7A.1 NWS S&T Roadmap: Preparing for NWSTomorrow

Wednesday, 26 January 2011: 8:30 AM
606 (Washington State Convention Center)
Don Berchoff, NOAA/NWS, Silver Spring, MD; and P. M. Davidson and P. Roohr

The National Weather Service is in the final stages of developing its Science and Technology (S&T) Roadmap to align with the Department of Commerce, NOAA and NWS Strategic Plan objectives, and with the recently added NWS Services 2020 Roadmap that outlines concepts for NWS workforce services. 22 focus area plans, comprising science services and enterprise technology capabilities with plans for S&T upgrades and deliverables, and related research needs and opportunities, to achieve key stretch goals aimed at maximizing impact/value of NWS information, are the backbone of the Roadmap.

The S&T Roadmap supports the NWS Strategic plan goals, with specific emphasis on S&T areas that will improve decision support and user interactions with NWS information:

• high impact weather decision support services (severe weather, tropical weather, tsunamis, fire weather, winter weather)

• improved water services (hydrology, near-shore marine weather)

• enhanced climate services to help communities, business and governments adapt climate-related risks (climate seasonal and inter-annual services)

• expanded sector-relevant services in support of economic productivity (aviation, space weather, marine weather)

• integrated environmental services supporting healthy communities and ecosystems (e.g. air quality prediction)

Underlying improvements to the NWS enterprise infrastructure encompass:

• Integrating within and across systems of observations, analyses, predictions, forecast post-processing and uncertainty information, with significantly enhanced quality of weather information to increase accuracy, reliability and utility

• Building greater capabilities for robust decision support services, through advanced forecast and decision support tools in next-generation forecast systems

• Enhancing the IT infrastructure to support the increased rate of S&T advances into operations

• Building a 4D weather information database

• Improved interface capabilities to enhance utility to end-users, with better connectivity with partners and users from the private and public sectors, better communication and user feedback processes, and integration of social sciences to maximize the value of NWS information to the Nation.

Early activities to implement improvements called for in the S&T Roadmap are being tested and evaluated in pilot studies with test-bed approaches to improve decision support tools and applications.

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