Earth Prediction Innovation Center

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The Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017 (WRFIA) instructs NOAA to prioritize improving weather data, modeling, computing, forecasting and warnings for the protection of life and property and for the enhancement of the national economy. The reauthorization of the WRFIA in January 2019 instructs NOAA to establish the Earth Prediction Innovation Center (EPIC) to accelerate community-developed scientific and technological enhancements into the operational applications for numerical weather prediction (NWP).

The WRFIA states: “EPIC will advance weather modeling skill, reclaiming and maintaining international leadership in the area of Numerical Weather Prediction, and improving Research to Operations (R2O) by:

  • Leveraging the weather enterprise to provide expertise on removing barriers to improving NWP;
  • Enabling scientists and engineers to effectively collaborate in areas important for improving operational global NWP skill, including model development, data assimilation techniques, system architecture integration, and computational efficiencies;
  • Strengthening NOAA’s ability to undertake research projects in pursuit of substantial advancements in weather forecast skill;
  • Utilizing and leveraging existing resources across NOAA’s enterprise; and
  • Creating a community global weather research modeling system.


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The Unified Forecast System (UFS) is a community-based, coupled, comprehensive Earth modeling system. The UFS numerical applications span local to global domains and predictive time scales from sub-hourly analyses to seasonal predictions. UFS is designed to support the Weather Enterprise and to be the source system for NOAA's operational numerical weather prediction applications.If you have questions or ideas, please contact our team!



From August 6-8, 2019, NOAA hosted the Earth Prediction Innovation Center (EPIC) Community Workshop in Boulder, CO. The purpose of this workshop was to gain insight from a diverse group of partners, high-performance computing experts, and the broader weather community (i.e. academia and private industry) in the planning, development, and strategic vision for the EPIC. Click here for the agenda. Below you will find an overview of the workshop.


National Oceanic and Atmopsheric Administration Joint Technology Transfer Initiative (JTTI) National Earth System Prediction Capability (National ESPC) Next Generation Global Prediction System (NGGPS) Social Science Program Subseasonal to Seasonal (S2S) Testbed and Air Quality Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017 (the Weather Act) Weather Research Observations Disaster Related Appropriation Supplemental (DRAS)


A workshop was held in Boulder, CO from March 6 – 7, 2019 to begin the EPIC project planning within NOAA. Twenty NOAA federal employees with more than 400 combined years of experience in numerical modeling and/or the transition of research into operations participated. From this collaboration, the EPIC Vision Paper (below) is the foundation and guide to initial development of EPIC.


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Organizing Research to Operations Transition 

The purpose of this document is to describe the transition of research to operations (R2O) within the context of the Unified Forecast System (UFS). For a perspective on the problem see the 2000 National Academy of Science Report, From Research to Operations in Weather Satellites and Numerical Weather Prediction.


Memorandum of Agreement

This Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) will create a strategic relationship of mutual benefit for developing the infrastructure to enable broader community engagement in improving the Nation's weather/climate modeling capabilities for operational research applications.


NOAA Blue Book

NOAA's Budget Office (NBO) has the task of formulating, producing, and tracking the NOAA Budget each fiscal year. This budget advances NOAA's goals of reducing the impacts of extreme weather and water events to save lives and protect property. Information on EPIC can be found on pages 13-16, 49, 50, 52 & 86. 


NOAA's Research to Operations policies can be accessed below.

NOAA Policy on Research and Development Transition

NOAA Administrative Order (NAO) 216-115A: Research and Development in NOAA



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