Report: Advancing NOAA's climate models

  • 1 August 2017
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After three years of coordinated research involving the external community, activities of the Climate Model Development Task Force concluded. A new technical report recounts the Task Force’s activities and accomplishments from 2014 through 2017, including challenges and recommendations for future model development efforts. 

Over its three-year term, the Task Force brought together scientists from universities, research laboratories, and NOAA’s labs and centers to advance NOAA’s climate models in support of improved sub-seasonal to seasonal predictions. 

Task Force contributions include improving the representation of atmospheric convection, aerosols, and land in models, as well as advancing data assimilation (combining observations with forecasts from models) and model infrastructure. 

NOAA’s Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections (MAPP) Program organized the Task Force in partnership with the Climate Test Bed.




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