Third Symposium on Community Modeling and Innovation

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Abstracts are closed! The deadline was 31 August 2023 at 11:59 PM EDT.

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The Third Symposium on Community Modeling and Innovation (formerly Symposium on Earth Prediction Innovation and Community Modeling) is sponsored by the American Meteorological Society Committee on Weather Analysis and Forecasting.


The Third Symposium on Community Modeling and Innovation provides an opportunity for the broad research community to share information about their latest developments and how these innovations advance community modeling systems' capabilities. Topics in this Symposium will include discussions on the motivation and process by which the community can work together to explore, validate, and integrate all aspects necessary to advancing weather and climate prediction. This open innovation approach spans everything from observation impact, model code, and software engineering to experimental design and computing architectures.

Stakeholders in public, private, and academic sectors are encouraged to discuss how community modeling initiatives and contributions to advance community modeling systems, such as the Unified Forecast System (UFS), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Earth Prediction Innovation Center (EPIC), can contribute to improving weather and climate forecasting products and services. We invite the community to share ideas and experiences on the research and development of Earth system models and their applications in operational forecasting. We also welcome abstracts discussing how community models, such as the UFS and the suite of National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) modeling systems, can serve as educational resources in the classroom.


The AMS Annual Meeting in 2022 featured the First Symposium on Earth Prediction Innovation and Community Modeling, coordinated by Weather Enterprise and Earth Sciences Community members. The Symposium became an opportunity for the broad research community to share information about the latest developments and how innovations advance community models for Earth prediction applications. 

 In January 2019, the NCAR and NOAA established a Memorandum of Agreement to co-develop a common modeling infrastructure that would enable broader community engagement in advancing the Nation's weather and climate modeling capabilities for operational and research applications. Sharing infrastructure opens the door to researchers from academia and research laboratories, and national centers to collaborate on developing a community modeling resource. By sharing infrastructure, research innovations are more readily available across these modeling systems, enabling access and the ability to apply these innovations in various contexts and conduct extensive testing.  

 The overall collaborative process benefits the entire research-to-operations value chain by tapping into a broader wealth of expertise to advance numerical guidance skill, enabling stakeholders to meet their mission requirements.

Call for Papers

We invite abstract submissions for a wide range of topics related to community modeling, innovation, and Earth systems prediction, such as:

  • Open innovation and community modeling.
  • Social Science and community modeling.
  • Innovative computing approaches (including software modernization) and community modeling.
  • Community modeling and education.
  • Innovative tools and methods for testing and evaluation in Earth System Models.
  • Governance, policy, and engagement strategies for innovation and community modeling.
  • Innovative infrastructure in community models.
  • Accelerating community-based R2O (Research to Operations).

Abstracts dealing with component models or systems, including atmospheric physics or dynamics, coupled data assimilation, ocean, ice, and land systems are also welcome. Our sessions provide an opportunity to discuss cyclical modes of variability, their interactions and impacts on extremes and high-impact weather, basin-scale hydrologic prediction, improved data assimilation, variability across scales, coupled fire-atmosphere high resolution modeling systems, and tools to better prepare for and address hazardous wildfires. 

We will also explore topics such as code refactoring for HPC efficiency, next-gen computer performance, updating code language, cloud-computing infrastructure, multi-platform portability, open-source codes, flexible workflow, parallel performance, and collaboration with cloud services. Finally, we encourage submissions that address presenting advanced observations and forecast model predictions in interactive ways to the user community, and contribute to the long-term goal of expanding community modeling systems and developing more accurate Earth system prediction capabilities.

Joint Sessions

The Symposium welcomes abstracts in the following joint sessions we will co-host.

  • The Earth Prediction Innovation Center to Accelerate Community-Developed Scientific and Technological Enhancements into the Operational Applications for Numerical Weather Prediction (with the 14th Conference on Transition of Research to Operations),
  • High-Performance Computing Support for Earth Innovations and Research in a Community Modeling Framework (with the Tenth Symposium on High-Performance Computing for Weather, Water, and Climate).


Student Award Opportunities

The Committee on Weather and Forecasting is awarding two (2) travel grants of $385 each to attend the AMS 104th Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD January 28 - February 1 2024. To apply, students (Undergraduate and Post-Graduate) should prepare a short written statement (no more then one page) declaring their financial need and circumstance, relevance of their research to the conference, how they will benefit from attending the conference and a copy of their abstract for the meeting. Students who wish to apply must submit their application to the program chairs: Jose-Henrique Alves ([email protected]), Neil Jacobs ([email protected]), Louisa Nance ([email protected]) and Hendrik Tolman ([email protected]).


Deadline for applications: 13 October 2023 15 November 2023

Recipients will be notified on or before: 1 November 2023 6 December 2023

Conference Contacts

For additional information, please get in touch with the Symposium program chairs: Dr. Jose-Henrique Alves ([email protected]), Dr. Neil Jacobs ([email protected]), Dr. Louisa Bogar Nance ([email protected]), and Dr. Hendrik L. Tolman ([email protected]).