National Weather Center Colloquium

Making research more relevant: lessons learned from years of research-to-operations efforts at NSSL

Dr. Jack Kain
Chief, Forecast & Development Division
National Severe Storms Laboratory, NOAA

03 March 2015, 4:00 PM

National Weather Center, Room 1313
120 David L. Boren Blvd.
University of Oklahoma
Norman, OK

Refreshments will be served at 3:30 PM

Government funding for scientific research is becoming increasingly more focused on societal relevance. In meteorology, funding approval is often contingent upon outlining a clear path to forecasting operations, but in practice, following the path to operations is often much more difficult and less productive than envisioned. Nonetheless, within the NOAA department of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), NSSL has earned a reputation as a center of relative success in research-to-operations (R2O) efforts. In this presentation, I will outline some of the laboratory’s success stories, identify and discuss the variety of factors that have helped carry R2O efforts to fruition, and highlight some of the unique opportunities that scientists here in the National Weather Center have to make research efforts more relevant to society as a whole.

Speaker bio

For accommodations based on disability, or more details, please call 325-6561. All visitors without NOAA or University of Oklahoma identification must register at the registration desk on arrival. Visitor parking is available for all University visitors. However, faculty/staff/students must have a current multi-purpose parking permit. Additional parking is available at the Lloyd Noble Center (LNC) for those individuals who do not have a parking permit. You do not need a permit to park in one of 1,200 spaces reserved for CART bus riders, although you must ride the CART shuttle to park in the reserved area. This area is on the north central side of the Lloyd Noble Center. Elsewhere at the LNC, permits are required.

The University of Oklahoma is a smoke-free / tobacco-free campus.

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