Finding funding and infrastructure mechanisms to establish and maintain urban testbeds will be challenging, especially given the need to integrate existing and new monitoring networks with modeling techniques and provide long-term urban climate data records and validated modeling output tuned for various end users. Databases of urban building structures and transportation networks should also be integrated and continuously updated.
Challenge #3: How will the capability for integrated urban meteorology-decision support systems be developed through the integration of
• support for future intensive urban research projects that integrate modeling and observations and focus on improving the fundamental knowledge of physics and dynamics in the urban atmosphere,
• increased dialogue between urban meteorologists and end users, and
• urban meteorology testbeds?
The field of urban meteorology has grown considerably in the past 50 years, and with the increased growth of cities worldwide, including the United States, there is a pressing need for continued scientific advances within the field. As the capabilities within urban meteorology have improved, the uses for urban weather information and its value to decision makers have increased. Users of urban meteorology information need it to be available in a wide variety of formats, within time constraints set by users’ decision processes. In order to help meteorologists provide this tailored information, there is a need for more direct interaction with key end user communities who can help identify their information needs. By advancing the science and technology related to urban meteorology with input from key end user communities, meteorologists will be better able to meet the needs of diverse end users.