2.2 Evolving the NWS with Impact-based Decision Support Services

Monday, 11 January 2016: 1:45 PM
Room 255/257 ( New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center)
Charlie Woodrum, NWS, Honolulu, HI; and M. Solum and J. J. Zeltwanger

To support the evolution of the National Weather Service (NWS) and in order to help build a Weather-Ready Nation, the agency has put a focus on Impact-based Decision Support Services (IDSS). IDSS means serving core partners weather information using cutting-edge technologies so that they can make educated decisions that save lives and protect property. National Centers, Weather Forecast Offices (WFOs), River Forecast Centers (RFCs), and Central Weather Service Units (CWSUs), among others, all provide IDSS.

In order for quality IDSS to be provided to a vast variety of core partners at the local, state, tribal, regional, and national levels, best practices and training gaps are being identified and shared throughout the NWS. This will ensure IDSS across the nation fits the needs of the users that make educated weather decisions to help keep the lives and property of citizens safe. This presentation will highlight how the NWS is leveraging technology to provide IDSS, examples of successful onsite IDSS, IDSS provided by the field to core partners, communicating risk through IDSS, and best practices provided for a variety of weather hazards.

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