National Centers for Environmental Prediction: Strategic Plan 2009 - 2013   [open pdf - 1MB]

"NCEP [National Centers for Environmental Prediction] represents a critical national resource to operational and research communities affected by weather, water, climate and space weather. To meet the future needs of the ever-broadening user community and address the strategic climate-water-weather issues, NCEP continues to develop a Seamless Suite of Products. The 'seamless suite' describes a set of related products that are integrated and consistent across time and space, as well as across forecast applications. It spans all environmental prediction services and benefits from the unprecedented and ongoing explosion of scientific and technological advances within the research community. Using today's more powerful computers and sophisticated models, NCEP is able to establish the necessary linkages between environmental prediction services that are essential to a 'seamless suite' of NWS products. Benefits of this effort will extend across all time scales. These include immediate tactical forecasts related to the protection of life and property, guidance required to lengthen weather and climate predictions from days to weeks to months, and long-range characterizations of climate change."

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