Accelerate the transfer of research and development into improved NOAA operational climate forecasts, products, and applications. NOAA CLIMATE TEST BED

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

From Director

Contribute to NCEP operation:

CFS evaluations and improvements
Multimodel ensembles
Climate forecast tools and products
Climate-quality reanalysis

Supported by:

Competitive grants projects sponsored by OAR/CPO/MAPP
NCEP infrastructure (FTEs, HPC)
OSTI scientific coordination and programmatic support