11th Conference on Transition of Research to Operations

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Abstracts are due by 3 August 2020 at 12:00 AM EST

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The 11th Conference on the Transition of Research to Operations is sponsored by the American Meteorological Society and organized by the Board on Environmental Information Processing Technologies

The rate of meaningful research results in the Weather, Water and Climate disciplines and enterprises has been steadily increasing, especially in this era of “big data” and disruptive new technologies. One of the grand challenges for these enterprises is to find which of these meaningful research results can, and the ways and means to, transition these results to operations and applications [R2O] using efficient and cost-effective techniques and technologies. R2O can provide those critical links in the transition chain of vast information to usable knowledge. The 11R2O Conference will support  extending the chain from R2O to Research-to-Services [R2S] (societal benefits) and the indispensable Services-to-Research [S2R] feedback process. These enabling capabilities directly support the overall theme for this 2021 AMS Centennial Annual Meeting – “Strengthening engagement with communities through our science and services”.

The 11R2O Conference will continue to build on last year’s AMS Centennial theme, The AMS Past, Present and Future: Linking Information to Knowledge to Society (LINKS). This 11R2O Conference will demonstrate how traditional and non-traditional observations, modeling and instrumentation are identified and validated for past, present and future advances in research, technology and applications that drive transitions to meaningful operations. This is especially important to improving responsiveness to extreme events which often produce devastating effects on society. 11R2O is seeking papers describing recent advances in research, technology and applications that will support the Nation’s ability to provide more accurate weather, water, and climate information to decision makers and end users around the world.  In addition, the 11R2O Conference supports the national and international imperatives for the effective and efficient transition of research into sustained operations and the feedback process of operations back to research.

Call for Papers

The 11R2O Conference is inviting oral and poster presentations for the following Topic Sessions:

  • Advances in Satellite Observations, Earth Science, and Observing Technologies that can complement the Heritage Observation Systems and potentially lead to Advances in Next Generation Observation Systems;
  • Emerging Technologies for Earth or Space Sciences to Address Unmet, Targeted Needs/Requirements in the Research or Operational Communities;
  • R2O Progress in GNSS Radio Occultations and Reflectometry for Numerical Weather Prediction, Ionospheric Studies & Prediction and Ocean Surface Properties;
  • National and International Efforts and Partnerships such as Community Global Modeling: Next Generation Global Prediction System (NGGPS) & Beyond: Improvements, Key Components and Statistical Techniques to evaluate Global Models;
  • Advancing NOAA’s Unified Forecast System [UFS] as A Community-Based Modeling System for Research and Operations;
  • Using the Earth System Modeling Framework (ESMF) and National Unified Operational Prediction Capability (NUOPC) Layer to Accelerate Innovation in Coupled Models;
  • Advances in R2O & O2R in Analysis and Short-Term Forecast Range Linking Research and Operations to Forecasters’ Needs;
  • Physics Development and Process-based Testing and Evaluation for Weather and Climate Models;
  • Models and Data Assimilation to Enable and Accelerate the Transition of Research to Operations to Decision Makers, End Users and to the Public: Land/Ocean/Hydrological Modeling, Advanced Modeling and DA Development & Testbeds;
  • Testbeds to Enable & Accelerate Transitions of Research to Operations to Decision Makers, End Users and the Public in Weather, Water or Climate Applications e.g. Hazardous Weather Testbed [HWT] & Hydrometeorological Testbed [HMT];
  • Transitioning Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research to Operations;
  • Service-to-Research [S2R]: User needs to inform NOAA’s Research and Service Delivery. Challenges, Opportunity, and Best Practices;
  • Service-to-Research [S2R]: Using User Engagement Information to Improve NOAA Research,  Products and Services – Panel Discussion [Invited Presentations Only];
  • Public-Private Partnerships, Best Practices and Multi-Community efforts for the Transition of Research to Operations in the Weather, Water and Climate Enterprises including successes, failures and lessons learned;
  • Public-Private Partnerships, Best Practices and Multi-Community efforts for the Transition of Research to Operations in the Weather, Water and Climate Enterprises including successes, failures and lessons learned: Panel Discussion;
  • Advances in Sea Ice Science and Applications for Operational Ice Services;
  • Significant Roles of Calibration/Validation and Verification in the Transition of Research to Operations to Provide the Science-to-Operations-to-Societal Benefits;
  • Student Research and Applications Enabling or Demonstrating the Transition of Research to Operations.

Joint Sessions

  • Advances in CubeSats and SmallSats to Improve Earth Science, Weather Forecasting, Space Weather Prediction, Hydrology Studies or Climate Monitoring
    (Joint between the 11th Conference on Transition of Research to Operations; the 17th Annual Symposium on Operational Environmental Satellite Systems; and the Fourth Conference on Earth Observing SmallSats).

Student Award Opportunities

The 11th Conference on Transition of Research to Operations and the 17th Annual Symposium on Operational Environmental Satellite Systems are pleased to co-host Student Presentation Awards at the AMS Centennial Annual Meeting. Award certificates and cash prizes will be given for the best Student oral and poster presentations. Students who wish to be considered for these awards should indicate so when submitting their abstract. In order to be considered for an award, the Student must be the lead and presenting author.
The basis for an award will be:
          a.) Originality of the work, 
          b.) Quality of the presentation (oral and poster/slides) and the Student’s delivery.

Student Event

The 11th Conference on the Transition of Research to Operations will be co-hosting the 7th Annual Speed Networking Event. The Event allows students and early career professionals to network with mentors via “speed networking” where the mentors (meteorology and allied discipline professionals) roam between tables at set intervals introducing the students and early professionals to a wide array of professions in the field of meteorology. The speed networking will include a social with light hors d'oeuvres, providing a great time for open networking. This allows the students and the mentors of their selected discipline to have extended conversations after their speed-mentoring.

Conference Contacts

For additional information, please contact the program chairs: Martin Yapur (Martin.Yapur@noaa.gov), Robert Bauer (Robert.Bauer@nasa.gov), Eric Fetzer (Eric.Fetzer@jpl.nasa.gov), Young-Joon Kim (Young-Joon.Kim@noaa.gov), Chandra Kondragunta (Chandra.Kondragunta@noaa.gov, Eric Miller (Eric.Miller@noaa.gov), John Pereira (John.Pereira@noaa.gov), Vijay Tallapragada (Vijay.Tallapragada@noaa.gov), Thanh Vo Dinh (Thanh.Vo.Dinh@noaa.gov), Jennifer Webster (Jennifer.Webster@noaa.gov), and Stephen Mango (Stephen.Mango@noaa.gov).