The NOAA Hydrometerology Testbed (HMT) conducts research on high-impact regional precipitation, weather and land surface conditions. HMT fosters transition of scientific advances and new tools into forecasting operations to better balance water resource demands and flood mitigation strategies in a changing climate.
HMT addresses its goals through innovation, demonstration and infusion across key major activity areas. HMT's regional implementations started in California. Additional pilot projects have been initiated in the Pacific Northwest, Southeast and Rocky Mountain West.
HMT also collaborates with the National Weather Service at local and regional levels as well as other national, regional, and local agencies, and universities.
Guided both by NOAA service requirements, stakeholder needs, and emerging scientific questions and new technologies, HMT directly engages decision makers and scientists in research and development processes. New ideas, technologies and predictive models are developed, demonstrated, evaluated and refined through the testbed, and are transitioned to operations/applications.