Ocean Modeling Workshop
NCEP, World Weather Building
Camp Springs, MD
14-15 January 2008
January 10, 2008
The NOAA Science Advisory Board on Ocean Modeling at NCEP provided a report to NOAA in July of 2004. In August 2005, NOAA responded to this report with a letter from Vice Admiral Lautenbacher to the Science Advisory Board, detailing NOAA’s response to the findings of the board. In the report and the response, NCEP has been charged to become the “computational backbone” for operational ocean modeling within NOAA. In particularly from the response to the report states that the charge is
“to develop a national backbone capability for ocean, coastal ocean and Great Lakes modeling as part of an integrated operational Earth System Model … [to] serve as the foundation for operational environmental prediction for a diverse array of customers and partners.“
Within NOAA, the primary responsibility for basin-scale modeling resides with NCEP, whereas the responsibility for regional and coastal scales is shared by partners inside and outside NOAA (NOS, OAR, IOOS Regional Associations, etc.).
We organize this workshop with two goals: 1) to identify user needs from NOAA and outside partners for the development of models and potential products within NCEP. 2) To lay the foundation for establishing broad partnerships inside and outside of NOAA for providing ocean-related forecast products and services.
NCEP needs the input from a broad range of stakeholders and partners to achieve these goals, initially with a focus on physical models. NCEP also wants attendees to focus on strategies and organizational capabilities (both for NCEP and the community). Therefore, the workshop is intentionally being kept small. Participation is by invitation only. We expect that outcomes from this workshop will result in broader science and technology workshops in the near future.
Attached is an outline of the meeting agenda. We have not been able to contact all of our requested speakers, so your name may appear without us having contacted you yet. Speakers are encouraged to contact other attendees from the attendance list for additional input. The final agenda will be provided at the workshop.
Day 1: Goal: Assess user needs at all spatial and temporal scales (ocean–region-coast, weather-climate). Presentations are intended to be short (20 min) and focus on the goals (user needs) for this day.
09:00-09:15 Introduction of the meeting by NCEP. Louis Uccellini and Hendrik Tolman
09:15-10:15 Global and basin scale modeling
10:30-11:30 Coastal, regional and estuarine scale modeling.
13:00 – 16:30 Discussion on model requirements and partnerships.
To focus the discussion, we would like to address these questions.
Day 2: Goal: Assess available technology and partnerships. The focus will be mainly on global and regional scales, because these scales need to be resolved first in a proper backbone capability. Presentations will be approximately 20 min focusing on technical capabilities and gaps therein.
09:00-09:40 General physical models
09:40-10:40 Basin scale physical models
Gregg Jacobs (NRL-Stennis).
11:00 -12:00 Regional and coastal physical models
12:00-12:40 Ecosystems modeling
13:30 – 15:45 Discussion on technical needs and partnerships.
In the present funding environment, it is impossible to do development effectively alone. A key way of moving forward is with practical partnerships in developing technical capabilities. How can we do this effectively? Some short presentation will be given on this topic. (Eric Chassignet, Dale Haidvogel). To focus the subsequent discussion, we would like to address these questions.
15:45:16:00 Wrap up and assignments.