About DTCenter

DTC is a distributed facility where the NWP community can test and evaluate new models and techniques for use in research and operations.

Fundamental Purpose of DTC

Fundamental Purpose of DTC - diagram showing bridge between research and operations

To serve as a bridge between research and operations to facilitate the activities of both halves of the NWP Community in pursuit of their own objectives:

  • Research community gets a functionally similar operational environment to test and evaluate new NWP methods in retrospective extended period tests using advanced tools
  • Operational community benefits from DTC testing and evaluation of strengths and weaknesses of new NWP advances prior to consideration for operational implementation

DTC's Goals are to:

  • Link Research and Operational Communities
  • Speed transition of research results into operations
  • Accelerate improvement in weather forecasts
  • Develop and test promising new NWP techniques
  • Provide an opportunity for NWP community to perform cycled or real-time tests of model and data assimilation systems