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Unifying Innovations in Forecasting Capabilities Workshop

A coordinated effort between EPIC, the UFS, and the UFS-R20

July 18th-22nd at the Holiday Inn in College Park, MD and virtually everywhere

Abstract Submissions are due by June 10th.  Registration ends on June 17th.

This summer the Earth Prediction Innovation Center (EPIC), the Unified Forecast System (UFS), and the UFS Research to Operations community are coming together to deliver a five-day Unifying Innovations in Forecasting Capabilities Workshop. Throughout the week, attendees will have the opportunity to explore avenues for their own research development, learn about updates to the UFS, share successes within the scope of contributing the most reliable and accurate forecast modeling system in the world, and voice their thoughts on where our exciting future will go from here. It is the goal of the workshop to engage the greater weather enterprise and academia in the on-going effort to accelerate contributions to the Unified Forecast System. This first-of-its-kind event is your chance to dive into innovations in forecasting.

Register or submit an Abstract to the
Unifying Innovations in Forecasting Capabilities Summer Workshop

Abstract submissions are due by June 10th. Registration ends on June 17th.

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Workshop Schedule

Schedule subject to updates. Additional information will be added as we plan each session

Abstract Details

This session will highlight the scientific achievements of the Unified Forecast System (UFS) Short-Range Weather Application including research, development, testing, and evaluation of the 3D Real Time Mesoscale Analysis system (3DRTMA) and Rapid Refresh Forecast System (RRFS).

This session will feature cutting-edge research toward the development, testing, and evaluation of the next generation Global Forecast System (GFS) for medium range weather out to 16 days and the Global Ensemble Forecast system (GEFS) for sub-seasonal ensemble forecasts out to 45 days based on the global coupled Unified Forecast System (UFS) Medium Range Weather (MRW) and Sub-seasonal to Seasonal (S2S) applications.

This session will feature cutting-edge research towards the development, testing, and evaluation of the next generation hurricane forecast system:  the Hurricane Analysis and Forecast System (HAFS).

With an eye towards the future, this session will feature presentations about cutting-edge research towards the development, testing, and evaluation of upcoming UFS applications, including but not limited to, coastal, space weather, fire weather, and hydrology.

In this session featuring cross-cutting components of the Unified Forecast System (UFS), presentations will feature cutting-edge research that will impact multiple applications, including scale-aware physics, data assimilation, coupled data assimilation, coupling processes, and component models.

In this session featuring cross-cutting components of the Unified Forecast System, presentations will feature cutting-edge research that will impact multiple applications, including modeling architecture and infrastructure, verification and validation, and postprocessing.

We invite community members to submit abstracts that highlight their successes and challenges working with research to operations to research (R2O2R) to get their innovations into operations. Abstracts highlighting successes and challenges with research to commercialization or product application are encouraged to highlight how UFS applications have been used in your context.

Share your research, use case, or innovation with other community members during our poster session and networking mixer! Abstract submissions to the poster session are encouraged.

Instructions for Abstract Authors

How to Register for the Workshop and Submit your abstract

Choose the session at which you would like to present. Not sure which one to choose?  Read through the session details (view Abstract Details).

  • Follow the steps in the Google Form to upload your abstract. The deadline to submit an abstract is June 10.
    • If you have already registered, you can go back in and edit the form in order to submit your abstract(s).
    • You may submit multiple abstracts for multiple sessions, but program chairpersons may limit the number of oral presentations per speaker.
    • There is no fee to register or submit an abstract.
    • You will have the option to present in-person or virtually with virtual details forthcoming.
    • You may also submit an abstract for a poster session. 
  • Check your inbox for a confirmation email of your registration and abstract submission.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many people will be

attending the workshop

in-person? 

How many people will be attending the workshop in-person?

Due to venue limitations, attendance for in-person portions of the workshop will be limited to 200 people. Online attendance is unlimited.

What COVID precautions 

will be in place?

What COVID precautions will be in place?

The planning committee is taking steps to protect the health and safety of all of our participants. Here’s what we’re doing:

Monitoring community levels: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updates their community levels indicator weekly on Thursday’s at 8:00 pm ET. A member of our staff checks the community levels for College Park in Prince George’s County, MD every Friday morning to ensure the COVID community level remains LOW. Here’s our plan if the community levels change:

 
  • MEDIUM:  If the community level in Prince George’s County, MD changes to MEDIUM community transmission within two weeks of the workshop, the planning committee will take the following steps: 
 
    • Require that all attendees wear masks that comply with CDC guidelines (here) 
 
    • Require that all attendees show proof of vaccination OR provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test within three days of attending the workshop. 
 
      • All of the health information that you provide to us will follow health data management best practices. 
 
  • Limit in-person registration to 100 attendees to allow for social distancing. 

 

  • HIGH: If the community level in Prince George’s County, MD changes to HIGH community transmission within two weeks of the workshop, the planning committee will take the following steps: 
    •  

    • Require that all attendees wear masks that comply with CDC guidelines (here)
 
    • Require that all attendees show proof of vaccination OR provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test within three days of attending the workshop. 
 
      • All of the health information that you provide to us will follow health data management best practices. 
 
  • Limit in-person registration to 75 attendees to allow for social distancing.
 
  • At this point, the planning committee will strongly consider moving the event to fully virtual. 
 
To learn more about community levels and COVID prevention at each level, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/science/community-levels.html#anchor_47145 

Venue Information

Venue Information

  1.  
We’re working with the venue to provide you with as much information as possible. Here’s what we know so far:
  • Hotel staff will be required to wear masks until December 2022. This means that everyone serving food, providing maintenance, and helping you during your stay will be masked. 

 
  • Rooms and frequently touched surfaces are cleaned daily. 

 
  • The main workshop room does not have windows. 

 
  • Based on the number of people who attend the workshop, there will be 6-7 people seated at each table. 

 

  • Booking for Holiday in College Park:  Group rate is $119/night plus 13% taxes and includes 1 voucher for a hot breakfast buffet.
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