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NOAA/NWS Perspectives on a Nationwide Network of Networks by Jack Hayes, NOAA Assistant Administrator for Weather Services and Director of the National Weather Service in Silver Spring, Maryland

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  1. 1. National Weather Service Strategic Plan 2010-2025 Jack Hayes NOAA Assistant Administrator for Weather Services, and National Weather Service Director Norman, Oklahoma August 10, 2009
  2. 2. Global & National Challenges Impacts of climate change Increased vulnerability to weather, water, climate, and other environmental hazards Increased vulnerability to solar activity Large-scale impacts of droughts, floods, chemical makeup of oceans and rivers
  3. 3. NWS Vision A safer, more informed and productive society where environmental knowledge empowers the Nation to make the best decisions Services focused on impacts Earth system forecasts Data, information, and knowledge
  4. 4. Key Outcomes for 2025 Loss of life, displacement from high impact events reduced NWS data and information contribute to a national competitive advantage Environmental data, prediction capabilities, and decision support services integral components to: Managing and sustaining healthy ecosystems and communities Understanding and living with climate change Minimizing risks to our national security
  5. 5. 2025: Decision Support Providing the right information, at the right time, to the right people Key Objectives & Strategies More accurate forecasts and increased lead times for warnings Watches, warnings and advisories that increase responsiveness using social science Direct, interpretive forecaster support for .govs Readily accessible, user-centric data and information Levels of uncertainty included in forecasts and warnings Partnership and collaboration an integral component
  6. 6. 2025: Services Broadening service areas to address global and national challenges Key Objectives & Strategies High-impact weather Space weather Integrated water resources Human health Ecosystems Climate Transportation Energy
  7. 7. 2025: Partnerships Sharing assets, skills, and capabilities to meet national needs Key Objectives & Strategies Use of new, innovative dissemination and outreach methods Coordinated environmental literacy and weather safety campaigns Increased focus on leveraging new science and technology outside of NOAA New tools and applications to link environmental data and information Proactive collaboration with private sector
  8. 8. 2025: Science & Technology Exploiting state-of-the-art S&T to support evolving services and information delivery Key Objectives & Strategies Expanded, integrated and more robust observations Integrated Earth system models Next generation forecasting and decision support system Data integration and interoperability AWIPS II…and beyond Communication / collaboration tools – onsite, offsite, virtually
  9. 9. 2025: Data & Information Linking data and systems from all sources to aid decision-making Key Objectives & Strategies Internet as cornerstone of operating model Common standards to share and reuse data Integrated and interoperable systems Decision assistance tools 4-dimensional weather information database Mesonets; WIGOS Common operating pictures among partners
  10. 10. Key Findings of NRC Report on NoN U.S. capabilities are uncoordinated Overarching national strategy needed Build infrastructure for data exchange Fill data gaps Spatial Temporal Elements
  11. 11. Proposed NoN Enterprise Approach Build the “plumbing” Metadata Policies IT capabilities Data management Communications Services Develop national standards/protocols
  12. 12. Proposed NoN Enterprise Approach Address Highest priority observing gaps Develop framework for National Mesonet Height of PBL Soil moisture & temperature profiles High-resolution vertical humidity profiles Air quality measurements Urban, coastal & mountainous regions also priorities
  13. 13. Proposed NoN Enterprise Approach Collaborate with partners OFCM…Committee for Integrated Observing Systems AMS Ad Hoc Working Group on a Nationwide Observing Network of Networks
  14. 14. NoN Challenges Achieve Weather Enterprise consensus Coordinating entity Policy Data standards Protocols Services Overcome barriers limiting participation—private, academic, federal agencies Proprietary restrictions Complexity and competing interests Resources