Coastal Ocean Model Testbed

Climate change, more frequent and powerful storms, and sea level rise all pose massive challanges to which coastal communities need to prepare and adapt. It's essential that resource managers and city officials have access to forecasting models that can accurately predict the effects of changing conditions, whether it's short-term effects from a Nor'easter, or the longer-term effects of a rising sea on housing. The Coastal Ocean Model Testbed (COMT) is a national program working to unify the modeling efforts of federal and research communities to create the most comprehensive forecasting models possible.

The Northeast Coastal Ocean Forecast System (NECOFS), which was funded by COMT and focuses on the Gulf of Maine, is working to deliver improved ocean and coastal inundation forecasts to stakeholders throughout the Northeast. NECOFS is combining a number of preexisting models for the coast and ocean, including several that were the result of an earlier COMT project, into one unified model that allows for more accurate prediction.