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Mission

The Model Diagnostics Task Force is constituted to develop, coordinate, and implement process-based model evaluation metrics and a metrics framework in National modeling center metrics packages, leveraging ongoing efforts at the modeling centers toward advancing model evaluation and development capabilities.

This Task Force is constituted of researchers whose projects were successfully evaluated as part of the FY15 competition held by NOAA’s Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections program on the topic of Process Oriented Metrics. This competition was motivated by a number of factors, including community interest in moving beyond performanceoriented metrics toward processoriented metrics, ongoing efforts to develop next-generation climate and Earth system models, evolving plans for CMIP, and a need to link model development and evaluation efforts across modeling centers. Nine projects were selected as a result of the competitive process, including eight focused on developing metrics and one that will develop metrics as well as define a direction and framework for the overall effort.

Task Force Function and Implementation

This Task Force will initiate its activities in October 2015 and will have a duration of three years. It is expected that researchers who were selected through the NOAA competitive process will participate actively in this Task Force helping to build an integrative processoriented metrics framework serving NOAA and other modeling centers. Task Force membership may also include affiliates, elected by Task Force leadership, who are not supported by MAPP funding but whose expertise and work are relevant to achieving the goals of this task force. The Task Force will coordinate with other relevant ongoing diagnostic efforts including emerging community processoriented metrics efforts such as the WCRP/WGCM Metrics Panel, PCMDI’s UVCDAT effort, and the EMBRACE ESMValTool project.

The Task Force will connect all of the funded investigators and other invitees. Beyond enhancing communication between investigators, expectations of this group include contribution by the individual projects to the development and implementation of the collective effort with a focus on implementing a cohesive metrics framework, open documentation of the efforts, and a focus on maximizing the community utility of metrics and the metrics framework. It is expected the main group will have monthly teleconferences and consider inperson meetings, as appropriate.

 

As of Spring 2017, the Task Force has developed a functional Application Program Interface (API) for the metrics package, which is documented here. The linked document also describes the overall status of the effort as of April 2017. The API is python based and designed to be flexible such that metrics coded in different non-proprietary software packages can be integrated into the API.

MAPP Task Force Concept and Terms of Reference

Leadership

Lead: Eric Maloney, Colorado State University

Lead: Allison Wing, Florida State University

Co-Lead: Yi Ming, NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory

Co-Lead: Andrew Gettelman, National Center for Atmospheric Research

Co-Lead: David Neelin, National Center for Atmospheric Research

Co-Lead: John Krasting, NOAA

Participants

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

Projects

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

News & Events

NOAA's Climate Program Office Announces New Funding Opportunity 24 July 2019

NOAA's Climate Program Office Announces New Funding Opportunity

Learn more about the Office's Fiscal Year 2020 grant competitions

NOAA Research's Climate Program Office is pleased to announce that its Fiscal Year 2020 grant competitions are now open. 

MAPP & NIDIS Launch “Story Map” Telling the Story of the Historic California Drought 26 April 2018

MAPP & NIDIS Launch “Story Map” Telling the Story of the Historic California Drought

NOAA’s Modeling, Analysis, Predictions and Projections program (MAPP) and NIDIS have just launched an interactive presentation that analyzes and explains the historic drought that impacted California from 2011 to 2017. This presentation, called a “Story Map” takes users through a visual history of the drought, using images and graphs to provide an interactive and engaging experience.

President signs NIDIS Reauthorization Act 7 March 2014

President signs NIDIS Reauthorization Act

President Barack Obama signed the National Integrated Drought Information System Reauthorization Act into law in order to ensure that the federal government can provide timely, effective drought warning forecasts and vital support to communities that are vulnerable to drought. 

New Southeast Climate Monthly Webinar series 25 February 2020

New Southeast Climate Monthly Webinar series

The webinars will provide the region's stakeholders and interested parties with timely information on current and developing climate conditions such as drought, floods and tropical storms, as well as climatic events like El Niño and La Niña.

What Does Flash Drought Look Like in Your Region? 14 November 2019

What Does Flash Drought Look Like in Your Region?

Flash drought can quickly deplete soil moisture and dramatically increase evaporative stress on the environment, leading to significant impacts on agriculture. A recently completed study, supported by CPO's Sectoral Applications Research Program, performed a regional analysis across the United States to explore geographic differences of flash droughts.

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Contact

Dr. Annarita Mariotti
MAPP Program Director
P: 301-734-1237
E: annarita.mariotti@noaa.gov

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

Amara Huddleston*
MAPP Communications & Program Analyst
P: 301-734-1218
E: amara.huddleston@noaa.gov

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

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