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Webinar: Coordinating the Giant: The Earth Prediction Innovation Center

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Thursday, 13 January 2022, 3:00

Thursday, January 13, 2022. 3:00 PM. Webinar: Coordinating the Giant: The Earth Prediction Innovation Center. Maoyi Huang, Earth Prediction Innovation Center/NOAA. Sponsored by the National Weather Service. More information here.

Abstract: The Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017 (WRFIA) instructs NOAA to prioritize improving weather data, modeling, computing, forecasting and warnings for the protection of life and property and for the enhancement of the national economy. The National Integrated Drought Information System Reauthorization Act of 2018 (NIDISRA) instructs NOAA to establish the Earth Prediction Innovation Center (EPIC) to accelerate community-developed scientific and technological enhancements into the operational applications for numerical weather prediction (NWP) with the following responsibilities:1. Leveraging the weather enterprise to provide expertise on removing barriers to improving numerical weather prediction;2. Enabling scientists and engineers to effectively collaborate in areas important for improving operational global NWP skill, including model development, data assimilation techniques, systems architecture integration, and computational efficiencies;3. Strengthening NOAA's ability to undertake research projects in pursuit of substantial advancements in weather forecast skill;4. Utilizing and leverage existing resources across NOAA's enterprise;5. Creating a community global weather research modeling system that is; 1) Accessible by the public; 2) Meets basic end-user requirements for running on public computers and networks located outside of secure NOAA information and technology systems; and; 3) Utilizes, whenever appropriate and cost-effective, innovative strategies and methods, including cloud-based computing capabilities, for hosting and management of part or all of the system described in this subsection. A fundamental question is how EPIC will accelerate the rate of transitioning innovative research and development into NOAA NWP operational applications. This presentation will highlight several important cultural, organizational and technological developments in the past several years within and external to NOAA that position EPIC to be successful in the near term and in the long term.

Bio(s): Dr. Maoyi Huang is the Earth Prediction Innovation Center Program Manager with the NOAA's Weather Program Office (WPO). Maoyi worked in the National Weather Service's Office of Science and Technology Integration as COASTAL Act Program Manager, and the lead of land, water, coastal and cross-cutting infrastructure program areas before joining WPO. Prior to NOAA, Maoyi was a senior research scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory from 2010-2020, and faculty member at the State University of New York at Buffalo from 2008-2009. Maoyi holds a BS in Geography from Sun Yat-sen University, MS in Atmospheric Sciences from Peking University, and a MS and PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from University of California at Berkeley. She has authored over 100 peer reviewed articles on topics ranging from observational studies of the terrestrial hydrological and ecosystems to modeling studies using an Earth system modeling approach.

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