The mission of the Joint Hurricane Testbed is to transfer more rapidly and smoothly new technology, research results, and observational advances of the United States Weather Research Program (USWRP), its sponsoring agencies, the academic community and other groups into improved tropical cyclone analysis and prediction at operational centers.
7 December 2015: New projects to be tested during the 2016 and 2017 hurricane seasons
6 October 2015: New JHT projects (Round 8; FY15-17) are announced
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Identify new techniques, models, observing systems, etc. with potential for improving forecast guidance, via an announcement of opportunity and a proposal, review, and funding process.
Establish and maintain an infrastructure to facilitate the modification and transfer of research applications into the operational computing, communication, and display environment.
Complete tests in a quasi-operational environment of tools, techniques, etc. provided by funded researchers, with metrics for scientific performance, ease-of-use, and time constraints.
Prepare documentation, training, and performance evaluations of successfully transferred products to facilitate use and support in operations.
Please see the Joint Hurricane Testbed Terms of Reference (PDF) for more background information.