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Suggested Citation:"Appendix D: Statement of Task." National Research Council. 2012. Urban Meteorology: Forecasting, Monitoring, and Meeting Users' Needs. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13328.
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Appendix D

Statement of Task

An ad hoc committee will plan and conduct a public workshop that will facilitate a dialog between the research community and the users of urban meteorology information by bringing together selected scientific experts (potentially including experts from other countries that are making strides in this field) with a wide array of representatives from end user communities. The committee will develop the workshop agenda, select and invite participants who will contribute presentations and take part in plenary and small group discussions, and moderate the discussions. The outcome of this activity will be a consensus report of the committee that builds on workshop presentations and discussions to provide conclusions on the following topics:

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. What is the current state of urban level meteorological forecasting/monitoring capabilities?

• Are there important urban-level forecasting/monitoring capabilities that are not being 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 useable form?

• What needs for the end user communities are not being met by current urban-level forecasting/monitoring?

Suggested Citation:"Appendix D: Statement of Task." National Research Council. 2012. Urban Meteorology: Forecasting, Monitoring, and Meeting Users' Needs. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13328.
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3. What is the future of urban level meteorological forecasting/monitoring capabilities?

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

• What future needs or challenges might be anticipated in light of the potential additional stresses to be brought by the impacts of climate change?

Suggested Citation:"Appendix D: Statement of Task." National Research Council. 2012. Urban Meteorology: Forecasting, Monitoring, and Meeting Users' Needs. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13328.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix D: Statement of Task." National Research Council. 2012. Urban Meteorology: Forecasting, Monitoring, and Meeting Users' Needs. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13328.
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According to the United Nations, three out of five people will be living in cities worldwide by the year 2030. The United States continues to experience urbanization with its vast urban corridors on the east and west coasts. Although urban weather is driven by large synoptic and meso-scale features, weather events unique to the urban environment arise from the characteristics of the typical urban setting, such as large areas covered by buildings of a variety of heights; paved streets and parking areas; means to supply electricity, natural gas, water, and raw materials; and generation of waste heat and materials.

Urban Meteorology: Forecasting, Monitoring, and Meeting Users' Needs is based largely on the information provided at a Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate community workshop. This book describes the needs for end user communities, focusing in particular on needs that are not being met by current urban-level forecasting and monitoring. Urban Meteorology also describes current and emerging meteorological forecasting and monitoring capabilities that have had and will likely have the most impact on urban areas, some of which are not being utilized by the relevant end user communities.

Urban Meteorology explains that users of urban meteorological information need high-quality information available in a wide variety of formats that foster its use and within time constraints set by users' decision processes. By advancing the science and technology related to urban meteorology with input from key end user communities, urban meteorologists can better meet the needs of diverse end users. To continue the advancement within the field of urban meteorology, there are both short-term needs-which might be addressed with small investments but promise large, quick returns-as well as future challenges that could require significant efforts and investments.

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