All such weather, water, and climate-related events create impacts at varying levels. And each impact may need to be confronted by someone responsible for making a critical decision to mitigate hazards, manage resources or adapt to environmental variability and change. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS) recognizes that to support America's increasingly complex decision-making needs, to protect life and property, and enhance the national economy, requires an evolution in our definition and delivery of services with respect to impacts.
Our new NWS Strategic Plan outlines these objectives and sets the direction to enable this evolution. We will change the way that services are defined and delivered by: Strengthening existing and creating new collaborative partnerships with the public, private and academic sectors to understand what decisions are being made that have weather, water and climate factors as inputs, Expanding service delivery and taking advantage of new technologies and greater access to NWS staff expertise and consultation to provide integrated environmental data, information, tools and products that are easier to interpret and use for better decision making, Embracing and integrating the expertise of other public agencies, social scientists, economists, and other experts into NWS products and service development to improve impact-based decision support services, and Creating routine dialogs with America's weather enterprise to determine how the NWS can help their commercial and industrial interests continue to grow, remain competitive, and prosper.
The NWS is currently creating Science and Technology and Services Roadmaps, which are extensions to the new Strategic Plan. This presentation will focus on the Services Roadmap, and will provide greater insight about how the NWS will move forward through the coming decade to evolve and strengthen its customer services, partnership relationships, and ultimately, its value to the nation.