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Edward N. Rappaport
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Jiann-Gwo Jiing
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Christopher W. Landsea
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Shirley T. Murillo
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James L. Franklin

The Joint Hurricane Testbed (JHT) is reviewed at the completion of its first decade. Views of the program by hurricane forecasters at the National Hurricane Center, the test bed's impact on forecast accuracy, and highlights of the top-rated projects are presented. Key concerns encountered by the test bed are identified as possible “lessons learned” for future research-to-operations efforts. The paper concludes with thoughts on the potential changing role of the JHT.

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F. Martin Ralph
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Janet Intrieri
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David Andra Jr.
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Robert Atlas
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Sid Boukabara
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David Bright
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Paula Davidson
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Bruce Entwistle
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John Gaynor
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Steve Goodman
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Jiann-Gwo Jiing
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Amy Harless
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Jin Huang
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Gary Jedlovec
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John Kain
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Steven Koch
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Bill Kuo
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Jason Levit
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Shirley Murillo
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Lars Peter Riishojgaard
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Timothy Schneider
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Russell Schneider
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Travis Smith
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Steven Weiss

Test beds have emerged as a critical mechanism linking weather research with forecasting operations. The U.S. Weather Research Program (USWRP) was formed in the 1990s to help identify key gaps in research related to major weather prediction problems and the role of observations and numerical models. This planning effort ultimately revealed the need for greater capacity and new approaches to improve the connectivity between the research and forecasting enterprise.

Out of this developed the seeds for what is now termed “test beds.” While many individual projects, and even more broadly the NOAA/National Weather Service (NWS) Modernization, were successful in advancing weather prediction services, it was recognized that specific forecast problems warranted a more focused and elevated level of effort. The USWRP helped develop these concepts with science teams and provided seed funding for several of the test beds described.

Based on the varying NOAA mission requirements for forecasting, differences in the organizational structure and methods used to provide those services, and differences in the state of the science related to those forecast challenges, test beds have taken on differing characteristics, strategies, and priorities. Current test bed efforts described have all emerged between 2000 and 2011 and focus on hurricanes (Joint Hurricane Testbed), precipitation (Hydrometeorology Testbed), satellite data assimilation (Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation), severe weather (Hazardous Weather Testbed), satellite data support for severe weather prediction (Short-Term Prediction Research and Transition Center), mesoscale modeling (Developmental Testbed Center), climate forecast products (Climate Testbed), testing and evaluation of satellite capabilities [Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R Series (GOES-R) Proving Ground], aviation applications (Aviation Weather Testbed), and observing system experiments (OSSE Testbed).

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