92nd American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting (January 22-26, 2012)

Monday, 23 January 2012: 11:00 AM
Meeting the Nation's Evolving Needs for Space Weather Services
Room 252/253 (New Orleans Convention Center )
Dr. Jack Hayes, NOAA/NWS, Silver Spring, MD

The rapid advances in the technology sector and our fast growing dependence on space-based systems have resulted in an ever-increasing vulnerability to hazardous space weather. Today, an extreme space weather storm would impact us much differently than previous events, given our current dependence on advanced technologies. In response, the National Weather Service (NWS), through its Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC), is addressing these growing concerns by understanding and responding to the evolving needs and requirements of our global high-tech economy.

In recognition of the increasing potential for major impacts on advanced technologies that underlie critical infrastructure, the U.S. Government is refocusing space weather capabilities of its agencies to enhance resiliency and reduce vulnerability in high-priority areas. A federal interagency partnership - the National Space Weather Capability (NSWC) - facilitated by the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Meteorology was recently formed to accomplish national priorities by leveraging agency efforts. This unified approach will help improve space weather services by increasing space weather forecast accuracy through research-operations partnership.

We need to extend these capabilities worldwide to raise awareness where services are currently unavailable and to increase participation in the global effort. The NSWC effort will provide a US contribution to international space partnership consistent with the President's National Space Policy. Our efforts will link to existing international frameworks through United Nations Programs such as the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS).

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