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hydrologic community
NOAA’s existing computational infrastructure software for water forecasting - the NWS River Forecast System (NWSRFS) - is no longer flexible enough to support the burgeoning needs of the hydrometeorological community of the 21st century. A new, modern CHPS software infrastructure, built on standard software packages and protocols, and open data modeling standards, will provide the basis from which new and existing hydraulic and hydrologic models and data can be shared within a broader hydrologic community. Developed using a "service oriented architecture," an emerging standard for large-scale system design, CHPS enables scientists and programmers to work together and rapidly transition new innovative analyses and forecast techniques (e.g., water quality models) from the drawing board to operational deployment.

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