Announcement: Experimentation and Development of Physical Parameterizations for Numerical Weather Prediction Using a Single-Column Model and the Common Community Physics Package (CCPP)

AMS Short Course
October 11, 2019

The AMS Short Course on Experimentation and Development of Physical Parameterizations for Numerical Weather Prediction Using a single-column model and the Common Community Physics Package (CCPP)  will be held on 12 January 2020 preceding the 100th AMS Annual Meeting in Boston, MA. Preliminary programs, registration, hotel, and general information will be posted on the AMS Web site.    

The goal of this course is to familiarize participants with new tools for experimentation and development of physical parameterizations for Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP). Students will be exposed to the physics suites available through the Common Community Physics Package (CCPP), a library of physical parameterizations that is in use with NOAA’s Unified Forecast System. Supported suites include the operational GFS, the suite under development for the next operational GFS implementation, the suite used by the Rapid Refresh and High-Resolution Rapid Refresh (RAP/HRRR) models, and a suite developed under the auspices of a NOAA Climate Process Team.

In this course, the CCPP will be taught in conjunction with the Global Model Test Bed (GMTB) single-column model, a simplified framework that enables experimentation in a controlled setting. Various research cases will be provided as forcing datasets for the single-column model, all originating from experimental field campaigns focused on specific meteorological phenomena, such as a DOE-ARM LASSO case focused on shallow convection and a TWP-ICE case focused on maritime deep convection. In addition to its conceptual simplicity, the single-column model is not computationally demanding and can be executed on computers readily available to graduate students or in the cloud. The CCPP and the GMTB single-column model are publicly released and supported community codes (

Instructors include Developmental Testbed Center subject matter experts from NOAA Global Systems Division and the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

Participants are expected to bring their own laptops to be able to participate in the hands-on exercises. Laptops must enable ssh connection. In order to display the results, students must either have the ability to receive data through scp or have X windows support configured.

For more information please contact Ligia Bernardet at the Global Model Test Bed helpdesk at

Short Course/Workshop Registration

All short course/workshop attendees must register and wear a badge/ribbon. Short course/workshop registration is not included in the 99th Annual Meeting registration, and short course/workshop registration does not include registration for the 99th AMS Annual Meeting.

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