US: A new report describes high-priority recommendations to improve the way NOAA develops and operates models. If implemented, unified modeling could reduce costs and optimize resources for NOAA, while utilizing community efforts more effectively.
Developed by the NOAA Unified Modeling Task Force, a group under the auspices of the NOAA Research Council, the report highlights key elements and actions to advance NOAA’s modeling efforts through an approach called unified modeling.
The authors of this report define unified modeling as a transparent and coordinated approach that minimizes redundancies, uses resources efficiently, includes models with multiple components, and leverages expertise in other disciplines.
The NOAA Unified Modeling Task Force was recently formed under the Office of the Chief Scientist and includes members from all NOAA Line Offices. Annarita Mariotti, of the CPO Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections (MAPP) Program, is a co-author of the report.