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Statement of Task

During the 1980s and 1990s, NOAA launched a major program to modernize the National Weather Service (NWS), investing $4.5 billion to modernize NWS technologies to advance weather forecasting. No complete assessment of the entire end-to-end NWS modernization enterprise has been done, thus Congress has asked the National Academy of Sciences to conduct an assessment of the now-completed National Weather Service modernization. The project should not only address the past modernization, but also focus on lessons learned to support future improvements to NWS capabilities. It should address high-impact weather and new science and technologies that allow for even better forecasts; the integration of new technologies and better models into NWS operations; workforce composition and structure; and improving current partnerships with private industry, academia, and other governmental agencies. Finally, the project should provide advice on how NWS can best plan, deploy, and oversee these future improvements based on lessons learned from the NWS modernization.



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A Statement of Task D uring the 1980s and 1990s, NOAA learned to support future improvements to NWS launched a major program to modernize the capabilities. It should address high-impact weather National Weather Service (NWS), invest- and new science and technologies that allow for even ing $4.5 billion to modernize NWS technologies to better forecasts; the integration of new technologies advance weather forecasting. No complete assess- and better models into NWS operations; workforce ment of the entire end-to-end NWS modernization composition and structure; and improving current enterprise has been done, thus Congress has asked the partnerships with private industry, academia, and other National Academy of Sciences to conduct an assess- governmental agencies. Finally, the project should pro- ment of the now-completed National Weather Service vide advice on how NWS can best plan, deploy, and modernization. The project should not only address oversee these future improvements based on lessons the past modernization, but also focus on lessons learned from the NWS modernization. 63

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