NOAA/NWS propose policy on provision of weather, water, climate information

Disaster Prevention and Management

ISSN: 0965-3562

Article publication date: 1 July 2004

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(2004), "NOAA/NWS propose policy on provision of weather, water, climate information", Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 13 No. 3. https://doi.org/10.1108/dpm.2004.07313cab.003

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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NOAA/NWS propose policy on provision of weather, water, climate information

NOAA/NWS propose policy on provision of weather, water, climate information

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has proposed a new policy regarding information activities of the National Weather Service (NWS). The policy is intended to strengthen the existing partnership among government, academia, and the private sector, which provides the nation with high-quality weather, water, climate, and related environmental information.

The proposed policy responds to recommendations contained in the National Research Council’s (NRC’s) study, Fair Weather: Effective Partnerships in Weather and Climate Services which identifies the need for a policy that recognizes advances in technology as well as new, relevant laws and policies. The study examined the respective roles of the government, academic, and private sectors and provided recommendations regarding their ongoing collaboration. In a key passage, the study states that:.

it is counterproductive and diversionary to establish detailed and rigid boundaries for each sector outlining who can do what and with which tools.

Instead, efforts should focus on improving the processes by which the public and private providers of weather services interact (emphasis in the original).

With this background, NOAA has proposed a policy regarding activities of the National Weather Service in the area of weather, water, climate and related environmental information services. The new policy can be found on-line at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/fairweather/policy.php

NOAA is seeking comments on this proposed policy, and remarks can be submitted through May 14, 2004. Electronic submission is encouraged, and comments should be e-mailed to: fairweather@noaa.gov.

Written comments should be addressed to Fair Weather, Strategic Planning and Policy Office, NOAA National Weather Service, 1325 East-West Highway, Room 11404, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3283; comments may also be faxed to (301) 713-1239. For further information contact Peter Weiss, (301) 713-0258, ext. 142; or see http://www.nws.noaa.gov/fairweather/

(Extracted from the Natural Hazards Observor, March 2004)