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Research Transitions

The Weather Program Office’s mission is to develop and transition weather research to societal applications. In alignment with the Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017, WPO aims to support research and development (R&D) projects that lead to improved understanding of tropical cyclones, severe storms, extreme precipitation, air pollution, and social science, and an integration of weather, water, and climate forecasting and hazard communication. Successful transition of research to operations (R2O), commercialization and public release (R2C), application (R2A), or any other specialized use (R2X) requires strong and consistent coordination within NOAA and across line offices and fields within the weather enterprise, beginning at the start of transitionable R&D projects. As a result, WPO prioritizes R2X capability in its funding opportunities and project management strategies for all of its programs.

Collaborative Funding Opportunities, particularly the annual Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), are the primary mechanism for supporting transitionable R&D projects. WPO continually engages its partners, especially in OAR, NWS, and academia, to better inform research priorities. Input from operational centers and external partners allows WPO to regularly identify and assess current science gaps and develop funding priorities to address them.


Life Cycle Phase of Science & TechnologySelected Recent Transitions

  • Colorado State University Machine Learning Probabilities (CSU-MLP) forecast system for extreme rainfall
  • Improved integration of dropsondes in the NOAA Hurricane Weather Research and Forecast System (HWRF)
  • Improved Multi-Radar Multi-Sensor (MRMS) hydrologic products
  • Post-Processing techniques for Community Multiscale Air Quality Modeling System (CMAQ) air quality predictions
  • Improvements to NOAA High-Resolution Rapid-Refresh (HRRR) model


As of 2021, WPO has facilitated over 90 signed transition plans since 2017.

  • More Transitions Listed here.