- Letters of Intent due 09/22/20 5pm ET.
- Full applications due 11/18/20 5pm ET.
- Letters of Intent due 08/17/20 5pm ET.
- Full proposals due 11/30/20 5pm ET.
The 2021 DTC/NOAA UFS Evaluation Metrics Workshop committee is conducting a survey to identify critical fields needed to assess skill in UFS apps. Your feedback is important: participate now! (10/16/2020)
Check out the new version of the Common Community Physics Package (CCPP) at the DTC website. (10/06/20)
UFS Webinar Series — Development and Evaluation of NCEP’s Global Forecast System GFSv16 by Dr. Fanglin Yang, NOAA, NWS/NCEP/EMC — Oct 22, 2020 3pm ET
The Unified Forecast System Research-to-Operations Project (2020 – 2022)
A broad collaboration among NOAA and non-NOAA scientists was launched in July 2020 this month to accelerate innovation into NOAA operational modeling for weather and climate prediction. The Unified Forecast System (UFS), a community-based, coupled comprehensive end-to-end Earth system data assimilation and prediction system, is being used in a Research-to-Operations (R2O) project. The UFS-R2O project was established in response to advice from the community that NOAA modeling and data assimilation needs to be integrated and collectively managed, based on a unified modeling framework in a unified collaborative strategy. Read more about the UFS R2O project here.
COMING SOON: THE UFS SHORT RANGE WEATHER APPLICATION 1.0
The second UFS application to be released (read about the first here) will be the Short-Range Weather (SRW) Application 1.0, which focuses on atmospheric behavior from less than an hour to several days. Expected in fall 2020, the SRW Application 1.0 includes prognostic atmospheric and land models, pre- and post-processing, and a community workflow for running the system end-to-end. Supported model resolutions in this release include a 3-km, 13-km, and 25-km predefined Contiguous U.S (CONUS) domain. The release will be distributed through GitHub and is designed to be code that the research community can easily access, run, and use for experimentation, allowing innovations to be committed back to the relevant repositories. The release team is being led by NOAA and NCAR partners and involves contributors from a diverse set of organizations. Data assimilation and a verification package will be provided as a part of a future release. Read more about the SRW release here.
THE GLOBAL ENSEMBLE FORECAST SYSTEM v12 EXTENDS FORECAST SKILL
The Model Evaluation Group, part of NOAA’s Environmental Modeling Center, recently completed an evaluation that shows that a planned upgrade to the operational Global Ensemble Forecast System, GEFSv12, will substantially improve forecast guidance. The GEFS system, based on the UFS Sub-Seasonal to Seasonal Application with coupled atmosphere, land, wave, and aerosol models, is scheduled for implementation in operations in September 2020. GEFSv12 extends the number of days that can be skillfully forecast relative to the current operational system by about 12 hours, to 9.5 days; in 2000, this number was just 6 days. This overall growth in skill represents improved guidance on zonal winds, hurricane track, and other phenomena. GEFSv12 will be the first coupled UFS application to be implemented in operations. View a UFS Webinar on the GEFSv12 evaluation.