The NOAA US Weather Research Program (USWRP) has been enabling research on atmospheric phenomena and improvements to weather forecasting since the early 1990's with improved forecast and analysis techniques transitioned into operations and hundreds of peer-reviewed publications attributed to the program. Managed in NOAA's Office of Weather and Air Quality in OAR, it supports research needs of the National Weather Service (NWS) and US Navy with research to operations projects via testbeds and external grants to academia on relevant issues. The emphasis is on projects with a path into operations within 3-5 years, thus represents the future of weather forecasting. Improvements to the operational air quality, extreme precipitation, flooding, winter weather, hurricanes, and severe storm forecasting have been supported by this program.
USWRP funds research to support modeling of high impact weather events and the transition of this research into an operational environment. The research is focused on improving forecasts of hurricanes, severe storms, extreme precipitation events and air quality. USWRP also supports the transition of this research into operations through the Joint Hurricane Testbed (JHT), Hydrometeorology Testbed (HMT), Hazardous Weather Testbed (HWT), and the Observing System Simulation Experiment Testbed (OSSE). Social Science research is also supported to improve how NWS communicates severe weather to the public.
For further information, please review the USWRP Fact Sheet.