NOAA's Hydrology Program
Snow Science Steering Team
2006 June 2
The management of integrated and efficient development and implementation of snow analysis and modeling
enhancements which optimally serve the needs of NOAA's Hydrology Program and its customers.
- Provide NOAA's Hydrology Program planning, direction, leadership, and control for all snow science
development, implementation, and enhancement activities for the Office of Hydrologic Development (OHD)
and the National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center (NOHRSC).
- Ensure the preparation and prioritization of requirements for applied snow science and related system
development activities and ensure the quantification and justification of these requirements in support
of planning, programming, and execution decisions.
Scope of Authority/Limitations:
- This team operates under the authority of the Director, Office of Hydrologic Development, and NOAA's
Hydrology Program Manager.
- Recommendations must be scientifically sound, efficient, and cost effective.
- Analyses must be objective and unbiased.
- Past or current practices, and organizational allegiances among the team members, will not influence
either the evaluation or the recommendations.
- The team will consult with internal and external partners and customers as needed.
- Consensus among team members, as agreed upon by the team, is required for a team decision or
recommendation. In situations where the team cannot achieve consensus, and a decision must be made
to move the team's activities forward, NOAA's Hydrology Program Manager will adjudicate the impasse.
The team will be formed and commence activities by July 1, 2006. The Snow Science Steering Team is a
standing team with no set termination date.
Success Criteria/ Deliverables:
Task plans and assignments required for applied snow science and related system development activities
for the Hydrologic Science and Modeling Branch (HSMB) and the NOHRSC.
- Team Leader, Tom Carroll, Director, NOHRSC representing management responsibility for NOHRSC.
- Geoff Bonnin, Chief, Hydrologic Science and Modeling Branch representing management responsibility
- Pedro Restrepo, OHD Senior Scientist in the role of OHD Senior Scientist
- Don Laurine, Chair, DOH Science Steering Team, representing the collective feedback and requirements
of the RFCs.