2014 Workshop Summary
NOAA's 5th Testbed and Proving Ground Workshop was held April 16–18, 2014 at the NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction in College Park, MD. The workshop brought together NOAA's Testbeds and Proving Grounds (TBPG) managers and scientists, through in person and remote-access participation, to provide updates on recent and featured accomplishments, promote collaboration and integrated testing opportunities, and foster best practices. Participants (in-person and remote) included scientists from across NOAA, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, NASA, and several universities.
NCEP Director Bill Lapenta, and Line Office Transition Managers Gary Matlock (OAR) and John Murphy (NWS) provided the opening comments to the workshop. On Day 2, NWS Director Louis Uccellini shared perspectives on NOAA TBPG, followed by Ming Ji, acting portfolio lead for NWS' Science and Technology Integration.
Managers for the eleven NOAA TBPG facility managers highlighted updates and recent testing accomplishments. In additional sessions, managers of emerging testbeds and proving ground capabilities, and on affiliated testing programs highlighted recent progress and plans.
The special science theme session on TBPG testing on Advances in Environmental Prediction featured 21 papers. Ten were selected competitively for oral presentation on the basis of impact of work, design/conduct/conclusiveness of testing, and collaboration. Chad Gravelle (CIMSS and NWS Operations and Services Proving Ground) won the citation for best theme session paper based on the above criteria and also, clearest communication, for his presentation "Transitioning the GOES-R Fog and Low Stratus Products from Research To Operations Through the NWS Operations Proving Ground." Lively discussions at the accompanying poster session covered a range of important case studies and related testing activities.
The workshop concluded with a discussion of challenges and opportunities for NOAA TBPG, related to five general topics: Strengthening ties to mission impacts; strengthening partnerships for execution; strengthening outcomes of transitions; targeted opportunities for TBPG; and general best practices.
Presentations are available on the workshop agenda page. Next year's workshop is planned for Spring 2015, with an integrating science theme TBD.