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The First Symposium on Earth Prediction Innovation and Community Modeling

As part of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) 102nd Annual Meeting, the Earth Prediction Innovation Center (EPIC) is holding the First Symposium on Earth Prediction Innovation and Community Modeling. This Symposium is an opportunity for the broader research community to share their latest developments and demonstrate how these innovations are advancing community modeling system capabilities. The symposium will consist of a poster session and four joint sessions, outlined below:

Monday, January 24, 2022

The Earth Prediction Innovation Center to Accelerate Community-Developed Scientific and Technological Enhancements into the Operational Applications for Numerical Weather Prediction

Date: Monday, January 24, 2022, 11:45am-1pm EST

Co-chairs: Vijay S. Tallapragada, NOAA; Jose-Henrique G. M. Alves, Weather Program Office, OAR, NOAA; and Michael B. Ek, NCAR

Abstract: In this session, presenters will examine how EPIC will accelerate Earth system modeling innovations. Presenters will address the history of the EPIC program, the benefits of community-based modeling, and EPIC’s major outcomes to date. Talks will also explore the state of the research to operations (R2O) process and how symposium participants can contribute to the Unified Forecast System (UFS). Then, presenters will delve into specific opportunities for advancing the UFS by incorporating developments in land and fire modeling.

Honoring the Life, Legacy, and Accomplishments of William "Bill" Lapenta

Date: Monday, January 24, 2022, 2:30-4pm EST

Chairs: Aaron Hill, PhD, Colorado State University and James D. Doyle, Marine Meteorology Division, NRL

Abstract: This series of presentations will celebrate multiple facets of Dr. William “Bill” Lapenta’s contributions, particularly at NASA and NOAA. Talks will highlight key initiatives and collaborations he facilitated, such as the UFS R2O Project and the Earth Prediction Innovation Center (EPIC). Presenters will also address Bill’s commitment to mentorship and will include personal anecdotes of his impact as a leader, mentor, scientist, and friend.

Dr. William "Bill" Lapenta

R2O Formal Poster Session

Date: Monday, January 24, 2022, 6-7:30pm EST

Cochairs: Stephen A. Mango, NOAA/NESDIS/Office of Systems Architecture and Advanced Planning/Technology, Planning, and Integration for Operation and ISS, Inc. and Eric J. Fetzer, Instruments Division, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Abstract: Posters address a variety of issues tied to weather and environmental modeling. 

Posters: 

  • #222: On the Role of Algorithm Scientific Software Integration and System Transition Team (ASSISTT) in Transitions from Research to Operations
  • #223: Riverine Inputs to Long Island Sound: Variability and Effects on Water Quality
  • #224: Adjoint Observation Impact Computations for Aviation Applications in the RTMA
  • #227: Accelerating the WRF-CHEM Model Using a Machine Learning Emulation
  • #228: Impact of Air Pollution on Pediatric ER Admission for Asthma Exacerbations in the West Texas Region
  • #229: Diurnal Dependence of Severe Weather Indices from Merged Hyperspectral IR Satellite Sounder and Surface Meteorological Station Data
  • #230: Improved Operational AMSR2 Sea Ice Products in the Arctic
  • #231: Tropical Cyclone Genesis Index and Global Ensemble Forecasts: Expanding to Global Basins and Evaluation of Real-Time 2021 Forecasts

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

High-Performance Computing Support for Earth Prediction Innovations and Research in a Community Modeling Framework

Date: Wednesday, January 26, 2022, 9:30am-11am EST

Chairs: Marc E. Cotnoir; Krishna V. Kumar; Neil Jacobs; and Kathryn A. Shontz, NESDIS, NOAA

Abstract: These talks will explore the variety of ways in which high performance computing can contribute to the acceleration of Earth prediction innovation and research. Topics include development of EPIC’s Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment (CI/CD) pipeline and efforts to migrate the UFS, Earth System models, and the Graduate Student Test (GST) to the cloud. Presenters will also cover specific cases, including (1) procedures for migrating the Global Workflow (GWF) to University of Wisconsin supercomputers, (2) the use of accelerated multi-core systems to optimize performance of the Met Office’s Unified Model (UM), and (3) insights obtained from estimates of the compute capacity required for the proposed consolidated UFS applications. 

The Art of the Possible: Earth Prediction Innovation and Community Modeling, Part I

Date: Wednesday, January 26, 2022, 11:45am-1pm EST

Chair: Jose-Henrique G. M. Alves, Weather Program Office, OAR

Co-chairs: Aaron Hill, PhD, Colorado State University; James L. Kinter, Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic & Earth Sciences, COLA; and Susan Jasko, University of Alabama

Abstract: This session will highlight recent developments related to Earth prediction innovation and community participation in Earth systems modeling. Presentations will include progress updates from specific programs, including the NOAA Modeling Board and the EPIC Community Center. Talks also include an analysis of the “community” component of “community modeling” and will spotlight community member contributions to the Subseasonal to Seasonal (S2S) application of the Unified Forecast System (UFS). The ways in which the UFS is shifting both practice and perspectives in the modeling community will also be discussed.

The Art of the Possible: Earth Prediction Innovation and Community Modeling, Part II

Date: Wednesday, January 26, 2022, 2:30pm-4pm EST

Cochairs:  Jose-Henrique G. M. Alves, Weather Program Office, OAR; Neil Jacobs; Louisa Bogar Nance; Hendrik L. Tolman, NOAA; and James L. Kinter, Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic & Earth Sciences, COLA

Moderator:  Mariana Vertenstein, National Center for Atmospheric Research

Abstract: This series of presentations will first highlight accomplishments of EPIC-funded projects and important developments that position EPIC to be successful in accelerating research to operations to research (R2O2R). Then, presenters will delve into specific undertakings that will facilitate Earth Systems modeling. These include the development of a unified workflow process, common evaluation metrics and tools, and the potential for Hierarchical System Development (HSD) to improve the R2O2R testing process. Presentations will also highlight the challenges and opportunities that arise from the dual needs of both the operational community and the research community.

The Art of the Possible: Earth Prediction Innovation and Community Modeling, Part III

Date: Wednesday, January 26, 2022, 4:45-6pm EST

Chairs:  Jose-Henrique G. M. Alves, Weather Program Office, OAR; Louisa Bogar Nance; Hendrik L. Tolman, NOAA; and Neil Jacobs

Abstract: Presenters will address the importance of community modeling within the Federal Government and academia and outline ongoing efforts to improve community participation in model development. Highlights include an introduction to the NOAA Modeling Board and details on the ongoing collaboration between the National Center for Academic Research (NCAR) and the university community. A panel discussion will follow the presentations.

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