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BUILDING A STRONGER WEATHER AND CLIMATE ENTERPRISE Keeping the Economy Moving 8-11 August, 2011 at Center Green Campus
The national and global Economies have been reeling in recent times from major setbacks from various causes—not the least of which are those created by weather and climate phenomena. The entire weather and climate enterprise, which includes provider and user segments, has much to offer in recovering and building vibrant global economies. The Nationwide Network of Networks (NNoN) initiative has laid out a path forward in the United States to harness the power of multiple observing systems serving a multitude of users. Key aspects of this initiative go beyond the goals of a NNoN and apply across the broad weather and climate spectrum, nationally and internationally. One of the biggest challenges faced by the enterprise, however, is gauging the value and utility of various products and services to the user community. Common data and product needs are key to efficient and effective service. At stake are hundreds of billions of dollars in economic productivity, protection of valuable resources and the safety of countless lives. We will feature several user segments whose needs are critical and whose topics are timely for discussion. Particular areas of interest include: 1. Carbon and greenhouse gas information products 2. Climate with emphasis on drought and floods 3. Weather with emphasis on metadata and conventional energy 4. Transportation 5. Renewable energy with emphasis on offshore wind and solar energy 6. Human health. Presenters and panelists will highlight current needs and potential value of enhanced data, product and service valuations from their current or emerging application areas as the community seeks ways to satisfy multiple users in a common space. This meeting will provide insight toward the next steps of coordinated, effective action and cooperation across all sectors of the enterprise to address these issues.