A User Group Meeting
Dates: 12 – 14 July 2005 (11 July travel, 14 July pm travel)
Location: Silver Spring, MD, Conference Room 2358 in SSMC2
Meeting organizers: Greg Stumpf (CIMMS/MDL), Mike Magsig (CIMMS/WDTB)
Description: Following the tradition of the former NSSL/NWS User Group meetings of the 1990s, the MDL/Decision Assistance Branch is hosting a severe weather technology user group meeting. This meeting would follow the formats of similar user group workshops (e.g., WDSS) in that we would gather field personnel, training scientists, and application development scientists to discuss severe weather (wind, hail, tornado, and lightning) warning decision making and how technology can assist (algorithms and displays). We are proposing a 2 ½ day workshop, with travel days on Mon and Thursday (pm), location Silver Spring. We anticipate that this will turn into an annual event that rotates locations between Silver Spring, Norman, and Boulder.
Objectives: To review the “state of the science and technology” of NWS severe weather warning assistance tools (e.g., AWIPS, WES, SCAN, ORPG), to identify gaps in the present methodologies and technologies, to gain expert feedback from the field (including “stories” from the front lines), to discuss the near-term and long-term future trends in AWIPS R&D, and for field forecasters and R&D scientists to help pave the direction for new technological advances. We are reserving time for field folks to present case studies and best practices. There will also be breakout sessions to focus on current needs and future directions for NWS. One of the goals of this workshop is to provide an online resource that identifies the critical needs to maintain and improve NWS warning decision making. This resource will be regularly updated, and can be used as a reference for developers and requirements groups.
Attendees: We anticipate attendance from 2 to 4 highly-cognizant WFO participants per each of the 4 CONUS regions and perhaps 1 or 2 region HQ representatives. In addition, R&D scientists from MDL, NSSL, and FSL, as well as WDTB scientists will attend. Ideally, we will be looking for field folks with an interest in identifying current gaps and future directions in warning decision making. Experience and knowledge of SCAN, and/or other decision support systems (e.g., NSSL WDSS and WDSSII) is desired, but not required. We are looking to attract some enthusiastic people who are interested in setting an aggressive agenda for change.