An Experimental Climate Forecast Center has been established at the NASA Goddard Laboratory for Atmospheric Sciences (GLAS) by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Climate Program Office. NASA's Goddard Laboratory will provide the computing facilities necessary to process the vast amount of data used in complex numerical climate modeling.
As the second of the centers established under the National Climate Program Act of 1978, the Experimental Climate Forecast Center will investigate climate predictability theory and forecasting techniques by using numerical methods in dynamic models of the earth's ocean and atmosphere system. The first center, at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, concentrates on statistically based methods. The principal interest of both centers is the potential for forecasting characteristics of seasonal temperature and precipitation. The director of the new center is Milton Halem; he also will continue as head of the global modeling and simulation branch at GLAS.