Technology, and Applied Research (CSTAR) Program
The CSTAR Program represents an NOAA/NWS effort to create a cost-effective transition from basic and applied research to operations and services through collaborative research between operational forecasters and academic institutions which have expertise in the environmental sciences. These activities engage researchers and students in applied research of interest to the operational meteorological community and improve the accuracy of forecasts and warnings of environmental hazards by applying scientific knowledge and information to operational products and services.
The program supports a fully competitive, in-house grants program started in 2000:
One to three-year projects--maximum funding level $125K/yr.
How: Applied research and education projects involving collaboration between operational forecasters and university scientists.
Proposals must address NWS science needs and priorities that have the potential to be applied nationally through the Operational Proving Ground (OPG).
Full Text of 2014 CSTAR Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) and Question and Answers (Q&As).
Current CSTAR Projects
Texas Tech University (5/1/11 to 4/30/14)
Integration of Forecast Sensitivity into the NWS Forecasting Process to Improve Predictability of High-impact Weather (Ancell and Weiss)
Portland State University (5/1/11 to 4/30/14)
Towards Objective Multi-Modeling for Multi-Institutional Seasonal Water Supply Forecasting (Moradkhani)
University of Oklahoma (7/1/13 to 6/30/16)
A Partnership to Develop, Conduct, and Evaluate Real-time Advanced Data Assimilation and High-Resolution Ensemble and Deterministic Forecasts for Convective-scale Hazardous Weather (Xue, Kong, Brewster, and Jung)
SUNY Stony Brook (Sept 2013-2016)
An Evaluation and Application of Multi-Model Ensembles in Operations for High Impact Weather over the Eastern U.S. (Colle and Chang)
University of Utah (Sept 2013-2016)
Advancing Analysis, Forecast, and Warning Decision Support Capabilities for High-Impact Weather Events (Steenburgh and Horel)
SUNY Albany (Sept 2013-2016)
Collaborative Research with the National Weather Service on the Occurrence and Prediction of High-Impact Precipitation Events in the Northeastern U.S. (Corbosiero and Bosart)
Florida State University (9/1/13 to 8/31/16)
Improved Forecasting of Extreme Rainfall Events Associated with Tropical Cyclones (Fuelberg and Hart)
University of Washington (9/1/13 to 8/31/16)
Application of Dense Surface Observations for High-Resolution Ensemble-Based Analysis and Prediction (Mass and Hakim)
Recently completed CSTAR Projects
University of Oklahoma (5/1/10 to 4/30/13)
A Partnership to Develop, Conduct, and Evaluate Real-time Convection-Resolving Probabilistic and Deterministic Forecasts for Convective-scale Hazardous Weather: Moving to the Next Level (Xue, Wang, Kong, and Brewster)
SUNY Stony Brook (5/1/10 to 4/30/13)
Predictability of High Impact Weather during the Cool Season over the Eastern U.S.
University of Utah (5/1/10 to 4/30/13)
Advancing Analysis, Forecast and Warning Capabilities for High Impact Weather Events (Horel and Steenburgh)
Texas A&M/Galveston (5/1/10 to 4/30/13)
Development of an Integrated Wave-Current-Wind Forecasting System for Coo Inlet: Supplementing NCEP’s Forecasting Efforts (Panchang)
SUNY Albany (5/1/10 to 4/30/13)
Collaborative Research with the National Weather Service on Cool-and Warm-Season Precipitation Forecasting over the Northeastern United States (Bosart and Keyser)
North Carolina State University (5/1/10 to 4/30/13)
Improving Prediction of Severe Winds, Convection, and Heavy Precipitation in the Southeastern United States (Lackmann, Parker, and Aiyyer)