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NOAA Testbeds and Proving Grounds Portal

NOAA’s Testbeds and Proving Grounds facilitate the orderly transition of research capabilities to operational implementation through development testing in testbeds, and pre-deployment testing and operational readiness/suitability evaluation in operational proving grounds, as described in the Charter revised in 2020.

In 2011, a coordinating committee was established to facilitate communication and provide coordination and consistency among the approved testbeds (TBs) and operational proving grounds (PGs) in NOAA. The Testbeds and Proving Grounds Coordinating Committee (TBPGCC) is a subcommittee of the Line Office Transition Manager Committee, which is a subcommittee of the NOAA Research Council.

Arctic Testbed

ATB facilitates testing and evaluation of new research, guidance, forecast techniques, products, and services to improve forecast process and decision support activities. Charter

Aviation Weather Testbed

AWT tests new science and technology to produce better aviation weather products and services. Charter 

Climate Testbed

CTB accelerates transition of scientific advances from the climate research community to improved NOAA climate forecast products and services. Charter 

Coastal and Ocean Modeling Testbed

COMT accelerates transition of advances from the coastal and ocean modeling research community to improved operational ocean products and services. Charter 

Developmental Testbed

DTC improves weather forecasts by facilitating transition of the most promising new NWP techniques from research into operations.  Charter

Satellite Proving Ground

SPG tests and evaluates the utilization of satellite observations through impact assessments, and incorporates feedback to improve relevant satellite driven products and services. Charter 

Hazardous Weather Testbed

HWT accelerates transition of new meteorological insights and technologies into advances in forecasting and warning for hazardous weather events. Charter 

Hydrometeorology Testbed

HMT is motivated to make communities that are more resilient to the impacts of extreme precipitation on lives, property, water supply and ecosystems. Charter 

Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation

JCSDA accelerates and improves use of research and operational satellite data in weather, ocean, climate and environmental analysis and prediction systems. Charter 

Joint Hurricane Testbed

JHT is a competitive, peer-reviewed, granting process to choose the best mature research products for testing and transitioning to operations. Charter 

Operations Proving Ground

OPG serves as a framework to advance NWS decision-support services and science and technology for a weather-ready nation. Charter 

Space Weather Prediction Testbed

SWPT supports development and transition of new space weather models, products, and services. Infuses new research to improve accuracy, lead-time and value of products, forecasts, alerts, watches, and warnings. Charter