Toward a New National Weather Service

Review of Modernization Criteria

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Author: National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on National Weather Service Modernization

Publisher: National Academies

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: 86

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Toward a New National Weather Service

Second Report

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Author: National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on National Weather Service Modernization

Publisher: National Academies

ISBN: N.A

Category: Weather forecasting

Page: 78

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Toward a New National Weather Service

National Weather Service Employee Feedback

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Author: National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on National Weather Modernization,Charles L. Hosler

Publisher: National Academies

ISBN: N.A

Category: Communication

Page: 131

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Toward a New National Weather Service

Preliminary Assessment of the Operational Test and Evaluation Process for the Advanced Weather Information Process Systems

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Author: Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems,Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

Publisher: National Academies Press

ISBN: 030957384X

Category: Science

Page: 4

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Toward a New National Weather Service

Assessment of NEXRAD Coverage and Associated Weather Services

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Author: National Research Council (U.S.). NEXRAD Panel,William E. Gordon

Publisher: National Academies

ISBN: N.A

Category: Meteorological services

Page: 104

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Future of the National Weather Service Cooperative Observer Network

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Author: National Weather Service Modernization Committee,National Research Council,Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences,Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems

Publisher: National Academies Press

ISBN: 0309061466

Category: Science

Page: 78

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The National Weather Service Modernization and Associated Restructuring

A Retrospective Assessment

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Author: Committee on the Assessment of the National Weather Service's Modernization Program,National Research Council,National Academies

Publisher: National Academies Press

ISBN: 0309217997

Category: Science

Page: 103

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The Modernization and Associated Restructuring (MAR) of the National Weather Service (NWS) was a large and complex re-engineering of a federal agency. The process lasted a decade and cost an estimated $4.5 billion. The result was greater integration of science into weather service activities and improved outreach and coordination with users of weather information. The MAR created a new, modernized NWS, and, significantly, it created a framework that will allow the NWS to keep up with technological changes in a more evolutionary manner. The MAR was both necessary and generally well executed. However, it required revolutionary, often difficult, changes. The procurement of large, complex technical systems presented challenges in and of itself. The MAR also affected the career paths and personal lives of a large portion of the field office workforce. The MAR created a new, modernized NWS, and, significantly, it created a framework that will allow the NWS to keep up with technological changes in a more evolutionary manner. The National Weather Service Modernization and Associated Restructuring presents the first comprehensive assessment of the execution of the MAR and its impact on the provision of weather services in the United States. This report provides an assessment that addresses the past modernization as well as lessons learned to support future improvements to NWS capabilities.

Toward a New Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service (AHPS)

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Author: National Research Council,Division on Earth and Life Studies,Water Science and Technology Board,Committee to Assess the National Weather Service Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service Initiative

Publisher: National Academies Press

ISBN: 9780309180771

Category: Science

Page: 84

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The National Weather Service (NWS) is responsible for providing flood forecasts and warnings in the United States. The agency established the Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Services (AHPS) program in 1997 to advance technology for hydrologic services, specifically to provide accurate forecasts that support timely warnings for all users of hydrologic predictions. AHPS strives to provide information at the right time to facilitate adequate responses to mitigate damages to life, livelihoods, and property. AHPS is slated to be fully implemented nationwide in 2013. With seven years still remaining in its development and implementation timeline, a review of the program now is critical to providing NWS with information it needs to maximize the effectiveness of the AHPS program. This report assesses AHPS in respect to hydrologic science and technology research, river routing and mechanics, "systems" engineering aspects, and implementation. Overall, this report finds AHPS to be an ambitious program that promises to provide services and products that are timely and necessary. The report calls for AHPS to develop a detailed and comprehensive, multi-year implementation plan and for the program’s goals and budget to be brought into closer alignment.

Continuity of NOAA Satellites

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Author: National Weather Service Modernization Committee,Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences,Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems,National Research Council

Publisher: National Academies Press

ISBN: 0309056756

Category: Science

Page: 62

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Review of the Draft Plan for the Modernization and Associated Restructuring Demonstration

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Author: National Research Council,Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences,Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems,National Weather Service Modernization Committee

Publisher: National Academies Press

ISBN: 9780309184632

Category: Science

Page: 30

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The public law that authorized the National Weather Service (NWS) to modernize its technical systems and restructure its field office organization set the requirements for what has become known as the modernization and associated restructuring demonstration (MARD). The law requires testing of the integrated performance, over a sustained period, of the modernized components and an operational demonstration that no degradation in service will result from the modernization and associated restructuring. In this report, the National Research Council's National Weather Service Modernization Committee reviews the September 1998 draft plan for MARD. The committee drew three conclusions from its review of the plan and offers five recommendations to the NWS.

Acts of God

The Unnatural History of Natural Disaster in America

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Author: Ted Steinberg

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199838992

Category: History

Page: 336

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As the waters of the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain began to pour into New Orleans, people began asking the big question--could any of this have been avoided? How much of the damage from Hurricane Katrina was bad luck, and how much was poor city planning? Steinberg's Acts of God is a provocative history of natural disasters in the United States. This revised edition features a new chapter analyzing the failed response to Hurricane Katrina, a disaster Steinberg warned could happen when the book first was published. Focusing on America's worst natural disasters, Steinberg argues that it is wrong to see these tragedies as random outbursts of nature's violence or expressions of divine judgment. He reveals how the decisions of business leaders and government officials have paved the way for the greater losses of life and property, especially among those least able to withstand such blows--America's poor, elderly, and minorities. Seeing nature or God as the primary culprit, Steinberg explains, has helped to hide the fact that some Americans are simply better able to protect themselves from the violence of nature than others. In the face of revelations about how the federal government mishandled the Katrina calamity, this book is a must-read before further wind and water sweep away more lives. Acts of God is a call to action that needs desperately to be heard.

Evaluation of the Multifunction Phased Array Radar Planning Process

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Author: National Research Council,Division on Earth and Life Studies,Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate,Committee on the Evaluation of the Multifunction Phased Array Radar Planning Process

Publisher: National Academies Press

ISBN: 9780309178440

Category: Science

Page: 91

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The Multifunction Phased Array Radar (MPAR) is one potentially cost-effective solution to meet the surveillance needs and of several agencies currently using decades-old radar networks. These agencies including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration s (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have many and varied requirements and possible applications of modern radar technology. This book analyzes what is lacking in the current system, the relevant capabilities of phased array technology, technical challenges, cost issues, and compares possible alternatives. Both specific and overarching recommendations are outlined.

Assessment of Hydrologic and Hydrometeorological Operations and Services

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Author: National Weather Service Modernization Committee,National Research Council,Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences,Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems

Publisher: National Academies Press

ISBN: 0309056349

Category: Science

Page: 62

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Floods are by far the most devastating of all weather-related hazards in the United States. The National Weather Service (NWS) is charged by Congress to provide river and flood forecasts and warnings to the public to protect life and property and to promote the nation's economic and environmental well-being (such as through support for water resources management). As part of a modernization of its technologies and organizational structure, the NWS is undertaking a thorough updating of its hydrologic products and services and the activities that produce them. The National Weather Service Modernization Committee of the National Research Council undertook a comprehensive assessment of the NWS' plans and progress for the modernization of hydrologic and hydrometeorological operations and services. The committee's conclusions and recommendations and their related analysis and rationale are presented in this report.

A Vision for the National Weather Service:

Road Map for the Future

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Author: Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems,National Weather Service Modernization Committee,Panel on the Road Map for the Future,National Research Council,National Weather Service,Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

Publisher: National Academies Press

ISBN: 0309063795

Category: Science

Page: 88

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In this study, the committee explores ways the National Weather Service (NWS) can take advantage of continuing advances in science and technology to meet the challenges of the future. The predictions are focused on the target year 2025. Because specific predictions about the state of science and technology or the NWS more than 25 years in the future will not be entirely accurate, the goal of this report is to identify and highlight trends that are most likely to influence change. The Panel on the Road Map for the Future National Weather Service developed an optimistic vision for 2025 based on advances in science and technology.

Aviation Weather Services Handbook

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Author: Federal Aviation Administration,Robert A. Prentice,United States. National Weather Service

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.

ISBN: 1602399441

Category: Transportation

Page: 216

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"Written by Robert A. Prentice with assistance from Douglas D. Streu, and edited by Cynthia Abelman and Tom Dulong"--Frwd.

Fair Weather:

Effective Partnerships in Weather and Climate Services

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Author: Committee on Geophysical and Environmental Data,Committee on Partnerships in Weather and Climate Services,National Research Council,Division on Earth and Life Studies,Computer Science and Telecommunications Board,Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate,Board on Earth Sciences and Resources

Publisher: National Academies Press

ISBN: 0309087465

Category: Science

Page: 238

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Decades of evolving U.S. policy have led to three sectors providing weather services-NOAA (primarily the National Weather Service [NWS]), academic institutions, and private companies. This three-sector system has produced a scope and diversity of weather services in the United States second to none. However, rapid scientific and technological change is changing the capabilities of the sectors and creating occasional friction. Fair Weather: Effective Partnerships in Weather and Climate Services examines the roles of the three sectors in providing weather and climate services, the barriers to interaction among the sectors, and the impact of scientific and technological advances on the weather enterprise. Readers from all three sectors will be interested in the analysis and recommendations provided in Fair Weather.

The Handmaid's Tale

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Author: Margaret Atwood

Publisher: Emblem Editions

ISBN: 1551994968

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

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In this multi-award-winning, bestselling novel, Margaret Atwood has created a stunning Orwellian vision of the near future. This is the story of Offred, one of the unfortunate “Handmaids” under the new social order who have only one purpose: to breed. In Gilead, where women are prohibited from holding jobs, reading, and forming friendships, Offred’s persistent memories of life in the “time before” and her will to survive are acts of rebellion. Provocative, startling, prophetic, and with Margaret Atwood’s devastating irony, wit, and acute perceptive powers in full force, The Handmaid’s Tale is at once a mordant satire and a dire warning.

Remote Sensing Modeling and Applications to Wildland Fires

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Author: John J. Qu,William Sommers,Ruixin Yang,Allen Riebau,Menas Kafatos

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3642325300

Category: Nature

Page: 374

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Scientists and managers alike need timely, cost-effective, and technically appropriate fire-related information to develop functional strategies for the diverse fire communities. "Remote Sensing Modeling and Applications to Wildland Fires" addresses wildland fire management needs by presenting discussions that link ecology and the physical sciences from local to regional levels, views on integrated decision support data for policy and decision makers, new technologies and techniques, and future challenges and how remote sensing might help to address them. While creating awareness of wildland fire management and rehabilitation issues, hands-on experience in applying remote sensing and simulation modeling is also shared. This book will be a useful reference work for researchers, practitioners and graduate students in the fields of fire science, remote sensing and modeling applications. Professor John J. Qu works at the Department of Geography and GeoInformation Science at George Mason University (GMU), USA. He is the Founder and Director of the Environmental Science and Technology Center (ESTC) and EastFIRE Lab at GMU.

Aviation Weather Services

A Call For Federal Leadership and Action

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Author: National Research Council,Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences,Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems,National Aviation Weather Services Committee

Publisher: National Academies Press

ISBN: 9780309176033

Category: Science

Page: 120

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Each time we see grim pictures of aircraft wreckage on a rain-drenched crash site, or scenes of tired holiday travelers stranded in snow-covered airports, we are reminded of the harsh impact that weather can have on the flying public. This book examines issues that affect the provision of national aviation weather services and related research and technology development efforts. It also discusses fragmentation of responsibilities and resources, which leads to a less-than-optimal use of available weather information and examines alternatives for responding to this situation. In particular, it develops an approach whereby the federal government could provide stronger leadership to improve cooperation and coordination among aviation weather providers and users.