The workshop consisted of keynote talks (see Appendix A for speaker abstracts), panel sessions on user needs and emerging technologies in urban meteorology, and working group sessions (see workshop agenda in Appendix C). The Committee charged workshop speakers, panelists, and participants to address questions drawn from the Statement of Task (see Appendix D) in working groups and to summarize their discussions in plenary session at the end of the workshop.
What follows in this report draws largely from insights and information from the workshop, in addition to previously published works. This report captures the main points of the presentations and discussions at the workshop and identifies the specific, in some cases unique, needs of the urban setting for weather support, as well as opportunities for academic research and operational practice to work with users to address those needs. Given the reliance on a workshop for most of its input and relatively short tenure for deliberations and analysis, the report does not make recommendations. It is also not intended to be a definitive study of the research and development needs for advancing weather monitoring and forecasting in an urban environment. However, the information gathered here is intended to be useful to government agencies, the academic research community, and urban governments in planning for weather services in the future and developing new initiatives to provide those services
This report covers two broad areas related to urban meteorology: end user needs and current and emerging technologies. Chapter 2 identifies a range of users of urban meteorology information and their information needs. It goes on to discuss why these needs are not being met by current urban-level forecasting and monitoring capabilities and offers some suggestions to better address user needs.
Chapter 3 provides a brief review of current urban meteorological knowledge to provide context for issues laid out in the report, examines the current state of urban meteorological monitoring and forecasting, and discusses emerging technologies. Chapter 3 also identifies several key needs, challenges, and opportunities.
Finally, Chapter 4 builds on the discussions in Chapters 2 and 3 and suggests possible future directions for the field of urban meteorology. This includes short-term priorities where relatively small investments will be required, as well as future challenges which require significant efforts and investments.