The Developmental Testbed Center (DTC) is pleased to announce an upcoming community workshop on Numerical Weather Prediction test plan and metrics for model validation and verification. The workshop, to take place at the NCWCP in College Park, MD, will be held for two and a half days prior to the NGGPS Strategic Implementation Planning (SIP) meeting at the same location. The major goal of this workshop is to develop a community test plan with common validation and verification metrics for the emerging Unified Forecast System (UFS). When complete, the plan will serve as a guide for the NWP community for testing and validating new developments for the UFS models and components, and for verifying the UFS for both historical and real-time forecasts using observations and analyses, through standardized hierarchical testing. While metrics for all spatial and temporal scales for NWP models will be open for discussion at the workshop, emerging topics such as the verification of Convective Allowing Models, coupled earth system models, and ensemble systems will be emphasized.
The full two days of the workshop (July 30th - July 31st) will utilize mornings for participant presentations and short discussion periods, with the afternoons focusing on editing plan documents in various topic-based breakout sessions. Participants are requested to bring a laptop or tablet to assist in the real-time development of planning documents during the breakout sessions. A wrap-up session will be held on the final morning (August 1st). NGGPS Strategic Implementation Planning (SIP) meeting attendees are encouraged to participate in the Test Plan and Metrics wrap-up session prior to their meeting starting the afternoon of August 1st.