Cutting edge scientific and technological advancements are developed and integrated into operations through a diversified suite of research and development (R&D) activities, many of which involve multi-institutional collaborations. In addition, technological development is directed at improving user access to the NARAC system.
NARAC R&D efforts focus on improving the characterization of complex chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) source terms, developing state-of-the-art numerical weather prediction simulations that more accurately predict the transport and fate of hazardous material in the atmosphere, implementing strategies to assimilate new meteorological data into the modeling stream, incorporating advanced dispersion model physics that address complex environments and urban settings, improving methods for refining model predictions based on field measurement data, enhancing performance through high performance computing, and communicating plume modeling results to the response community. In addition, significant technological development is directed at improving user access to the NARAC system.
Examples of selected R&D efforts include: