Community Advisory Committee for Water Prediction


The National Weather Service Office of Water Prediction (OWP), within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce, supports the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) plan to establish and manage an external advisory committee composed of water resources stakeholders, to be known as the Community Advisory Committee for Water Prediction (CAC-WP).

The mission of OWP is to collaboratively research, develop, and deliver state-of-the-science national hydrologic analyses, forecast information, data, decision-support services and guidance to support and inform essential emergency services and water management decisions. Looking forward, the OWP is poised to launch an historic transformation and modernization of hydrology and water prediction services within NOAA’s National Weather Service. The OWP will play a critical role in enhancing water-related products and decision-support services across the country in support of the strategic objective of building a Weather Ready Nation. The OWP provides an unprecedented opportunity to improve federal coordination and collaboration in the water sector to address 21st century water resource challenges, such as water security and analysis and prediction of hydrologic extremes.

The purpose of the proposed committee should be to conduct a thorough independent review of OWP’s water modeling capabilities with emphasis on the National Water Model (NWM), other modeling innovations, and related data and information services. To address the growing needs of water resources stakeholders and the associated science and service gaps, this committee would bring independent expertise and perspectives from across the community to provide recommendations to improve OWP’s water modeling capabilities and related data and information services. The committee should consider the various activities OWP has already undertaken to address the requirements and associated gaps described in this memo. This newly formed committee should be comprised primarily of hydrologists, civil engineers, and other water resources science and data science experts and will be administratively managed by UCAR. Any review and recommendations will be those of the committee and not of UCAR. 

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