NWS Digital Gridded Services for a Weather-Ready Nation (Invited Presentation)

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Tuesday, 6 January 2015: 2:15 PM
211A West Building (Phoenix Convention Center - West and North Buildings)
Christopher Strager, NOAA/NWS, Silver Spring, MD

NOAA has been committed to the mission of reducing loss of life, property, and the disruption from high impact weather and water-related events since its inception. However, in recent years the societal impacts resulting from well forecast extreme events has shifted the attention toward better decision making by communities, businesses, and the public. To this end, NOAA is committed to building a Weather-Ready Nation where society is prepared for and responds to these events. The Weather-Ready Nation (WRN) strategic priority is about building community resilience in the face of increasing vulnerability to extreme weather. NOAA recognizes it is essential to work collaboratively with external stakeholders within all levels of government, industry, nonprofits, and academia. NOAA's contribution to building a Weather-Ready Nation focuses on improvements in the following areas:

Communicating preparedness messages to user groups and the general public in a consistent, unified manner; Providing Impact-Based Decision Support Services (IDSS) to NOAA core partners during high impact events; Performing both physical science and social science research and transitioning innovative technologies into operations; Delivering lifesaving forecast and warning information to the public via multiple pathways (e.g., Wireless Emergency Alerts, use of social media); Enhancing pre-existing NOAA partnerships and establishing new partnerships across all sectors of society.

Digital gridded services incorporate (IDSS), Science and Technology, and dissemination contributions from within the WRN initiative. NWS plans for digital gridded services take the foundational contributions from Bob Glahn and incorporate them to provide high resolution, deterministic and ensemble-based probabilistic gridded forecasts that will eventually extend out to day 10 and beyond.