The NCEP Production Suite and the Transition of Research to Operations:Perspectives from both sides of the “Valley of Death”
The National Centers for Environmental Prediction, Environmental Modeling Center (NCEP/EMC) plays a major role to improve the quality of NOAA's foundational numerical guidance systems. The paper will briefly describe major components of the NOAA operational production suite. In addition, the process used to prioritize system upgrades will be discussed along with a description of the development, testing and implementation process required transition research into NOAA operations. A unique perspective on the “Research to Operations Valley of Death” as seen from both sides of the valley will be provided. The presenter worked 20 years at NASA performing research with MM5/WRF and the last 5 years at NOAA managing upgrades to the operational NOAA modeling suite. The paper will explain how his understanding of the process required to transition research into operations with acceptable risk was woefully incomplete.