PSD Collaborations, Partnerships and Scientific Program Input

Partnerships & Collaborations | Scientific Contributions | Collaborative Data Projects

Current Partnerships and Collaborations

ACRE: Atmospheric Circulation Reconstructions over the EarthACRE undertakes and facilitates the recovery of historical instrumental surface terrestrial and marine global weather observations to underpin 3D weather reconstructions (reanalyses) spanning the last 200-250 years for climate applications and impacts needs worldwide. ACRE was instrumental in supplying input pressure observations for the 20th Century Reanalysis.
BLM: Bureau of Land ManagementIt is the mission of the Bureau of Land Management to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
Atmospheric River Retrospective Forecasting Experiment : ARRFEX This experiment is collaborative effort between NOAA Hydrometeorology Testbed researchers from the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center, and the Earth System Research Laboratory. ARRFEX will retrospectively analyze eight atmospheric river (AR) events that impacted the West Coast of the United States during the 2009-2012 cool seasons, and will focus on identifying techniques that can be used to improve forecasts of atmospheric river (AR) timing, duration, location and quantitative precipitation.
BLM: Wyoming office: Bureau of Land ManagementPSD is collaborating with the BLM and the USGS Fort Collins Science Center on the Wyoming Basics Ecoregional Assessment. The Rapid Ecoregional Assessments (REAs)look across an ecoregion to more fully understand ecological conditions and trends; natural and human influences; and opportunities for resource conservation, restoration, and development.
C-CCAWWG: Federal Climate Change and Water Working GroupC-CCAWWG is a cross-organizational group that was formed to determine the needs of the water management community and foster collaborative efforts between federal and non-federal scientists.
California Department of Water of Water Resources Collaborated on snow level radars, atmsopheric riverss, soil moisture monitoring, GPS-met Network for HMT-Legacy project.
City of San Francisco Waste Water Enterprise Improving quantitative precipitation estimates (QPI).
CLIVAR (US): Climate Variability and Predictability CLIVAR (Climate Variability and Predictability) is an international, interdisciplinary research effort within the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) focusing on the variability and predictability of the slowly varying components of the climate system.
CSU Colorado State University Assisted in developing gap filling radars.
GCOS: Global Climate Observing System GCOS's goal is to provide comprehensive information on the total climate system, involving a multidisciplinary range of physical, chemical and biological properties, and atmospheric, oceanic, hydrological, cryospheric and terrestrial processes. PSD is a member of the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS): Working Group on Surface Pressure.
HFIP: NOAA's Hydrometeorology Testbed HFIP provides the basis for NOAA and other agencies to coordinate hurricane research needed to significantly improve guidance for hurricane track, intensity, and storm surge forecasts. It also engages and aligns the inter-agency and larger scientific community efforts towards addressing the challenges posed to improve hurricane forecasts. The goals of the HFIP are to improve the accuracy and reliability of hurricane forecasts; to extend lead time for hurricane forecasts with increased certainty; and to increase confidence in hurricane forecasts. PSD. PSD staff have, each hurricane season, run a real-time demonstration of a global ensemble Kalman filter and ensemble forecast system which have demonstrated large improvements in hurricane track forecasts and spurred the rapid adoption of these technologies within the National Weather Service.
HMT: NOAA's Hydrometeorology Testbed HMT conducts research on precipitation and weather conditions that can lead to flooding, and fosters transition of scientific advances and new tools into forecasting operations. HMT's outputs support efforts to balance water resource demands and flood control in a changing climate.
ICOADS: International Comprehensive Ocean-Atmosphere Data SetICOADS--the world's most extensive collection of global marine surface observations and monthly summary statistics, presenting extending from the late 17th century to near-real-time--is developed and maintained as a cooperative project, in the US between NOAA (PSD and the National Climatic Data Center) and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), together with extensive international contributions.
NCAR: National Center for Atmospheric Research Helped develop dropsonde system for UAS and Four-mile canyon debris flow project.
NASA: National aeronautics and Space Administration. Helped develop dropsonde system for UAS and Four-mile canyon debris flow project.
NIDIS: National Integrated Drought Information System NIDIS was established to ensure collaboration between different government agencies on drought-related issues.
NC-CSC: North Central Climate Science Center. A Department of the Interior "Science Center" that provide the best available climate science and tools to inform natural resource management within the North Central domain.
NCPP: NOAA Climate Prediction and Projection Pilot Platform NCPP will provide Regional Climate Information (RCI) from monthly to centennial timescales. The NCPP will synthesize state-of-the-art approaches and applications of climate projection information at regional scales to support regional decision-making. PSD is working with them and the NC-CSC to connect climate science and understanding to ecosystem modeling.
NOAAWest: NOAA Western Region Collaboration A Cross-NOAA interdisciplinary team connecting climate,weather,water and ecosystems to improve community, economic and environmental resiliency.
NMFS: NOAA Marine Fishery Service NMFS is responsible for the stewardship of the nation's living marine resources and their habitat. PSD has been collaborating by supplying climate model output and guidance in using it in calculating the impact of climate change on the fish population.
Reclamation: (Department of Interior) Reclamation is a contemporary water management agency with a Strategic Plan outlining numerous programs, initiatives and activities that will help the Western States, Native American Tribes and others meet new water needs and balance the multitude of competing uses of water in the West. Through an agreement with CU/CIRES and Reclamation, scientists in PSD are working on climate and water analysis and modeling to support decisions in water resource management.
SCRIPPS Institution of Oceanography Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego and colleagues from NOAA and the California Department of Water Resources are installing the first of four long-term "atmospheric river observatories" in coastal California this month to better monitor and predict the impacts of landfalling atmospheric rivers.
SCWA: Sonoma County Water Agency. Collaborated on effort to improve precipitation and frost prediction information for Sonoma County.
SEARCH: A Study of Environmental Arctic Change The NOAA Atmospheric Observatory program is establishing long-term, intensive measurements of clouds, radiation, aerosols, surface energy fluxes and chemistry in Eureka/Alert Canada and Tiksi, Russia.
THORPEX: The Observing System Research and Predictability Experiment THORPEX is a 10-year international research and development programme to accelerate improvements in the accuracy of one-day to two-week high impact weather forecasts for the benefit of society, the economy and the environment. THORPEX establishes an organizational framework that addresses weather research and forecast problems whose solutions will be accelerated through international collaboration among academic institutions, operational forecast centres and users of forecast products.
USGS: United States Geological Survey The USGS is a science organization that provides impartial information on the health of our ecosystems and environment, the natural hazards that threaten us, the natural resources we rely on, the impacts of climate and land-use change, and the core science systems that help us provide timely, relevant, and usable information.
WGNE: Working Group on Numerical Experimentation The Working Group on Numerical Experimentation (WGNE), jointly established by the WCRP Joint Scientific Committee (JSC) and the WMO Commission for Atmospheric Sciences (A'S), which is responsible for WWRP and GAW, has the responsibility of fostering the development of atmospheric circulation models for use in weather, climate, water and environmental prediction on all time scales and diagnosing and resolving shortcomings. WGNE promotes co-ordinated numerical experimentation for validating model results, observed atmospheric properties, exploring the natural and forced variability and predictability of the atmosphere, (e.g. the Atmospheric Model Intercomparison Project, AMIP), as well as studies aimed at refining numerical techniques, and the formulation of atmospheric physics processes. PSD has been NOAA's WGNE representative and hosted the 2011 WGNE meeting.
WWA: Western Water Association The Western Water Assessment (WWA) is a university-based applied research program that addresses societal vulnerabilities related to climate, particularly in the area of water resources. Its mission is to identify and characterize regional vulnerabilities to and impacts of climate variability and change, and to develop information, products, and processes to assist decision makers throughout the Intermountain West.
Past Collaborations

Scientific Contributions

  • 2012: Western States Water Council Brochure - Contributed to brochure/policy statement in response to CA Dept. of Water Resources project.
  • 2012: Atmospheric River Detection Tool: An automated technique has been developed to objectively identify and characterize atmospheric river events in satellite-derived and model-based fields of integrated water vapor (IWV) content.
  • 2012: Howard Hansen Dam Rapid ResponseNOAA's Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) and National Weather Service (NWS) worked together to respond rapidly to this crisis for the 2009/10 winter season, drawing from innovations developed in NWS offices and in NOAA's Hydrometeorology Test-bed (HMT).
  • 2012: Assisted the Western Governors' Association (WGA) in the development of Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook report.
  • 2011: Hosted NOAA Water Cycle Science Challenge Workshop. the goal was to "Improve understanding of the water cycle at global to local scales to improve our ability to forecast weather, climate, water resources and ecosystem health.". Final report.
  • Water Vapor Flux tool.: WVFT
  • 2010: At the request of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), developed a rapid-response assessment of climate observations and projections of change to support the FWS status review of the American Pika to determine if it is warranted for protection under the Endangered Species Act.
  • 2007: Contributed to the IP-CC Fourth Assessment Report: Working Group I Report "The Physical Science Basis" and Working Group II Report "Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability".
  • Participation as a chair of the Pan-Regional Systhesis:Climate/Circulation group of US GLOBEC.
  • 2003: Contributed to the NOAA Science Advisory Board Social Science Review Panel Report.
  • Contributed to National Research Council 2001: Under the Weather: Climate, Ecosystems, and Infectious Disease. National Academy of Sciences Press.
  • Contributed to the development of the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI) Collaborative Research Networks (CRN) in, among other areas, providing climate diagnostics information and data in support of a health early warning system for the Americas.
  • Contributed to the development of the interagency Climate Change Science Program strategic plan.
  • Responding to requests for scientific information from state and federal government leaders.
  • Responding to requests for scientific reports and briefings.