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Program Subject Area      Project Title                    Principal Inverstigator(s) PI Affiliation  Project Start    Project End       Total Budget
CSTAR Ensembles An Evaluation and Application of Multi-Model Ensembles in Operations for High Impact Weather over the Eastern U.S. Brian Colle SUNY Stony Brook 10/1/2013 9/30/2017 $337,722
CSTAR Synoptic Weather Advancing Analysis, Forecast, and Warning Decision Support Capabilities for High-Impact Weather James Steenburgh and John Horel University of Utah 9/1/2013 8/31/2017 $250,000
CSTAR Synoptic Weather Collaborative Research with the National Weather Service on the Occurrence and Prediction of High-Impact Precipitation Events in the Northeastern U.S. Kristen Corbosiero and Ryan Torn SUNY Albany 9/1/2013 8/31/2017 $375,000
CSTAR Tropical Weather Improved Forecasting of Extreme Rainfall Events Associated with Tropical Cyclones Henry Fuelberg Florida State University 9/1/2013 8/31/2017 $299,307
CSTAR Data Assimilation, Ensembles Application of Dense Surface Observations for High-Resolution Ensemble-Based Analysis and Prediction Clifford Mass University of Washington 9/1/2013 8/31/2017 $372,287
CSTAR Hydrology, Ensembles Understanding and Improving the Full Hydrometeorological Forecasting Chain Using Multimodel Ensembles Alfonso Mejia Penn State University 5/1/2014 4/30/2018 $291,189
CSTAR Atmospheric Physics Improving Understanding and Prediction of High Impact Weather Associated with Low-Topped Severe Convection in the Southeastern U.S. Matthew Parker, Joanna Jones, Gary Lackmann North Carolina State University 5/1/2014 4/30/2018 $375,000
CSTAR Coastal Weather An Ensemble-Based Approach to Forecasting Surf, Set-Up, and Surge in the Coastal Zone Stephen Lazarus and Robert Weaver Florida Institute of Technology 7/1/2014 6/30/2018 $374,565
CSTAR Hazardous Weather Improving Warning Decision Support for Convective Storm Events in the Eastern United States Paul Markowski and Barbara Rigg Penn State University 5/1/2014 4/30/2018 $375,000
CSTAR Atmospheric Physics Development of Probabilistic and Sensitivity-Based Forecast Tools to Improve High-Impact Forecasting Guidance at the NWS Brian Ancell Texas Tech University 5/1/2014 4/30/2018 $369,333
CSTAR Data Assimilation, Ensembles A Partnership to Develop and Evaluate Optimized Realtime Convective-Scale Ensemble Data Assimilation and Prediction Systems for Hazardous Weather Ming Xue University of Oklahoma 5/1/2016 4/30/2019 $450,000
CSTAR Atmospheric Physics Prediction of Heavy Banded Snowfall: Resolution Requirements, Microphysical Sensitivity, and Hydrometeor Lofting Gary Lackmann, Joanna Jones, Jennifer Teixera North Carolina State University 5/1/2016 4/30/2019 $355,734
CSTAR Decision Support Major Risks, Uncertain Outcomes: Making Ensemble Forecasts Work for Multiple Audiences Burrell Montz East Carolina University 7/1/2016 6/30/2018 $132,997
CSTAR Atmospheric Physics Development of Improved Diagnostics, Numerical Models, and Situational Awareness of High-Impact Cyclones and Convective Weather Events Kristen Corbosiero SUNY Albany 5/1/2016 4/30/2019 $450,000
CSTAR Atmospheric Physics Adaptive, High Resolution Modeling for the Arctic Test Bed at NWS Alaska Thomas Heinrichs University of Alaska-Fairbanks 5/1/2016 4/30/2019 $450,000
CSTAR Atmospheric Physics Collaborative Research on Improved Understanding and Prediction of Warm-Season (Derecho) and Cold-Season (Intense Mesoscale Snow Banding) High Impact Events Robert Hart and Henry Fuelberg Florida State University 5/1/2016 4/30/2019 $449,019
CSTAR Post-Processing, Hazardous Weather Using Reforecasts and Historical Observations to Assess Severe Weather Threat in the Extended Forecast Period Charles Graves Saint Louis University 5/1/2016 4/30/2018 $212,325
CSTAR Verification, Atmospheric Physics Collaborative Research to Advance Analysis, Forecast, and Decision Support Services for High-Impact Weather Events James Steenburgh, John Horel, and Courtenay Strong University of Utah 7/1/2017 6/30/2020 $450,000
CSTAR Atmospheric Physics Understanding Fundamental Processes and Evaluating High-Resolution Model Forecasts in High-Shear Low-CAPE Severe Storm Environments Matthew Parker and Gary Lackmann North Carolina State University 7/1/2017 6/30/2020 $436,719
CSTAR Ensembles Ensemble Sub-setting within Optimized Ensembles to Improve Probabilistic Prediction of Severe Weather Brian Ancell and Christopher Weiss Texas Tech University 7/1/2017 6/30/2020 $444,686
CSTAR Ensembles, Decision Support Better Use of Ensembles in the Forecast Process: Scenario Based Tools for Predictability Studies and Hazardous Weather Communication Brian Colle, Edmund Kar-Man Chang, and Christine O'Connell SUNY Stony Brook 7/1/2017 6/30/2020 $420,671
CSTAR Hydrology, Ensembles Applications of HRRR Ensembles for Hydrologic Prediction using the WRF-Hydro and SACSMA Models Kristie Franz and William Gallus Iowa State University 7/1/2017 6/30/2019 $229,768
HFIP Tropical Weather Improving Vortex Initialization in HWRF Multiple-Level Nested Domains with GSI Hybrid Data Assimilation Zhaoxia Pu University of Utah 9/1/2014 8/31/2017 $198,208
HFIP Tropical Weather Assessing the Predictability of Tropical Cyclone Intensity using HWRF Ryan Torn SUNY Albany 8/1/2014 7/31/2018 $337,385
HFIP Tropical Weather Addressing Deficiencies in Forecasting Tropical Cyclone Rapid Intensification in HWRF Jun Zhang, David Nolan and Hua Chen University of Miami 8/1/2014 7/31/2018 $389,332
HFIP Tropical Weather Advancing the assimilation of airborne hurricane observations using the GSI-based hybrid ensemble-variational data assimilation system for HWRF Xuguang Wang University of Oklahoma 8/1/2014 7/31/2018 $294,099
HFIP Tropical Weather Understanding the impact of sub-grid scale physics in HWRF on the predicted inner-core structure and intensity of tropical cyclones Ping Zhu Florida International University 8/1/2014 7/31/2018 $333,090
NGGPS Testbeds Synoptic Weather Validation of Significant Weather Features and Processes in Operational Models Using a Cyclone Relative Approach Brian Colle SUNY Stony Brook 5/1/2015 4/30/2018 $415,219
NGGPS Testbeds Post-Processing, Hazardous Weather Test and Evaluation of Rapid Post-Processing and Information Extraction from Large Convection Allowing Ensembles Applied to 0-3hr Tornado Outlooks James Correia University of Oklahoma 5/1/2015 4/30/2018 $329,282
NGGPS Testbeds Hazardous Weather Improvement of Convective/Severe Weather Prediction through an Integrative Analysis of WRF Simulations and NEXRAD/GOES Observations over the CONUS Baike Xi, Xiquan Dong

University of Arizona

University of North Dakota

5/1/2015 4/30/2018 $491,707
NGGPS Testbeds Tropical Weather, Ensembles Exploitation of Ensemble Prediction System Information in support of Atlantic Tropical Cyclogenesis Prediction Christopher Thorncroft SUNY Albany 5/1/2015 4/30/2018 $378,566
NGGPS Testbeds Hazardous Weather Data Mining of High-resolution Storm-scale Data Sets Travis Smith University of Oklahoma 5/1/2015 4/30/2018 $368,240
NGGPS Testbeds Synoptic Weather An Investigation of the Skill of Week Two Extreme Temperature and Precipitation Forecasts at NCEP-WPC Lance Bosart SUNY Albany 5/1/2015 4/30/2018 $449,994
NGGPS Testbeds Hazardous Weather Information Extraction and Verification of Numerical Weather Predication for Severe Weather Forecasting Israel Jirak University of Oklahoma 5/1/2015 4/30/2018 $429,784
NGGPS Satellite Modeling, Data Assimilation Enhancing NCEP GFS Forecasts via Assimilating Satellite Soil Moisture and Snow Observations Mitchell A. Schull, Christopher Hain University of Maryland 5/1/2015 4/30/2018 $280,000
NGGPS Ensembles, Weeks 3-4 Accelerating Development of NOAA's NGGPS for Week-3 and Week-4 Weather Prediction James Kinter George Mason University 5/1/2015 4/30/2018 $401,897
NGGPS Atmospheric Physics Developing Physics-Oriented Diagnostic Tools for Model Evaluation and Improvement Zhuo Wang University of Illinois 5/1/2015 4/30/2018 $214,673
NGGPS Aerosol Modeling Investigation of Aerosol Effects on Weather Forecasts using NCEP Global Forecast System Sarah Lu SUNY Albany 5/1/2015 4/30/2018 $286,913
NGGPS Atmospheric Physics Integrating Unified Gravity Wave Physics into the Next Generation Global Prediction System Timothy Fuller-Rowell University of Colorado 5/1/2015 4/30/2018 $468,629
NGGPS Data Assimilation Development of Advanced Data Assimilation Techniques for Improved use of Satellite-Derived Atmospheric Motion Vectors James Jung University of Wisconsin 5/1/2015 4/30/2018 $317,130
NGGPS Aerosol Modeling Evaluating the Impact of Cloud-Aerosol-Precipitation Interaction (CAPI) Schemes on Rainfall Forecast in the NGGPS Zhanqing Li, Seoung-Sae Lee University of Maryland 5/1/2015 4/30/2018 $379,501
NGGPS Atmospheric Physics Advancing Storm-Scale Forecasts over Nested Domains for High-Impact Weather David Stensrud Penn State University 5/1/2015 4/30/2018 $447,493
NGGPS Post-Processing Subseasonal Prediction over the Western United States Greg Hakim, Clifford Mass University of Washington 5/1/2015 4/30/2018 $395,275
NGGPS Data Assimilation Improving Global and Hurricane Prediction by Using Minimum-Cost Large Ensemble in GFS 4DEnVar Hybrid Data Assimilation System Xuguang Wang University of Oklahoma 5/1/2015 4/30/2018 $388,917
NGGPS Ensembles, Climate Modeling Development and testing of a multi-model ensemble prediction system for sub-monthly forecasts Andrew Robertson Columbia University 5/1/2015 4/30/2018 $446,438
NGGPS Data Assimilation, Tropical Weather Improved Tropical Cyclone Initialization for NCEP Operations Kayo Ide University of Maryland 5/1/2015 4/30/2018 $319,569
NGGPS Data Assimilation An Operational Hybrid 3DVar/EnKF Ocean Assimilation System - NCEP Stephen Penny University of Maryland 5/1/2015 4/30/2018 $437,309
NGGPS Atmospheric Physics Estimation and Correction of the GFS Systematic Errors Eugenia Kalnay University of Maryland 9/1/2016 8/31/2018 $289,818
NGGPS Verification Advancing Forecast Verification and Model Development Efforts through the Development of A Flexible Satellite-Based Verification System for the GFS Jason Otkin University of Wisconsin 9/1/2016 8/31/2018 $370,478
NGGPS Climate Modeling Improving Global Wind-Wave Probabilistic Forecasts and Products Beyond Week 2 Stephen Penny University of Maryland 1/1/2017 12/31/2018 $328,330
NGGPS Data Assimilation Implementation and testing of lognormal humidity and cloud-related control variables for the NCEP GSI hybrid EnVar assimilation scheme Steven Fletcher Colorado State University 9/1/2016 8/31/2018 $399,702
NGGPS Atmospheric Physics Implementation of a Processes-Based Evaluation System for Tracing the Sources of Systematic Errors and their Evolution with Forecast Lead time in the NGGPS Ming Cai Florida State University 9/1/2016 8/31/2018 $311,718
NGGPS Climate Modeling Weather Regime Diagnostic Tools for Sub-Monthly Ensemble Forecasts Andrew Robertson Columbia University 1/1/2017 12/31/2018 $377,534
NGGPS Data Assimilation Enhancing surface data assimilation and near-surface weather forecasts in NGGPS through improved coupling between the land surface and atmosphere Zhaoxia Pu University of Utah 9/1/2016 8/31/2018 $313,632
NGGPS Verification Critical Comparison and Evaluation of Skill Scores in Support of NGGPS Betsy Weatherhead University of Colorado 9/1/2016 8/31/2018 $400,000
NGGPS Atmospheric Physics A High-Resolution Blended Snow Depth Analysis for NGGPS Cezar Kongoli University of Maryland 9/1/2016 8/31/2018 $360,660
NGGPS Climate Modeling Improving Prediction of Large-scale Regime Transitions Paul Roebber University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 9/1/2016 8/31/2018 $392,415
NGGPS Climate Modeling Towards Advancing the MJO and 1-30 day Weather Forecasting in the Fully Coupled NGGPS Joshua Xiouhua Fu University of Hawaii at Manoa 10/1/2016 9/30/2018 $373,303
HFIP Tropical Weather Evaluating Methods of Parameterizing Model Error in the HWRF Ensemble Prediction System Ryan Torn SUNY Albany 9/1/2016 8/31/2018 $328,574
HFIP Tropical Weather Characteristics of Hurricane Intensity Error Growth and Predictability Limit in the HWRF Model Chanh Kieu Indiana University 9/1/2016 8/31/2018 $205,843
HFIP Tropical Weather Probabilistic Prediction of Tropical Cyclone Track, Intensity, and Structure with an Analog Ensemble WIlliam Lewis University of Wisconsin 9/1/2016 8/31/2018 $352,627
HFIP Tropical Weather Further Advancement of HWRF Self-consistent Ensemble-variational Hybrid Data Assimilation System to Improve High Resolution Hurricane Vortex Initialization Xuguang Wang University of Oklahoma 9/1/2016 8/31/2018 $292,285
HFIP Tropical Weather Improving HWRF's Ability to Predict Rapid Change in Tropical Cyclone Intensity Governed by Internal Physical Processes Ping Zhu Florida International University 9/1/2016 8/31/2018 $339,161
NGGPS Testbeds Hazardous Weather Information Extraction and Verification of Convection Allowing Models for Tornado Forecasting Israel Jirak University of Oklahoma 9/1/2016 8/31/2018 $297,690
NGGPS Testbeds Weeks 3-4, Data Assimilation Data Assimilation in the Vertically Extended Global Atmosphere of NEMS Valery Yudin University of Colorado 9/1/2016 8/31/2018 $386,820
NGGPS Testbeds Weeks 3-4, Tropical Weather Advanced Diagnostics for Tropical-Midlatitude Interactions and Teleconnections on Intraseasonal Timescales Cristiana Stan George Mason University 9/1/2016 8/31/2018 $385,606
NGGPS Testbeds Synoptic Weather Developing and Testing a High-Resolution Ensemble-Based 6-10 Day Forecast System for Atmospheric Rivers and Heavy Precipitation over the Western U.S. Clifford Mass University of Washington 9/1/2016 8/31/2018 $343,144
NGGPS Testbeds Data Assimilation Assimilation of GOES-R total lightning into GSI to improve short-term forecasts of high impact weather events at cloud resolving scales Alex Fierro University of Oklahoma 9/1/2016 8/31/2018 $230,048
NGGPS Testbeds Synoptic Weather Evaluation of Model Forecasts of High-Impact Precipitation and Temperature for Days 8-10 James Nelson NCEP/WPC 1/1/2017 12/31/2018 $400,000