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When Weather Matters: Science and Services to Meet Critical Societal Needs E Agenda for the 2009 BASC Summer Study Workshop Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate Committee on Progress and Priorities of U.S. Weather Research and Research-to-Operations Activities Summer 2009 Community Workshop Workshop Agenda July 21–22, 2009 National Academies Jonsson Center 314 Quissett Woods Hole, MA 02543 Workshop Goals The past decade and a half has engendered a number of insightful community reports addressing the state of the U.S. weather research and operations enterprise. These reports have described numerous opportunities and provided recommendations for improvements in observations, physical understanding, prediction, socioeconomic impacts, communications, and inter-institutional interaction and collaboration. The goals of the workshop are to undertake a high-level evaluation and assessment of the progress that has been made to date in these areas, identify emerging requirements that were not previously recognized, and provide priority recommendations for new or increased emphasis. Tuesday July 21, 2009 OPEN SESSION: 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Carriage House MORNING SESSION—Invited presentations: agency perspectives, summaries, and plans for weather research and research-to-operations activities 8:00 a.m. Welcome, Introduction, Purpose of Workshop Walt Dabberdt, Chair Chris Elfring, BASC Director Susan Avery, WHOI President and Director
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When Weather Matters: Science and Services to Meet Critical Societal Needs 8:30 a.m. NSF Steve Nelson National Science Foundation 8:50 a.m. NOAA National Weather Service Don Berchoff, Director Office of Science and Technology 9:10 a.m. OFCM Sam Williamson, Federal Coordinator for Meteorology 9:30 a.m. NASA Lucia Tsaoussi, Deputy Director Research & Analysis Program, Earth-Sun System Division 9:50 a.m. DoD RADM David Titley, Oceanographer of the Navy and Head, Naval Oceanography and Meteorology Command 10:10 a.m. Break 10:40 a.m. A Retrospective Assessment of the (Extramural) USWRP Rit Carbone, Science Advisor, NCAR 11:00 a.m. Weather Science and Applications from the Decadal Survey Rick Anthes, President UCAR 11:20 a.m. International Perspective Mel Shapiro, University of Colorado 11:40 a.m. Weather Research and Operations: Challenges Cliff Mass, University of Washington Noon Continued Discussion of Weather Research Challenges Over LUNCH in the Main House AFTERNOON SESSION—The afternoon session will consist of five panel discussions in topical areas corresponding to the five Day-2 working group themes. Each panel will be composed of three invited workshop participants. Session Moderators: Curtis Marshall and Toby Warden 1:00 p.m. Socioeconomic Impacts Bill Hooke, American Meteorological Society Robert Meyer, University of Pennsylvania Rebecca Morss, NCAR 1:45 p.m. Observations/Data Assimilation/Model Development Chris Davis, NCAR Dave McLaughlin, University of Massachusetts Xubin Zeng, University of Arizona
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When Weather Matters: Science and Services to Meet Critical Societal Needs 2:30 p.m. Very High Impact Weather Shuyi Chen, University of Miami Greg Forbes, The Weather Channel Frank Marks, AOML Hurricane Research Division 3:15 p.m. Break 3:45 p.m. Quantitative Precipitation and Hydrologic Predictions Rit Carbone, NCAR Efi Foufoula-Georgiou, University of Minnesota Matt Parker, North Carolina State University 4:30 p.m. The Unique Challenges of Topography and Urbanization Petra Klein, University of Oklahoma Ron Smith, Yale University John Snow, University of Oklahoma 5:15 p.m. Working Groups: Meet Briefly for Introductions and Discussion 5:30 p.m. Continued Discussion of Working Group Tasks over DINNER: Main House/Grounds Wednesday, July 22, 2009 OPEN SESSION: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Carriage House 8:00 a.m. Completing Your NRC Travel Expense Report Rita Gaskins, Administrative Coordinator 8:05 a.m. Brief Description of Day’s Events Chair gives the charge to the Working Groups Review of “Working Document” Participants raise questions about the process 8:20 a.m. Provocateurs issue challenge to working groups (5 minutes each) Socioeconomic: Gene Takle, Iowa State University Observations/Data Assimilation/Model Development: Isaac Held, GFDL Very High Impact Weather: Rick Anthes, UCAR
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When Weather Matters: Science and Services to Meet Critical Societal Needs Quantitative Precipitation and Hydro Predictions: Cliff Mass, University of Washington Topography and Urbanization: Len Pietrafesa, North Carolina State University 8:45 a.m. Working Groups Convene to Address Their Charge. Breakout Rooms TBA Noon Working Groups continue discussion over LUNCH in the Main House 1:00 p.m. House Plenary: All Participants Reconvene in the Carriage Working Group Co-Leaders present their “findings” (~15 min each). Provocateurs challenge or reinforce the findings 2:45 p.m. General Discussion Where do we go now? Lessons learned Reflections on key issues/questions Next steps in the Committee’s report/study process 3:30 Break 3:45 p.m. Working Groups Reconvene Refine their findings Complete materials (“working document”) Make plans to complete any further input to Study Committee 5:00 p.m. Workshop Adjourns