[PAST EVENT] Advancing Operational Prediction Capabilities for the Ocean-Coastal Environment

April 6, 2012
VIMS - Watermen's Hall, McHugh Auditorium
1375 Greate Road
Gloucester Point, VA 23062Map this location
Dr. Ming Ji
NOAA's Ocean Prediction Center

"Advancing Operational Prediction Capabilities for the Ocean-Coastal Environment"

Reception at 3:00 p.m. in the Watermen's Lobby
Seminar from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in McHugh Auditorium

Dr. Ming Ji directed NOAA's climate prediction research programs at the NOAA Climate Program Office from 2001 to 2006. Prior to 2001, he conducted research in the area of climate variability and prediction, ocean data assimilation and developed operational seasonal to interannual climate forecast models at National Centers for Environmental Prediction. Dr. Ji received his B.S. in Physics from the Peking University in Beijing, China, in 1981 and received his Ph.D. in Meteorology from University of Maryland in 1989.

The National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) provides numerical forecast guidance and delivers weather, ocean, climate and space weather forecast services. Research advancements in observations, modeling, and prediction for oceans, coasts, bays and estuaries have resulted in tremendous progress in NOAA's operational ocean and coastal forecasting capabilities. These advancements have also enabled new NOAA services such as ecological forecasts. NCEP's operational atmosphere, ocean, climate and coastal models provide real-time forcing, boundary and initial conditions for coastal and ecological forecast models; NCEP's Service Centers have 24/7 coverage for product generation, dissemination and support. Through growing partnerships with the University research community, U.S. IOOS and IOOS regional associations and partner agencies, NCEP is moving forward with partners to jointly demonstrate feasibility for operational ecological forecasting service delivery, such as Sea Nettle and hypoxia predictions for Chesapeake Bay. The U.S. IOOS ocean and coastal modeling testbed co-located at OPC in the new NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction (NCWCP, to be commenced in Oct. 2012) provides further collaboration opportunities to accelerate transition of research advancements in ocean, coastal and ecological modeling/forecasting into NOAA operational services.

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