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EPIC will advance weather modeling skill, reclaiming and maintaining international leadership in the area of Numerical Weather Prediction, and improving Research to Operations (R2O) by: Leveraging the weather enterprise to provide expertise on removing barriers to improving NWP; Enabling scientists and engineers to effectively collaborate in areas important for improving operational global NWP skill, including model development, data assimilation techniques, system architecture integration, and computational efficiencies; Strengthening NOAA’s ability to undertake research projects in pursuit of substantial advancements in weather forecast skill; Utilizing and leveraging existing resources across NOAA’s enterprise; and Creating a community global weather research modeling system.Yep, this sounds like Beltway language doesn’t it.
Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017
The goal of EPIC is to accelerate scientific advancements from the research community to produce the most accurate and reliable operational modeling system in the world.Universities, federal labs, and private sector partners will be conducting research through a common infrastructure aligned with NOAA's operational modeling suite.
NOAA is working closely with the Unified Forecast System (UFS) community to provide its operational modeling suite to the weather enterprise for community-based modeling.
In doing so, NOAA along with our partners will be able to leverage each other's model advancements across systems that are shared and adopted within the UFS framework.
DaNa L. Carlis, Ph.D.
OWAQ Program Manager for NGGPS/EPIC NOAA's Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research
Challenges with rainfall forecasts in Tropical Depression Imelda in Texas (2019) and rapid intensity changes observed with Hurricane Michael (2018) affirm the need for the EPIC framework.
I believe EPIC is a positive step to ensure a more nimble and responsive U.S.
weather model capability as we keep pace with or attempt to surpass other global modeling efforts.
J.Marshall Shepherd, PhD, University of Georiga, Testimony to U.S. House of Represenatives Science Committee