Monday, 15 January 2007
Status report on NWS climate services and plans for the future
Exhibit Hall C (Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center)
Since 2001, NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS) has been working with partners and other NOAA components to establish an integrated climate services program that satisfies user requirements at national, regional, and local levels. Significant progress has been made in many areas. Standardized climate web pages have been implemented at the local level, providing easy access to new locally specific climate forecasts and to new climate data products. An on-going training program prepares NWS field staff for delivery of climate services and various tools are being developed to support their role in creating new climate products. To improve data stewardship, new Quality Assurance/Quality Control tools have also been developed for field office use, along with a web site addressing data continuity. Future plans include development of additional training and tools for field offices, additional new products and services for the public, and strategies for improved data stewardship.