VLab User Guide

Science Sharing

Mission Statement

Offer a mechanism that allows all NWS (and related NOAA agency) staff the ability to efficiently share new research and training initiatives with all offices, regardless of work-schedule conflicts or budget issues, at minimal cost.


The Science Sharing section evolved from Science, Technology, and Operations-based Meteorology (STORM), a science sharing initiative developed by Pete Wolf and Jason Deese, NWS Jacksonville, and evaluated in the NWS Southern Region in 2008-2009.  The success of the program led to its incorporation into the national Virtual Lab (VLab).


The Science Sharing section aims to accomplish the following:

  1. Serve as a primary source of research/training initiative sharing within NOAA
  2. Serve as a means of sharing useful operational and research information with all NOAA entities
  3. Allow all staff the opportunity to share information, including electronics staff and other support staff
  4. Remove the common barriers to effective science sharing, including cost, work schedule conflicts, location, etc.


View a video on the Science Sharing Library


The following can be submitted to the Science Sharing site within the VLab:

  1. Research papers or presentations, resulting from local, regional, or national research, including prior submissions to journals or conferences
  2. Local, regional, or national case studies, or other research not formally submitted to journals or conferences
  3. Locally, regionally, or nationally-designed training initiatives
  4. Papers or presentations covering any operations- or technology-related area. This includes hydrology, climatology, space weather, and the technology used operationally
  5. Results of collaborations conducted through the VLab
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Child Articles (4)

  • Navigation

    Introduction The Science Sharing page is designed for easy navigation. The page consists of multiple portlets. Steps To access the Science Sharing Library do the following: Go to the VLab landing...

  • Accessing Documents

    Introduction This page describes how to access a Science Sharing submission. Steps Simply click on the desired document from the document library or from the list resulting from using the search...

  • Guidelines and Procedures

    Submission Guidelines Acceptable File Formats: Word Document, PDF Document, HTML Document (or other types viewable online), PowerPoint File, Excel File, Recorded presentation. Acceptable Image...

  • SOOs, DOHs, and Science Program Managers Information

    Submission Reviews: You are the key review source for submissions you post to the Virtual Lab science sharing page from your office. The quality of the science shared on the Virtual Lab site...