THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES

Advisers to the Nation on Science, Engineering, and Medicine

National Academy of Sciences

National Academy of Engineering

Institute of Medicine

National Research Council
March 13, 2000

The Honorable D. James Baker

The Undersecretary for Oceans and Atmosphere

United States Department of Commerce

Washington, DC20230

Dear Dr. Baker:

Thank you for your letter of March 3, 2000, requesting the assistance of the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (BASC) in the review of the plans for the U.S. Weather Research Program (USWRP). One only has to look at the array of weather and flooding events that headline the news all too frequently to understand the importance of the mission of the National Weather Service (NWS) to this nation. Research to improve the ability to forecast weather events can enhance your ability to protect the nation.

I have checked with Joe Friday and he has already included a review of the USWRP activities in the agenda for BASC's April meeting. At your request, he will now configure the meeting to produce the brief letter report that will provide you with the Board's assessment of those activities.

Thank you for your expression of confidence in the BASC and the Academy process. I look forward to our meeting later this month to discuss our many areas of mutual interest.

Sincerely,

Bruce Alberts

President

National Academy of Sciences

2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20418



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Assessment of the Current Status of the U.S. Weather Research Program THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES Advisers to the Nation on Science, Engineering, and Medicine National Academy of Sciences National Academy of Engineering Institute of Medicine National Research Council March 13, 2000 The Honorable D. James Baker The Undersecretary for Oceans and Atmosphere United States Department of Commerce Washington, DC20230 Dear Dr. Baker: Thank you for your letter of March 3, 2000, requesting the assistance of the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (BASC) in the review of the plans for the U.S. Weather Research Program (USWRP). One only has to look at the array of weather and flooding events that headline the news all too frequently to understand the importance of the mission of the National Weather Service (NWS) to this nation. Research to improve the ability to forecast weather events can enhance your ability to protect the nation. I have checked with Joe Friday and he has already included a review of the USWRP activities in the agenda for BASC's April meeting. At your request, he will now configure the meeting to produce the brief letter report that will provide you with the Board's assessment of those activities. Thank you for your expression of confidence in the BASC and the Academy process. I look forward to our meeting later this month to discuss our many areas of mutual interest. Sincerely, Bruce Alberts President National Academy of Sciences 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20418