3.1 Evolution of the Space Weather Customer Base and New Products to Meet Needs

Monday, 7 January 2013: 4:00 PM
Room 16B (Austin Convention Center)
Genene Fisher, NWS, College Park, MD; and R. Rutledge

Rapid advances in the technology sector and our fast-growing dependence on space-based systems have resulted in a greater societal vulnerability to space weather. Increasing use of polar routes for aviation, increasing dependence on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) for uses such as precision agriculture, and an increasing vulnerability as the power grid becomes more interconnected have resulted in a greater need for improved space weather forecasts, watches, warnings, and alerts. To respond to these changes, the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) has implemented new forecast capabilities and products to better meet the needs of this diverse customer base. This presentation will focus on these changes and projections for what is to come.

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