First Symposium on Building a Weather-Ready Nation: Enhancing Our Nation’s Readiness, Responsiveness, and Resilience to High Impact Weather Events
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The theme for the 2013 AMS Annual Meeting is "Taking Predictions to the Next Level: Expanding Beyond Today's Weather and Climate Forecasts and Projections". Over the last half century operational weather forecasting has developed into a fundamental element of our society’s infrastructure. In addition, over the last two decades seasonal to interannual climate prediction has emerged from a research activity into an operational enterprise benefiting our broader society as well as decision makers in both government and private/commercial sectors. Fusion resulting from an integration with, between and among stakeholders could have significant, far-reaching, positive and long-term impacts on the Weather, Water, and Climate Enterprise.
NOAA, in collaboration with academic, private sector/industry, and other government/public sector partners, has undertaken a comprehensive initiative to build a WRN http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/. WRN is intended to make America safer by saving more lives and protecting livelihoods as communities across the country become increasingly vulnerable to severe weather events, such as tornado outbreaks, intense heat waves, flooding, hurricanes, and solar storms that threaten electrical and communication systems. Improvements in communication and collaboration across agencies and communities are needed to advance planned services to build a WRN. As a contribution to the overall theme of prediction of the 2013 AMS Annual Meeting, this first symposium is soliciting papers on the following topics:
- Improving community, business, and individual readiness/preparedness through:
? More comprehensive outreach and education, for example, recent FEMA and NOAA initiatives
? Innovative partnerships including non-traditional partners.
- Increasing community, business, and individual responsiveness to weather/climate alerts through:
? Enhanced decision support services to emergency managers, first responders and community decision makers
- Improving community, business, and individual resiliency through:
? Innovative community planning and building practices
? Incentive programs for homeowners and businesses
We are interested in receiving oral and poster abstracts on both research and operationally-focused practices, especially ones that fuse/include both research and operational components, which enhance communication, collaboration and understanding of predicted, ongoing and post environmental conditions within the emergency management and decision making communities. This symposium would build on a series of recent events and activities to that end, to include:
- December 2011: WRN Tornado and Severe Weather Workshop and Symposium (Norman, OK) that initiated a national conversation among the user, service and science (physical and social) communities in a vital cross-cutting conversation to develop initial short and long term community priorities to improve national severe weather resiliency.
- January 2012: 92nd American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting (New Orleans, LA), where the key findings and results of the December 2011 symposium were discussed with a focus on the question "How do we save more lives?"
- April 2012: WRN Workshop--Imperatives for Severe Weather Research (Birmingham, AL), where the goal was to further identify, prioritize, and set in motion an actionable and fully integrated physical and social science research plan to enhance our nation’s readiness for, and responsiveness and resiliency to severe local weather, especially tornadoes (not hurricanes).
- October 2012: NWA Annual Meeting Session (Madison, WI) on Social and Physical Science Fusion and the WRN: A Research-to-Operations Collaboration Leading to Enhanced Impact-Based Decision Support Services, where the goal was discuss and engage with research and operationally-focused practices, especially ones that fuse/include both research and operational components, that enhance understanding as to how and why people behave the way they do while under watches, warnings and severe events to help save lives, reduce costs, and enhance the quality of life.
For additional information please contact the program chairpersons, Douglas Hilderbrand (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org), Dave Jones (e-mail: email@example.com), Jennifer Sprague (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org), and Ken Carey (email: email@example.com).