fairness & integrity :: transparency :: accountability :: viability :: collaboration :: attribution :: effectiveness

Within NOAA, the EPIC program reports to the NOAA Modeling Team to coordinate on modeling priorities, address challenges, and request advice and feedback.

NOAA Modeling Team

Vision: Unified production of world-leading, fully coupled Earth system models for research, operations, and applications.

The NOAA Modeling Team will accelerate scientific research and modeling contributions through continuous and sustained community engagement. Members are director-level leaders of NOAA programs, laboratories, or centers who are authorized to make policy and strategic decisions on behalf of their organization. The NOAA Modeling Team engages on all matters of Earth system prediction across the NOAA portfolio (e.g., atmosphere, oceans, biosphere, cryosphere, and ecosystems) by coordinating environmental modeling and numerical prediction, forecasts, and projections. The NOAA Modeling Team also provides strategic advice and serves as a NOAA point of contact with the broader modeling community.

“The dream is that research and operations are so intertwined that everyone is working on one system.”
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Dr. Louis Uccellini
Former Director of NOAA's National Weather Service
“We must now learn from each other and work together rather than staying in our lanes–I’d like to see the lanes erased."
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Mr. Craig McLean
Assistant Administrator for NOAA Research

The NOAA Modeling Team is accountable for: 

  • Defining and streamlining the routine pathway into operations, with a focus on implementing robust evaluation procedures for proposed model enhancements.
  • Prioritizing economical modeling systems enhancements that leverage current resources to provide the most significant improvements to numerical weather prediction.
  • Co-developing agile, integrated research and operations with community and government stakeholders.
  • Coordinating with the Community Modeling Board to make the community modeling environment effective and economical.
  • Fostering innovative science in support of NOAA’s mission and Earth system prediction.

Community Modeling Board

The Community Modeling Board is currently under development. The specific mechanism for community collaboration will be co-developed with the community and the EPIC contractor (Raytheon). Check back frequently for updates!

Vision: Unified production of world-leading, fully coupled Earth system models for research, operations, and applications.


  • Serve as a point of contact for community collaboration and coordination on environmental modeling systems.
  • Innovate and address challenges as a united community.
  • Remain consistent with principles of fairness and integrity, transparency, accountability, viability, collaboration, attribution, and effectiveness.


  • Collaborate. Collaborate for strategic alignment with the NOAA Modeling Team.
  • Coordinate. Coordinate among partners; foster engagement and community.
  • Prioritize. Set priorities for the modeling community, including challenges, outcomes, and validation. 
  • Innovate. Make non-consensus recommendations, provide non-consensus advice, and provide feedback to NOAA for research and modeling innovations.

For more information about the Unified Forecast System’s governance structure and how you can get involved, see here