Forecasting a Continuum of Environmental Threats (FACETs): The Science and Strategic Implementation Plan for a Watch/Warning Paradigm Change
In the early summer of 2014, NSSL and the NWS convened a workshop in Norman, OK to begin identifying and collecting a list of activities necessary to move the NWS from its current, product-centric, deterministic watch/warning paradigm to a probabilistic hazard information paradigm proposed in FACETs. A diverse “Development Team” of partners, stakeholders and NOAA leadership participated in the workshop and identified issues, concerns, challenges, opportunities, and ideas to be included in the Science and Strategic Implementation Plan (SSIP). The SSIP is to be the comprehensive “master plan” for research, development and implementation (RD&I) of FACETs. The workshop participants addressed each of the seven “facets” that comprise the concept – with particular emphasis on social and behavioral science issues that will arise from a fundamental change in the nation's watch/warning practices. The key recommendations from that workshop, and the resulting FACETs-enabling strategies contained in the SSIP, will be presented.