ESRL Global Systems Division

ESRL Engages Stakeholders for Future Hazardous Weather Information Services

ESRL's Global Systems Division hosted a workshop Oct 27-29 to improve the National Weather Service Integrated Hazard Information Services. Over 60 participants attended, representing the full spectrum of stakeholders – partners (emergency managers, the media, private sector customers...), social scientists, as well as operational weather forecasters, software developers, and program managers from diverse organizations across NOAA and the private sector. A short video was created to kick off the workshop and illustrate the many diverse players in the Research to Operations process.

The workshop focused on the challenging endeavor to transition the current hazard program from a paradigm of issuing products to one of decision support. Sessions on Forecaster and Partner perspectives sought to define hazardous weather information and the mode of conveying it to all types of decision makers who need it. The sessions recognized the important role of social sciences to improve communication among all stakeholders. Members from Weather and Society Integrated Studies (WAS*IS) and Social Science Woven into Meteorology (SSWIM) contributed valuable input during those discussions.

The workshop results aim to build a flexible, extensible framework for the future, which can accommodate the essential existing capabilities as well as allow for the creation of new, state-of-the-art products and tools.

As leaders in transferring weather-related research and technology to operations, ESRL has been collaborating with the National Weather Service for two years on the Hazard Information Services Improvement Project.

Falling under NOAA's mission goal to "Serve Society's Needs for Weather and Water Information," this project will improve NOAA's abilities to preserve life and property during hazardous weather events.

Contact information
Name: Tracy L Hansen
Tel: 303-497-6569
tracy.l.hansen@noaa.gov