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Town Hall Meeting: Community Forum on the National Research Council’s Assessment of the NWS Modernization

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Tuesday, 24 January, 6:00–7:00 p.m.; Room 238

Between 1989 and 2000, the nation invested $4.5 billion to implement the Modernization and Associated Restructuring (MAR) of the National Weather Service (NWS). To date, no one has done a comprehensive assessment of the MAR plan and its execution and resulting service improvements. To fill this gap, the U.S. Congress asked the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to assess the past modernization process and at the same time identify lessons learned to support future improvements to NWS capabilities. The committee is writing its final report, which will address 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. The purpose of this Town Hall Meeting is to allow the NAS committee responsible for the assessment to gather input from the AMS community on how NWS can best plan, deploy, and oversee future service improvements; the Town Hall Meeting will be a conversation with participants from the private, academic, and public sectors.

For additional information, please contact Maggie Walser (e-mail: mwalser@nas.edu; tel: 202-334-3614).