2016 Workshop Summary
NOAA's 7th Testbed and Proving Grounds (TBPG) Workshop was held April 5–6, 2016 at the NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction in College Park, MD. Representatives from all 12 NOAA TBPG (including from the newest addition since the last workshop, the Arctic Testbed – ATB), and other NOAA, academic, and private partners were in attendance—totaling more than 70 participants
Paula Davidson, NOAA's TBPG coordinating committee chair, opened the workshop with an introduction and overview highlighting the goals and purpose of NOAA's TBPG. The morning of the 1st day was devoted to oral presentations from TBPG managers (or their representatives). Each presentation highlighted activities from the previous year, testbed metrics for the previous year (i.e. a description of the progress each testing activity along the ladder of operational implementation), as well as anticipated testing activities for next year. The 2nd half of the 1st day included science theme session presentations selected from abstracts submitted on work conducted at the NOAA TBPG community that addressed this year's science theme, "Communicating Probabilistic Environmental Intelligence and Forecast Information" aimed at enhancing NOAA's communication of probabilistic environmental information. Presentations by the Chris Karstens on testing at the Hazardous Weather Testbed (HWT), and Kelly Mahoney on testing conducted at the Hydrometeorology Testbed (HMT), won best paper and honorable mention respectively. Karstens et. al, presented recent work done to test automated probabilistic guidance in the forecasting process for defining hazardous weather threats. Mahoney et. al, highlighted recent work done to include a probabilistic component in the National Water Model, a new feature planned as part of the services provided by NOAA's National Water Center.
Day #2, featured interactive discussion with a poster session for presentations from affiliated partners of the NOAA testbed and proving ground community as well as additional science theme abstracts. The rest of the 2nd day included a fruitful discussion between a panel of NOAA testbed managers and workshop participants. Panel members provided their perspective on areas of emerging science, possible obstacles for those areas, and solutions for any obstacles, setting up a lively dialogue with the participants. A common theme concerned additional areas of collaboration among TBPG, enhancing awareness of ongoing activities and leveraging best practices shared across the TBPG community.
Presentations are available from the workshop agenda page.