Space Weather Services for an Evolving Customer Base

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Wednesday, 5 February 2014: 9:00 AM
Room C110 (The Georgia World Congress Center )
Robert Rutledge, NOAA/NWS, Boulder, CO

As science has progressed and as technologies have become more ingrained in everyday life, the impacts of space weather have grown. The NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) is the Nation's official source for space weather alerts and warnings. SWPC serves a broad range of customers spanning precision Global Positioning Systems users, commercial aviation, satellite operations, emergency management, power grid operators, and beyond. As the space weather sciences have progressed, the understanding of space weather, its associated impacts, and the prediction of activity has improved. That said, significant gaps remain in providing comprehensive and actionable space weather information, products, and services to this diverse and growing customer base. This talk will detail the state of space weather prediction, the current customer base, and the near-term improvements in space weather services.