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July 10, 2014 | More than 1,000 forecasters, researchers, and other professionals from around the globe will convene in Montréal on August 16–21 for a first-of-a-kind meeting aimed at pooling international thought on where weather prediction is headed. NCAR and UCAR participants are on tap to cover a wide range of promising developments.
The World Weather Open Science Conference (WWOSC) will examine the latest scientific advances and discuss how the benefits of this knowledge can best be used for the good of society. The meeting’s co-organizers are the World Meteorological Organization, the International Council for Science, Environment Canada, and Canada’s National Research Council. NCAR and UCAR are among the meeting’s official sponsors.
While a number of regular conferences explore meteorological progress, this one is the first to bring together participants from around the world across the spectrum of weather-related specialties, including research, technology, forecasting, and stakeholders sensitive to weather impacts.
“What makes this conference different is that it brings together diverse research communities that usually meet separately. This will allow us to address all aspects of understanding, predicting, and responding to weather,” said NCAR director James Hurrell, who is part of the 15-member scientific organizing committee for the WWOSC. “Having this broad a spectrum of people together at one event will help us identify the biggest challenges and the most critical needs in weather prediction.”
UCAR president Thomas Bogdan will take part in a panel discussion on the future of the weather enterprise, a term that includes the academic, government, and industry elements. “If we are serious about saving lives and livelihoods,” said Bogdan, “we must invest our shared resources and expertise so that decision makers are better equipped to make the right decisions at the right times.”