JNT: Tropical Cyclone Modeling Team (TCMT)
- About TCMT
In 2009, RAL's Joint Numerical Testbed formed a new entity called the Tropical Cyclone Modeling Team (TCMT). The focus of this team is testing and evaluation of experimental models for tropical cyclone forecasting. The current primary sponsor of work in the TCMT is NOAA's Hurricane Forecast Improvement Project (HFIP). The main TCMT effort for 2009 focused on collection of forecasts from the HFIP 2009 Demonstration Project. In coordination with the HFIP teams, the TCMT developed a plan for collecting tropical cyclone track forecasts from the participating modeling groups and created a web site for making the track data available to other HFIP participants. Plans are also underway for collecting and making available specific sets of model forecast fields that can be used for diagnostic studies in the future. The TCMT is putting in place verification tools that will be used to evaluate the forecasts collected during the HFIP 2009 demonstration, and will provide guidance on improved methods for evaluation of tropical cyclone forecasts.
In 2010, tropical cyclone track and intensity forecasts collected during the 2009 HFIP demonstration will be evaluated using consistent tools and approaches for all models. Statistical approaches will also be developed and implemented for the evaluation of other relevant attributes of tropical cyclone forecasts, such as forecast consistency. Plans will be developed for a focused test during the 2010 hurricane season, as well as relevant retrospective studies.
The TCMT and JNT staffs are collaborating with agencies associated with other tropical cyclone basins in the Bay of Bengal, Pacific and Indian Oceans and expect T&E initiatives to be initiated in FY2010 and FY2011.
Note: full phone: 303 - 497 - XXXX | email addresses end in \"@ucar.edu\"
Primary ContactsBROWN, Barbara | JNT DIRECTOR | ph: 8468 | email: bgb
NANCE, Louisa: | JNT DEPUTY DIRECTOR | ph: 8921 | email: nance
KUCERA, Paul | PROJECT SCIENTIST | ph: 2807 | email: pkucera