J3.7 NWS Climate Services Program: Linking Climate and Weather for Improved Decision Support Services

Tuesday, 12 January 2016: 5:00 PM
Room 255/257 ( New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center)
Fiona Horsfall, NOAA/NWS, Silver Spring, MD; and M. T. Livezey, M. Hawkins, J. Zdrojewski, and D. DeWitt

NOAA National Weather Service (NWS) recently reorganized its headquarters to best fulfill its mission. Climate is one of 11 national service programs that support the NWS field forecast and warning responsibilities.

The NWS Climate Services Program unifies the climate capabilities of NWS and provides an end-to-end approach to climate services, from observations to prediction, and user outreach at national to local levels. Due to the reorganization, NWS is now better positioned to provide climate services through its vast infrastructure nationwide and improved coordination with other programs, not only within NWS but also with other NOAA line offices and federal government agencies.

This paper will describe the new NWS Climate Services Program and activities to provide improved impact-based decision support services (IDSS), including new products and tools that link weather and climate timescales. NWS climate-related IDSS includes support to those addressing water resources challenges and providing resources, including data and climate outlooks, to help state, local, and other Federal agencies in their monitoring and management of human health, ecosystems, and natural habitats, especially in coastal areas. The paper will also highlight NWS advances in bridging gaps in climate forecasts at weeks 3 and 4 into the future, as well as products related to Arctic challenges.

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