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EPIC Presents at AGU Fall Meeting

The Earth Prediction Innovation Center (EPIC) is sending multiple representatives to present at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2021 Fall Meeting. Be sure to check out the following presentations: 

Coordinating the Giant: The Earth Prediction Innovation Center (EPIC)

Tuesday, 14 December 2021, 16:00-18:00 CST, Convention Center – Poster Hall, D-F 

Authors: Maoyi Huang (presenting), DaNa Carlis, Krishna Kumar, Leah Dubots, Henrique Alves 

Abstract: In 2017, Congress passed a law instructing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to prioritize improving weather data, modeling, computing, forecasting, and warnings. This was followed by a 2018 statute instructing NOAA to establish the Earth Prediction Innovation Center (EPIC) in order to accelerate the incorporation of community-developed scientific and technological enhancements into the operational applications for numerical weather prediction (NWP).  A fundamental question is how EPIC will accelerate the transition from innovative research and development to NOAA NWP operational applications. This presentation will highlight several important cultural, organizational, and technological developments in the past several years that position EPIC to be successful in this undertaking.

Open-Development, Innovation and EPIC: Funded Projects in Support of a Community Modeling Framework to Improve Operational Weather Forecasting

Friday, 17 December 2021, 16:00-18:00 CST, Convention Center – Poster Hall, D-F

Authors: Jose-Henrique Alves (presenting), Maoyi Huang, DaNa Carlis, Krishna Kumar, Leah Dubots

Abstract: NOAA has expanded its efforts to produce the best weather forecasting system by establishing the Earth Prediction Innovation Center (EPIC) in partnership with the Weather Enterprise, comprising academia, government, and industry. EPIC enables a collaborative framework that builds upon the community-driven Unified Forecast System (UFS) to accelerate innovations that save lives, protect property, and enhance the economy. Since 2019, EPIC has funded several community-based projects in support of the UFS. These projects focus on model coupling infrastructure, coupled data assimilation, code management, and the UFS cloud migration. Results from these projects and their integration into the EPIC contract will be presented alongside future goals for EPIC and the expected benefits to operational weather forecasting. 

NOAA / Unified Forecast System (UFS) Modeling Forum

Wednesday, 15 December 2021, 18:15-19:15 CST, Convention Center – Room 388-390

Moderator: Hendrik Tolman

Abstract: At the last five AGU Fall meetings, the NOAA Modeling Forum has served as a place to socialize environmental model development and to receive community input. Recently, this forum has increasingly focused on the Unified Forecast System (UFS) approach to modeling. The UFS uses community modeling as a way to accelerate innovations in the NOAA operational production suite of models, while simultaneously enabling research with operational models and applications.  The Town Hall this year will focus on progress related to a simplified UFS production suite, public availability of UFS code, and management of UFS research to operations transitions. NOAA’s support for this work via the Earth Prediction Innovation Center (EPIC) will also be addressed.