WAS*IS Workshop 2008

Beyond Storm-Based Warnings, Communication of Probabilistic Hazard Information

15-17 September 2008, the National Weather Center, Norman, OK

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  1. Introduce new technologies and directions to a diverse spectrum of potential future collaborators.
  2. Define and address the broad spectrum of end-user needs from the super-user to diverse segments of the general public. Based on participants expertise and interests we will particularly focus on emergency managers, hospitals and individuals with higher vulnerability as well as private industry.
  3. Clarify and suggest new ways to communicate uncertainty and storm information. Focus on graphic representations of storm timelines and uncertainty and communication through new and emerging technologies.
  4. Define new measures of success to properly assess service. Change concepts of storm verification including close calls and false alarms.
  5. Provide suggestions for the evolution of the Experimental Warning Program, design for spring experiments with stakeholders goals.
  6. Develop ideas for new ways to change the culture within all levels of the National Weather Service to facilitate operational implementation of these concepts.
  7. Create visibility and consider possible future funding opportunities for Hazardous Weather Testbed activities and stakeholder interactions that help with the move from WAS to IS for the National Weather Service.