In this presentation, we demonstrate StormSurgeViz, a project funded by NOAA's Joint Hurricane Testbed 2013 program. We describe the "community on-boarding" process that enables models to participate in collectively providing real-time information to end-users. StormSurgeViz is a MATLAB-based graphical user interface developed as an end-user application for visualizing and analyzing storm surge and wave forecasts. There are four essential building blocks to StormSurgeViz: 1) THREDDS/OPeNDAP servers to host and archive model output; 2) NetCDF Climate and Forecast metadata conventions and the extension for unstructured grids (UGRID); 3) NCTOOLBOX, a community-based MATLAB toolbox that accesses common data model datasets using NetCDF-Java as the data access layer; and 4) NcML, the netCDF markup language. StormSurgeViz can access, display, and analyze any model dataset available on a THREDDS server and with the minimum, community-defined metadata description, independent of the models' implementation details (such as the nature of the underlying computational grid).