WPC Hydrometeorology Testbed
The Hydrometeorology Testbed (HMT) at the Weather Prediction Center (WPC) was established by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in order to accelerate the assessment and implementation of new technology, research results, and other scientific advancements from the research and development communities to enhance WPC products and services. The WPC-HMT is designed to enhance and extend forecast skill for high-impact weather, especially precipitation, by facilitating interactions among researchers, operational forecasters, and users. Ultimately, project proposals related to this mission will be solicited from both the meteorological and hydrological communities.
One of the primary functions of the WPC-HMT is to facilitate science infusion from the research and modeling communities to WPC and WFO field forecasters (Research to Operations, or "R2O"). The WPC has over 30 forecasters on staff who work a variety of forecast desks from QPF to medium range to model diagnostics. Our forecast domain covers the entire continental United States (CONUS) as well as Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.
The WPC-HMT invites researchers from both government labs and academia to spend time working with WPC forecasters and the HMT team for a period of time. This invitation is an opportunity for researchers to bring their science to WPC and test it operationally. It is also an opportunity for teaching researchers to gather prediction materials to present to their students. Please note that the WPC-HMT is willing to serve as a co-investigator with researchers interested in working with us.
If you are a researcher and would like to work with the WPC-HMT, here are our main science priorities:
If you are interested in engaging in research with the HMT-WPC, submitting a proposal with us, or simply interested in setting up a visit to WPC, please contact Mike Bodner (WPC-HMT Focal Point).