The challenge for the working groups is to move beyond the Day 1 discussions and provide tangible and substantive input to the Committee, which will consider this input as it writes its final report. The working groups will be asked to discuss the questions below and each group’s rapporteur will be asked to prepare slides that summarize the discussion, to present in the plenary session.

Key Questions

1. Briefly describe some of the advances in meteorological forecasting/monitoring in the past decade that have had the most impact on urban areas and why. Were any of these developed specifically for urban uses and, where not, what relationships or synergies led to developments in other areas being found to benefit urban uses?

2. Are there important existing urban-level forecasting/monitoring capabilities that are not being effectively utilized by the relevant end user communities, either due to lack of awareness that such capabilities exist, or failure to provide such information in a usable form?

3. Are there particular needs of specific end user communities that are not being met by current urban-level forecasting/monitoring efforts?

4. Are there emerging technologies in meteorological forecasting/monitoring that would help contribute to urban dwellers’ safety and well-being?

5. What are some effective ways to strengthen the interactions between urban meteorology researchers and the different end user communities?

6. What new future needs or challenges might be anticipated in light of the potential additional stresses resulting from to be brought by the impacts of global climate change?

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