U.S. Department of Commerce | National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration | NOAA Research

Test Program

Workgroup Lead: Bonny Strong (ESRL/GSD & CIRA)

There is a unique but missing “big data” niche that lies somewhere between a research environment and a fully operational system: a framework for model development that allows developers and trusted partners alike to access, process, visualize and analyze large volumes of gridded earth system data; in particular for gridded high-resolution numerical weather model forecasts.   Thus a key component of HIWPP will be the development of a capability for testing and evaluating the accuracy of global numerical weather prediction systems, and ultimately for running mature systems in near real-time.  This research capability will complement the capabilities now present at the operational center by allowing for more extensive testing of new technologies and models that may be a large departure from the current operational system.  It will also allow for more community involvement in the development, testing, and evaluation process.