Unified Forecast System (UFS) Users’ Workshop


Jul 27 - 29 2020


UFS logoA community-based, coupled Earth modeling system, the UFS, is under active development to support the Weather Enterprise and to be the source system for NOAA's operational numerical weather prediction forecasts. The UFS numerical applications span local to global domains and predictive timescales from sub-hourly analyses to seasonal predictions. The first application released was the UFS Medium-Range Weather (MRW) Application, which targets atmospheric behavior out to approximately two weeks. The release included the Finite-Volume Cubed-Sphere (FV3) dynamical core, the Common Community Physics Package (CCPP) with four supported physics suites, including the current operational and developmental Global Forecast System (GFS) physics suites, pre-processing utilities, the Unified Post Processor (UPP), and a workflow to build and run the global forecast system. To ensure architectural flexibility and portability, the UFS uses modernized software and infrastructure, providing an opportunity for all parties to share and contribute information in a consistent and up-to-date manner.


For the broadest community engagement, the UFS Users’ Workshop: 

  • Informed the attendees of the most recent updates to the UFS including programmatic and technical status, and perspectives.

  • Informed the community on the capabilities of the UFS and how the community can contribute to the development and improvement of the UFS.

  • Showcased experiences related to various aspects of the modeling system (atmosphere, ocean, sea ice, dynamics, physics, data assimilation, verification, etc.) and range of applications (short-term up to seasonal, global, regional, hurricane, air quality, etc.).

  • Built a platform for the next generation of scientists to become involved with the UFS, providing continued enhancement of the operational forecast system.

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UFS Users’ Workshop Organizing Committee