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- Does the Hurricane and Ocean Testbed (HOT) replace the Joint Hurricane Testbed (JHT)?
- The HOT expands on the 20-year legacy of the former Joint Hurricane Testbed (JHT). New funding opportunities will be designated as "HOT projects" instead of "JHT projects" moving forward.
- What is the process for transitioning new innovations into NHC's operational environment?
The flowchart below outlines a typical path for a new innovation to reach operations. However, the path is rarely a straight line, with frequent iterations among developers of the new innovation, operational scientists and technologists who facilitate the operational transition, and operational forecasters who will use the new innovation.
Reference: R2O Transition Readiness Levels (RL)
- What technical aspects are most desirable for operational products?
The Technology and Science Branch (TSB) at NHC has determined the following technical standards for a successful and maintainable transition to operations:
- Coding languages: Python 3, Fortran, Bash
- Platforms: RedHat 8+, AWIPS-2, ESRI ArcGIS, most web-based applications
- Input data from an operational source (e.g., NOAA) or generated locally at NHC
- Version Control: git or other version-controlled repository