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Next Generation Global Prediction System (NGGPS)

NGGPS News & Events

  • STI-M is pleased to announce the FY2020 NWS Office of Science and Technology Integration: Unified Forecast System Funding Opportunity

    OSTI is soliciting research proposals that will advance the development of the community-based Unified Forecast System (UFS) through three competitions: 1) Next Generation Global Prediction System (NGGPS); 2) Weeks 3-4 Program; and 3) Hurricane Forecast Improvement Program (HFIP). This notification is valued at approximately $2,800,000 for the first year of two-year projects. Universities are encouraged to apply. For more details to support NOAA’s development of the UFS, please click here.
  • NOAA upgrades the U.S. global weather forecast model

    On June 12, 2019, the NOAA's Global Forecast System (GFS) had a significant upgrade to include the new dynamical core. GFS v15 will drive global numerical weather prediction into the future with improved forecasts of severe weather, winter storms, and tropical cyclone intensity and track.
    Read more about the upgrade here.
  • Public Release of the Common Community Physics Package (CCPP)

    The Common Community Physics Package (CCPP) v3.0 was publicly released on June 17, 2019. The CCPP contains a library of physical parameterizations (CCPP-Physics), and the framework that connects it to host models (CCPP-Framework). In this release, the CCPP has been bundled with the Global Model Test bed (GMTB) Single Column Model (SCM) v3.0.
    For access to the code and data, please visit the CCPP website here.

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NGGPS Overview

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS) has the responsibility to provide weather, water, and climate information to protect life and property, and enhance the national economy. The NWS mission is to provide the best possible guidance to a wide variety of customers, including emergency managers, forecasters, and the aviation community

The NWS R2O Initiative is expanding and accelerating critical weather forecasting research to operation to address growing service demands, and increase the accuracy of weather forecasts through accelerated development and implementation of current global weather prediction models, improved data assimilation techniques, and improved software architecture and system engineering. The new unified coupled model system will have the flexibility and capability to implement model component improvements as they are developed.

flow chart of NGGPS

The NWS Research to Operations (R2O) initiative's five year plan is to upgrade the current operational Global Forecast System (GFS) to run as a unified, fully coupled Next Generation Global Prediction System (NGGPS) within NEMS (NOAA Environmental Modeling System) infrastructure. Using advanced high performance computing architectures, the system will incorporate the most recent advances in weather prediction modeling from NOAA and the research community.

  • Implement a weather-scale, fully-coupled NWP System
  • Extend forecast skill beyond 8 to 10 days
  • Improve hurricane track and intensity forecast
  • Extend weather forecasting to 30 days

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