTP
P: 301-734-1237
E: annarita.mariotti@noaa.gov

Dr. Daniel Barrie
Acting MAPP Program Director
P: 301-734-1256
E: daniel.barrie@noaa.gov

Courtney Byrd
MAPP Program Specialist
P: 301-734-1257
E: courtney.byrd@noaa.gov

Wenfei Ni
MAPP Program Specialist
E: wenfei.ni@noaa.gov

Nicole Rucker
Knauss Fellow

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