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Geoscientific Model Development An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
Geosci. Model Dev., 9, 1905-1919, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-9-1905-2016
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20 May 2016
The implementation of NEMS GFS Aerosol Component (NGAC) Version 1.0 for global dust forecasting at NOAA/NCEP
Cheng-Hsuan Lu1,2, Arlindo da Silva3, Jun Wang2, Shrinivas Moorthi4, Mian Chin3, Peter Colarco3, Youhua Tang5, Partha S. Bhattacharjee2, Shen-Po Chen1, Hui-Ya Chuang4, Hann-Ming Henry Juang4, Jeffery McQueen4, and Mark Iredell4 1University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, NY, USA
2I. M. Systems Group, Inc. at NOAA/NWS National Centers for Environmental Prediction, College Park, MD, USA
3NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, USA
4NOAA/NWS National Centers for Environmental Prediction, College Park, MD, USA
5NOAA/OAR Air Resources Laboratory, College Park, MD, USA
Abstract. The NOAA National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) implemented the NOAA Environmental Modeling System (NEMS) Global Forecast System (GFS) Aerosol Component (NGAC) for global dust forecasting in collaboration with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). NGAC Version 1.0 has been providing 5-day dust forecasts at 1°  ×  1° resolution on a global scale, once per day at 00:00 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), since September 2012. This is the first global system capable of interactive atmosphere aerosol forecasting at NCEP. The implementation of NGAC V1.0 reflects an effective and efficient transitioning of NASA research advances to NCEP operations, paving the way for NCEP to provide global aerosol products serving a wide range of stakeholders, as well as to allow the effects of aerosols on weather forecasts and climate prediction to be considered.

Citation: Lu, C.-H., da Silva, A., Wang, J., Moorthi, S., Chin, M., Colarco, P., Tang, Y., Bhattacharjee, P. S., Chen, S.-P., Chuang, H.-Y., Juang, H.-M. H., McQueen, J., and Iredell, M.: The implementation of NEMS GFS Aerosol Component (NGAC) Version 1.0 for global dust forecasting at NOAA/NCEP, Geosci. Model Dev., 9, 1905-1919, https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-9-1905-2016, 2016.
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Aerosols have an important effect on the Earth's climate and implications for public health. NASA has partnered with NOAA to transfer GOCART aerosol model to NCEP, enabling the first global aerosol forecasting system at NOAA/NCEP. This collaboration reflects an effective research-to-operation transition, paving the way for NCEP to provide global aerosol products serving a wide range of stakeholders and to allow the effects of aerosols on weather and climate prediction to be considered.
Aerosols have an important effect on the Earth's climate and implications for public health....
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