A journal article entitled The emergence of weather-focused testbeds linking research and forecasting operations, by F. M. Ralph et al., appeared in the August 2013 issue of Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society..
This paper summarizes the development and current status of 10 different testbeds that now exist and are helping bridge weather research and forecasting operations. They range from applications focused (e.g., Joint Hurricane Testbed and Hydrometeorology Testbed) to technique focused (e.g., Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation and Developmental Testbed Center). The creation of HMT is described ands selected accomplishments of HMT are summarized briefly, including:
This paper presents a very brief synopsis of roughly 10 years of development of HMT, from the first proposal in 2002, to results from 2013.
A key section describes, for all testbeds, recommendations for methods to measure performance. This section describes some of the challenges facing testbeds as bridging institutions between organizations that measure their individual performance very differently from one another (operations measures differ from research measures), and suggests some approaches to help with this in the future.
Ralph, F.M., J. Intrieri, D. Andra, R. Atlas, S. Boukabara, D. Bright, P. Davidson, B. Entwistle, J. Gaynor, S. Goodman, J. Jiing, A. Harless, J. Huang, G. Jedlovec, J. Kain, S. Koch, B. Kuo, J. Levit, S. Murillo, L.P. Riishojgaard, T. Schneider, R. Schneider, T. Smith, and S. Weiss, 2013: The Emergence of Weather-Related Test Beds Linking Research and Forecasting Operations. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 94, 1187–1211, 10.1175/BAMS-D-12-00080.1