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HMT Participates at 4th NOAA Testbed and 3rd NOAA GPM User Workshops

April 12, 2013

Several HMT scientists presented oral and poster presentations at the 4th NOAA Testbed and Proving Ground Workshop, and the 3rd NOAA GPM User Workshop in College Park, MD on April 2-4, 2013.The Testbed Workshop was held at the new NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction building and the GPM Users workshop was held next door, in the University of Maryland Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC) building. The workshops had some complementary focus areas: the Testbed workshop was aimed at exchanging lessons-learned & best practices within current NOAA and related testbeds/proving grounds, and on building cross-testbed collaborations and synergies. The GPM Users workshop focused on development, functionality, and priorities of a new NOAA GPM proving ground. Many attendees participated in both workshops.

HMT Activities at the NOAA Testbed and Proving Ground Workshop

On Tuesday morning, Allen White (NOAA/PSD) gave the HMT roundup presentation, highlighting the HMT activities that occurred over the past year. Then on Wednesday afternoon in the poster session on High Impact Environmental Events, five posters reported on HMT activities:

  • Analyzing extreme quantitative precipitation forecast performance, led by Ellen Sukovich (CIRES, NOAA/PSD)
  • Initial condition perturbations for the Hydrometerological Testbed ensemble forecasting system, led by Isidora Jankov (CIRA, NOAA/GSD)
  • Evaluation of forecasts of the water vapor signature of Atmospheric Rivers in operational numerical weather prediction models, led by Gary Wick (NOAA/PSD)
  • Extreme precipitation in the southeast US: HMT-Southeast's specialized observations and modeling focus on high-impact forecast challenges, led by Kelly Mahoney (CIRES, NOAA/PSD)
  • The 2012-2013 Hydrometeorology Testbed numerical weather prediction suite, led by Ligia Bernardet (CIRES, NOAA/GSD)
Attendees at the 3rd NOAA GPM Users workshop in College Park, MD
Attendees at the 3rd NOAA GPM Users workshop in College Park, MD
Attendees at the 3rd NOAA GPM Users workshop in College Park, MD
NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction
NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction
NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction

Following the poster session on Wednesday afternoon, the second oral session on High Impact Environmental Events featured three more presentations on HMT:

  • Coupled quantitative precipitation estimation and distributed hydrological modeling: Case study for the Russian-Napa Rivers, CA, led by Rob Cifelli (NOAA/PSD)
  • A case study of the research-to-operations (R2O) process at HMT-HPC, led by Tom Workoff (NOAA/WPC, I.M. Systems Group)
  • HMT-HPC: Advancing the prediction of extreme precipitation events, led by Faye Barthold (NOAA/WPC, Systems Research Group)

Meeting participants voted Tom Workoff's presentation the best presentation at the Workshop. Congratulations, Tom!

HMT activities at the NOAA GPM Workshop

On Tuesday morning, Rob Cifelli chaired a session on the GPM Proving Ground concept to identify strategies for research-to-operations activities in selected NOAA testbeds and proving grounds. Rob shared a talk in this session on HMT activities with Wallace Hogsett (NOAA/NWS/WPC), emphasizing the different but complementary roles of HMT at PSD and WPC. Kelly Mahoney, Allen White, and Rob Cifelli participated in two breakout sessions on Wednesday: Developing the GPM proving ground and NOAA GPM research and algorithm development. Rob Cifelli will help write the final workshop report with recommendations from the breakout sessions as well as the objectives for the next GPM Users workshop.

After the Workshops, Kelly Mahoney visited the NWS Greenville/Spartanburg Weather Forecast Office to talk about the HMT-Southeast Pilot Study (HMT-SEPS) and the instrumentation that will be installed by the NOAA/ESRL Physical Sciences Division (PSD) starting in May 2103.

Contact:  Allen White