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Announcement: DTC - EPIC Hierarchical System Development Survey Extended to April 28th


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Are you a model developer who wishes there was an easy way to call all the tools you need to isolate interactions between modeling components, trace errors, or look for impacts across a variety of spatial and temporal scales?

We need your input! The Developmental Testbed Center (DTC) is working with the Earth Prediction Innovation Center (EPIC) to establish community requirements for Hierarchical System Development (HSD). This effort is focused on accelerating the rate of improving fully coupled numerical prediction across scales using the Unified Forecast System (UFS) by developing a framework that allows for simple-to-complex testing of a system.

We invite you to provide your input via this survey. You do not need to be part of the UFS to provide your suggestions. In fact, we are looking for as many ideas from across the broad community as we can get. The requirements will be captured in a white paper for use by EPIC, UFS, and the broader DTC community. The goal of the survey is to identify:

  • How you perform your model development and error investigation?
  • What gaps you feel exist in the current suite of tools for HSD?
  • What ideas you have to improve collaborative efforts between process-level study groups and larger model development efforts (e.g. UFS Applications)?
  • What areas of HSD used in the community should be highlighted in DTC’s white paper?

The survey has 13 questions with a mix of multiple choice and short answers. It will take 10-15 minutes to complete and is open until Friday, April 28th, 2023. Please take a few minutes out of your busy schedule to provide us with this valuable feedback on how you would like to engage in HSD with the UFS.

Tracy Hertneky and Xia Sun, on behalf of the DTC
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