A new OAR technical report informs the development of next-generation NOAA climate reanalysis

  • 20 January 2016
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A new OAR/Climate Program Office (CPO) Report, summarizing key outcomes of the May 2015 NOAA Climate Reanalysis Task Force Technical Workshop held at the NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction in College Park, Maryland, has just been published.

The NOAA Climate Reanalysis Task Force, coordinated by the CPO Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections (MAPP) Program, organized the workshop and prepared the subsequent report, which represents an important contribution to informing the development of next generation of NOAA reanalysis. Climate reanalysis combines various observations into estimates of the past state of the Earth system, thereby serving as an essential tool for monitoring, analyzing and forecasting the climate.

This report will help advance community-wide climate reanalysis efforts by enhancing awareness of complementary reanalysis efforts at various national and international institutions, and by identifying key challenges and possible solutions to the competing uses of reanalysis datasets within the National Weather Service and other operational centers.

The report describes the presentations and vigorous discussions at the workshop of task force activities, reanalysis developments in the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Prediction and other U.S. weather and climate forecasting centers, and international reanalysis efforts.

Access a PDF of the report at: cpo.noaa.gov/sites/cpo/MAPP/pdf/ClimateReanalysisTaskForceWorkshopReport.pdf




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