The implementation of NEMS GFS Aerosol Component (NGAC) Version 1.0 for global dust forecasting at NOAA/NCEP
- 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.