Hydrometeorology Modeling and Applications
Fresh water is one of our nation's most precious and valuable natural resources. Water managers require accurate and timely forecasts to inform risk-management decision making. Knowledge of precipitation amount and uncertainty, land surface properties, and streamflow information is also needed to produce robust forecasts of hydrologic extreme events. Recent studies have shown that climate change will increase the occurrence of extreme precipitation events over time, further highlighting the need for reliable information.
The Hydrometeorology Modeling and Applications Team uses observations and models to improve physical process understanding and guide model development associated with too much or too little water. This includes evaluation and improvement of forcings for hydrologic prediction as it relates to the National Water Model. HMA also provides guidance on observing network design, model data assimilation and analysis, and predictions that can be applied in National Weather Service operations as well as informing local, regional, and national communities, planners, and decision makers.