9.3 The Changing Landscape of Weather R&D: Where do we go from here?

Thursday, 11 January 2018: 9:00 AM
Ballroom F (ACC) (Austin, Texas)
DaNa L. Carlis,  Office of Atmospheric Research, Washington, DC; and J. Cortinas Jr., K. Robinson, and K. Fornace

The weather research and development (R&D) landscape across public, private, and academic institutions is vastly changing due to the need for more applied R&D, competition across sectors, and user inspired requirements for better decision-making using weather information. At the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) we have seen significant investments over the last 5-10 years due to increasing extreme weather events impacting large sectors of the U.S. population and economy; however, we can not expect for this trend to continue depending on the next natural disaster to increase our base funding for weather research. The NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) is working across all sectors to ensure that our investments are improved in 3 major areas: communication, collaboration, and prioritization. In this talk, we will focus on how these areas have enhanced OAR’s ability to increase our mission focus and work effectively to meet the needs of our partners at the National Weather Service and externally. Ultimately, OAR is where weather research is done and as we focus on providing the tools and services that support NOAA’s Weather Ready Nation goals and objectives, we must consider that the future has its opportunities and threats that can possibly undermine our future success.
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