The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has formed the Climate Test Bed (CTB) to accelerate the transfer of research and development into improved NOAA operational climate forecasts, products, and applications. The CTB will routinely serve as a conduit between the operational, academic and research communities. This facility is located at the National Centers for Environmental Prediction in Camp Springs, MD. CTB personnel include scientists from NCEP and from other NOAA and non-NOAA organizations participating in the CTB.
To accelerate the transition of scientific advances from the climate research community to improved NOAA climate forecast products and services.
To significantly increase the accuracy, reliability, and scope of NOAA's suite of operational climate forecast products to meet the needs of a diverse user community.