2018 DTC Community Unified Forecast System Test Plan and Metrics Workshop | Report

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Jul 30 - 31 2018 | National Center for Weather and Climate Prediction (NCWCP), College Park, MD

Executive Summary

The workshop was very productive in identifying how to construct a test plan, choosing metrics for verification and validation (V&V), and creating recommendations for charting the way forward for the development of a hierarchical test harness. Additionally, development of four sample test plans were initiated, which while not binding, give the Unified Forecast System (UFS) community a good starting point for model assessment.

While the importance of using best practices in the development of UFS software should not be overlooked, this aspect of V&V was not a topic of this workshop.