Economy

GSD research supports the U.S. economy with increasingly accurate weather data and forecasts to protect lives, property, and promote economic prosperity.

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Public: The American public collectively receives $31.5B in benefits from forecasts each year.

  • "GSD's development of foundational and pragmatic state-of-the-science technologies to improve predictions of weather and its impacts on society has been one of the nation's true success stories that is significantly under-appreciated given the enormous value it returns to the nation." - The Weather Company

Aviation: 69% of aviation flight delays are caused by weather costing air travelers billions of dollars each year.

  • GSD weather models help reduce weather aviation flight delays that cost air travelers billions of dollars each year.
  • "The most recent transition of the High-Resolution Rapid Refresh (HRRR) model to NWS operations improves aviation forecasts at air terminals and aloft, reducing air traffic delays which cost the airline industry billions of dollars annually." - FAA

Energy: Cost estimates from storm-related power outages to the U.S. economy are between $20B and $55B annually.

  • "NOAA's continual advancement of forecast skill in weather models improves the stability of our electric grid." - Vaisala Corporation