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NOAA Issues Funds for Weather, Water Hazard Forecasting Tech Transfer; John Cortinas Comments

NOAALogoThe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has invested $6 million in a technology transfer initiative to obtain scientific and technological systems from government and academia.

NOAA said Monday it will apply the new systems across the National Weather Service in an effort to aid in weather and water hazards forecasting functions.

“This funding represents another important step to get new tools and technologies more rapidly into the hands of our weather forecasters who serve communities around the nation,” said John Cortinas, director of the NOAA Research Office of Weather and Air Quality.

Scientists and forecasters will coordinate to adapt the methods and tools to NWS forecast models and computers under the Joint Technology Transfer Initiative.

The 2016 grant competition focused on projects that help to predict severe storm and water through forecast models, new observational technologies and methods to integrate data into weather forecast models.

NOAA awarded funds to projects that aim to enhance the accuracy of rainfall estimates and weather forecasts and to use radar to transmit observations and real-time waterway flow alerts to forecasters.

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