NOAA/NCEP is the lead agency with responsibility for producing US operational climate monitoring, models and predictions on time scales ranging from weeks to years. The mission of NOAA Climate Test Bed (CTB) is to accelerate research-to-operation (R2O) to improve NCEP operational climate models, monitoring and predictions, and to provide operations-to-research (O2R) support to the climate research community with access to operational models, forecast tools and datasets.
The CTB facility is located at NCEP Climate Prediction Center (CPC) in the NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction in College Park, MD. The NOAA CTB is jointly supported by NCEP, Climate Program Office (CPO) and NWS Office of Science and Technology Integration (OSTI). The CPO’s Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections (MAPP) program
sponsors CTB transition projects through competitive grants, NCEP provides
infrastructure support for CTB’s testing and demonstration projects in an
operational environment and NWS/OSTI provides scientific coordination and programmatic support.
The CTB’s current priorities include i) multi-model
ensembles for climate predictions, ii) Climate Forecast System (CFS) improvements, iii) climate forecast
tools and products; and iv) climate-quality reanalysis.
David DeWitt, Ph.D.
Director of Climate Prediction Center