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Engagement and Impact through Themed Joint Sessions

We are expecting, with your participation and involvement, these themed joint sessions will serve as a catalyst for focusing the attention of the research and operational communities (and also those who are involved in accelerating the transition of research results into operations) on the exciting possibilities related to advancing predictive capabilities across many fields and applications.
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Panel Session on Improving the Research to Operations Transition Process

This Session will be an invited panel of experts addressing the question, “How can we improve the research-to-operations transition process?” The panel members will give their perspective on transitioning successful research to successful operational use and they will discuss the central role R2O plays in addressing this year’s annual theme. Panel members will be prepared to discuss the challenges to R2O, and the potential means to overcome them, including the following topics: • Science mission requirements versus operational user needs; • Adequate and timely funding for research that is targeted to meet operational needs, the transition, and operational sustainment; • The lag between deploying research and full user exploitation; • Challenges in communicating the benefits of new capabilities to user communities, including the public, government policy makers, commercial industry, and the military. The high economic and social value of our ability to observe and accurately predict atmospheric and ocean conditions requires strong relationships between the academic, Government, and industrial communities to effectively and efficiently transfer research results to the operational environment. Partnerships and collaboration will result in clear articulation of operational needs, and joint efforts to secure research funding and procurement of necessary operational systems. Researcher accessibility and insight into the operations environment and data for development, test, and evaluation, coupled with an operational workforce that embraces and pursues research opportunities, will further the growing need for collaboration between the two communities. Such a partnership will accelerate transitions of research to operations, while simultaneously ensuring the transfer of operations knowledge back to research (O2R). This R2O – O2R relationship will improve the balance between operational needs, research initiatives, and transfer of results into systems, technology, methods, processes, and procedures that enhance our ability to serve the public.

Host Conference(s)

3rd Conference on Transition of Research to Operations (3R2O)
Contact(s): John Schattel, John.Schattel@noaa.gov Tim Hall, Timothy.Hall@noaa.gov

Partnering Conference(s)

1st Symposium on the Weather and Climate Enterprise
Contact(s): Matt Parker, matt.parker@srnl.doe.gov