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

Monday, 23 January 2012
NWS Roadmap the Four Plans: Services, Science and Technology, Workforce Evolution, Business
Hall E (New Orleans Convention Center )
Michael J. Hudson, NOAA/NWS, Kansas City, MO; and D. Manning, J. Sprague, S. Cooper, M. Lovern, B. R. Colman, and J. P. Tuell

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NOAA and NWS have recently published strategic plans. The NWS roadmap details specific activities and deliverables the agency will utilize to realize the NOAA Next-Generation Strategic Plan (NGSP) goal of a weather-ready Nation, and the six goals of the NWS strategic plan.

The roadmap team has produced four plans that explore the spectrum of all changes NWS needs to make to meet these growing needs. The roadmap features four plans: services, science and technology (S&T), workforce evolution, and business. The purpose of this poster presentation is to summarize all four plans, and to enable discussion of the key elements that enable NWS to provide world-class impact-based decision support services (IDSS).

The NOAA NGSP goal of a weather-ready Nation requires better integration of environmental services across all of NOAA. Significant sociological drivers such as coastal population growth and climate change are increasing community vulnerability and partners want to know what the NWS knows, including probabilities, accuracy, timeliness, and accessibility to data, so they can make the best risk-based decisions possible. This requires NWS to place an emphasis on services and S&T geared towards relating NOAA science to societal outcomes. NWS's workforce must be trained and positioned to take advantage of the agency's diverse portfolio of offices to engage local core partners directly. The NWS business plan positions the agency to maximize its efforts and ensure a stable infrastructure.

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