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Proving Ground

The JPSS Proving Ground and Risk Reduction (PGRR) program was established in 2012 and its primary objective is to develop and enhance user applications of Suomi NPP/JPSS data, algorithms and products. The PGRR supports user demonstration by stimulating interactions between technical experts from the JPSS Program, university partners and key user stakeholders. The PGRR has strategically invested in multiple projects to maximize the benefits of the use of current JPSS capabilities and identify new ways of using JPSS data operationally.

The Proving Ground is focused on the demonstration and utilizations of data products by the end-user operational unit, such as a NWS Weather Forecast Office or Modeling Center. The Proving Ground also promotes and coordinates new products with end users, incorporating their feedback for product improvements. Risk Reduction focuses on innovative applications of JPSS capabilities by the user community to maximize the benefits of the satellite data. Research supported by the JPSS Program identify promising new products or new ways to apply current products and also address potential risk in algorithms and data products by testing alternative algorithms. The JPSS Risk Reduction Algorithms have replaced legacy algorithms where possible, to streamline approaches, reduce cost, and reduce risk, and the development of new research and applications. Risk Reduction encourages the fusion of data/information from multiple satellites, models and in-situ data and the primary work done at the algorithm and application developer’s institution.

The PGRR Program projects are grouped into initiatives. These initiatives are forums that allow project teams to interact with users to maximize the operational applications of JPSS capabilities. The initiatives address some of NOAA’s most pressing challenges from severe weather to ocean health. Individual areas of focus include regional and global weather forecasting, tropical cyclones, severe weather nowcasting, coral bleaching, harmful algal blooms, droughts, agriculture, smoke, fire, volcanic ash, air quality, precipitation, floods, soil moisture, snow, ice, river ice, climate products, direct readout, software and airborne campaigns.

The PGRR Program projects are grouped into initiatives. These initiatives are forums that allow project teams to interact with users to maximize the operational applications of JPSS capabilities. The list of initiatives are:

  • Arctic
  • Fire and Smoke
  • Hydrology
  • Ocean and Coastal
  • OCONUS and NCEP Service Centers – AWIPS
  • River Ice and Flooding
  • Sounding Applications
  • Training (crosscutting initiative)
  • Weather/Numerical Weather Prediction/Data Assimilation

One way the JPSS Program Science staff provide oversight of these initiatives and their projects is by holding periodic meetings (monthly or quarterly). Team members provide updates on key activities, report on milestones and discuss the viability of future plans. At times smaller working groups are created to handle short term projects. Each project funded through the PGRR Program is required to create a quarterly report and an end-of-project report. The JPSS Program schedules PGRR-wide reviews of the initiatives. Each initiative provides a summary of their activities and user representatives document the operational value of the JPSS capabilities being evaluated in their initiative. The initiative provides areas that they request feedback from a review team. These review teams are made up of senior members of the JPSS Program, the user representative, and other select subject matter experts. This comprehensive approach has proven to be invaluable to the continued technical health of the PGRR Program.