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NOAA, NCAR Developing Common Weather Modeling Framework

A new partnership between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Center for Atmospheric Research intends to build a common infrastructure for climate modeling. The joint effort aims to foster collaboration and resource sharing between climate modeling scientists from public and private sectors, NOAA said Thursday. The new infrastructure would store shared models, avoid duplications and boost research efficiency for weather and climate forecasts.

“Historically, different architectures for developing weather and climate models across the public and private sector created challenges for implementing the very best systems quickly,” said Neil Jacobs, assistant secretary of commerce for environmental observation and prediction at NOAA. He added the infrastructure would streamline the process and provide a common set of tools for researchers and forecasters to accelerate model production.

NOAA is also looking to update the Global Forecasting System with a new community modeling-based dynamic core designed to drive up forecast accuracy.

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