About Coastal and Ocean Modeling Testbed
Coastal waters and lowlands of the U.S. are threatened by climate change, sea-level rise, flooding, oxygen depleted “dead zones”, oil spills and unforeseen disasters. With funding from the IOOS Program Office, strong and strategic collaborations among experts from academia, federal operational centers and industry are forged to create the U.S. IOOS Coastal and Ocean Modeling Testbed (COMT).
The COMT serves as a conduit between the federal operational and research communities and allows sharing of numerical models, observations and software tools. The COMT supports integration, comparison, scientific analyses and archiving of data and model output needed to elucidate, prioritize, and resolve federal and regional operational coastal ocean issues associated with a range of existing and emerging coastal oceanic, hydrologic, and ecological models. The Testbed has enabled significant community building (within the modeling community as well as enhancing academic and federal operational relations) which has dramatically improved model development.
Projects supported through the COMT are designed to create new knowledge, new model code and tools; develop operational user capacity; and build a repository of evaluation data sets to expand and improve the modeling capabilities of operational partners and the broader coastal and ocean modeling community. Transition from research to operations is enhanced by scoping projects that meet identified operational needs, including both researchers and operational users on project teams, and leveraging transition resources.
For the most up to date information on current projects, please go to comt.ioos.us.
This page includes background information on the testbed, governing documents and some of our summary and overview presentations.
To use applied research and development to accelerate the transition of scientific and technical advances from the coastal ocean modeling research community to improved operational ocean products and services (i.e. via research to operations and also operations to research).
To increase the accuracy, reliability, and scope of the federal suite of operational ocean modeling products to meet the needs of a diverse user community. Operational use covers a wide range of society-critical applications including forecasts, forensic studies, risk assessment, and design and system management.
White Papers and Publications
- Luettich et al, The U.S. IOOS Super-regional Coastal Ocean Modeling Testbed: Implementation and Overview of Findings, Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans Special Issue, Dec, 2013
- COMT Terms of Reference 120914
- Testbed Overview 120321
- COMT 101 (April 2018)
- COMT Roundup and Progress (April 2018)
- COMT presentation to NOAA Testbeds and Proving Grounds Apr 2016
- COMT PO presentation at COMT All Hands July 2015
- COMT and EFR presentation to MEOPAR June 2015
- OTT/COMT Kickoff Meeting (October 2018)
- COMT/OTT Performance Progress Report Template
- Post Award Grant Management: Progress Reports, Grants Online Submission
- Transition Plan Examples:
- Operational Forecast System for Lake Erie Harmful Algal Blooms
- Automated High-Resolution Ensemble-Based Hazard Detection Guidance Tool
- Implementation of Advanced Multi-Sensor Analysis and DataFusion Algorithms for Real-Time High-Resolution Quantitative Precipitation Estimation
- Improving Hydrologic Observing Capabilities with Stream Radars
- Transition Plan for Chesapeake Bay Hypoxia Forecast
- New OFS Development: