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Sub-Seasonal Climate Forecast Rodeo

Compete in real-time forecasting of temperature and precipitation for one year

Total Cash Prizes Offered: $800,000
Type of Challenge: Software/Apps
Partner Agencies | Federal: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, United States Geological Survey, Corps of Engineers - Civil Works
Submission Start: 12/21/2016 12:00 AM ET
Submission End: 05/03/2018 12:00 AM ET

Description

All official entries must be submitted via the InnoCentive website open on the date of launch.

Improved sub-seasonal forecasts for weather and climate conditions (lead-times ranging from 15 to 45 days and beyond) would allow water managers to better prepare for shifts in hydrologic regimes such as the onset of drought or occurrence of wet weather extremes. In response, Reclamation is launching this forecasting prize competition where solvers will submit sub-seasonal forecasts of temperature and precipitation for one year, competing in real-time against other teams as well as official forecasts from NOAA. Recognizing NOAA’s leadership and role in forecasting, Reclamation has partnered with NOAA on this competition. To be eligible for prizes, solvers with skillful performance during the competition will be required to submit documentation of their forecast technique.

Learn more at Forecast Rodeo webpage!

Questions about this Challenge?  Please direct any requests for clarifications and additional information about this challenge to InnoCentive.com. As the administrator for this challenge, InnoCentive will contact the Bureau of Reclamation, as needed, to answer your questions and will also make the responses available to all registered solvers if they provide relevant additional information. To submit your questions to InnoCentive, register for the competition at the InnoCentive website.  Registration is free and easy. Once you have registered, you will be able to see the full details of this challenge. After reviewing the full details, if you still have questions, InnoCentive provides each registered solver with the ability to submit their specific questions to the challenge administrator.

Prizes

Prizes may total up to $800,000.

Four categories are defined by two forecast outlook periods and two forecast variables (temperature and precipitation). In each category, prizes for eligible solvers are as follows:

  • 1st place - $100,000
  • 2nd place - $50,000
  • 3rd place - $25,000

In addition, one $25,000 prize per category may be awarded to an eligible solver based solely on hind- performance, submission of which is a requirement to be eligible for the above listed prizes.

Rules

All official entries must be submitted via the InnoCentive website open on the date of launch. See official rules, terms and conditions on InnoCentive website, which opens on date of challenge launch.

Questions about this Challenge?  Please direct any requests for clarifications and additional information about this challenge to InnoCentive.com. As the administrator for this challenge, InnoCentive will contact the Bureau of Reclamation, as needed, to answer your questions and will also make the responses available to all registered solvers if they provide relevant additional information. To submit your questions to InnoCentive, register for the competition at the InnoCentive website.  Registration is free and easy. Once you have registered, you will be able to see the full details of this challenge. After reviewing the full details, if you still have questions, InnoCentive provides each registered solver with the ability to submit their specific questions to the challenge administrator.

How To Enter

All official entries must be submitted via the InnoCentive website open on the date of launch.

Point of Contact

Have feedback or questions about this challenge? Send the challenge manager an email