819 Attempting to Design the IDSS-Centric NWS Office of the Future

Tuesday, 9 January 2018
Exhibit Hall 3 (ACC) (Austin, Texas)
Benjamin Schott, NWSFO, Dousman, WI

Attempting to Design the IDSS-Centric NWS Office of the Future

Author: Benjamin Schott, National Weather Service Milwaukee

The National Weather Service (NWS) is at the cusp of definitive change in the way and how we deliver information to our core partners and the public alike. We have seen the philosophical change being dictated by the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) Report of May 2013 which stated the NWS should:

  • Identify opportunities to engage core partners to enhance mutual understanding
  • Improve weather decision services for events that threaten lives and livelihoods
  • Provide more weather decision services to emergency managers during weather events, especially on-site

Soon after the NAPA Report, the NWS revealed the Weather-Ready Nation Roadmap to move the agency towards the following goals:

  • Evolve from product generators to an expert decision support resource
  • Incorporate societal impacts to assist local community decision makers and the public by focusing equally on forecast production and Impact Decision Support Services (IDSS)

In 2017, the NWS Evolve initiative debuted to guide the local Weather Forecast Offices (WFOs) to provide excellence in IDSS for our partners and the public. So how do we position ourselves in the local WFOs to do meet these goals? What do we need to succeed? Which tools will be necessary? This talk will describe the plan at WFO Milwaukee to make the leap forward and create the IDSS-Centric office of the future.

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