Twenty five years hence, meteorology will be much different and expand far beyond the traditional weather forecast. Personal sensors will monitor weather nearly everywhere. Advanced computing will allow us to forecast at perhaps minute scales and kilometer resolutions, customized for each particular user. Post-mobile devices will enable instantaneous use of the information – even in remote areas of today’s developing nations. Transportation will be safer, businesses will operate more efficiently, events will automatically schedule around anticipated weather, and much more. Operational weather forecasts will be interlaced with new environmental elements that impact economic, health, energy, and security decisions. Many aspects of our daily lives will change forever. Climate change’s possibilities add a critical dimension to community resiliency. Should global weather patterns be altered, forecasting could become more challenging than today. The recent release of the fifth IPCC synthesis report has brought focus to this particular issue. Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, NOAA Administrator, will lead the session with a keynote on her vision for the meteorology enterprise in the year 2040. Following her keynote, the panelists - representing different demographics and perspectives - will then provide their vision, accompanied by a moderated discussion among the panelists.
William B (Bill) Gail: Introductory remarks
Kimberly E. Klockow: Moderator welcoming remarks
Dr. Kathryn Sullivan: AMS 2015 Annual Meeting Presidential Forum Keynote
Curtis Walker: Will Weather Change Forever – Anticipating Meteorology in 2040
Bernadette Woods Placky: Will Weather Change Forever? Anticipating Meteorology in 2040
Mac Devine: The Perfect Storm Intensifies - The Convergence of BigData, Cloud and the Internet of Things is Now at Full Strength
Joint Panel Discussion
The enterprise view of environmental satellites, a vision of a “system of systems” of spacecraft, sensors, and ground assets, is rapidly evolving from a concept to reality. It is driven by the need for government agencies and stakeholders to more effectively and efficiently obtain and share improved satellite data and data products for multiple applications under very challenging budget conditions. The enterprise view is being realized through the establishment of new national and international agreements to promote the sharing of data, and new organizational structures and system architectures to better collect, process, distribute, and use satellite data products from a constellation of satellites. A panel of senior scientists and managers will discuss the pathway and current progress in implementing this new paradigm.
Town Hall Meeting: Advances in OCONUS Satellite Applications Enabled by the Current and New Generation of Polar-orbiting and Geostationary Environmental Satellites
Location: 121BC (Phoenix Convention Center - West and North Buildings)
The current and new generation of operational polar-orbiting and geostationary environmental satellite systems (JPSS, GCOM-W, Metop, DMSP, GOES-R and Himawari) are being accompanied by new and improved user applications. Many of these improved applications are being made available to regions outside the conterminous United States (OCONUS) through direct broadcast (DB) technology and by other means. These user applications include tropical cyclone monitoring, volcanic ash tracking, river flood assessment, and low cloud and fog forecasting. These new user applications are anticipated to become critical tools for weather forecasters and environmental managers in regions with a scarcity of other data. The use of direct broadcast antennas offers the user many advantages such as reduced data latency, the ability to network with other DB sites to create wider regional coverage, and the ability to assimilate these data into forecast models to help generate locally-unique products. The Town Hall will convene a panel with broad expertise in satellite data applications and DB technology to discuss these new satellite applications, their current operational use, and the evaluation of their impact to the user communities in OCONUS regions.
Advances in OCONUS Satellite Applications Enabled by the Current and New Generation of Polar-Orbiting and Geostationary Environmental Satellites - Gary McWilliams