Vision and Motivation

Countless lives have been lost to hazardous weather since time immemorial, and the United States is home to some of the most severe storms on the planet. Centuries of scientific and technological advancements have allowed us to survive the harshest of conditions, but weather remains an untamed force of nature. As these “Untamed Skies” acknowledge no personal, political, or ideological boundaries, so too must we transcend the boundaries of our traditional disciplines in order to increase our national resilience in the face of natural hazards. We must endeavor to forge new alliances between the fields of scientific research, operational weather forecasting, emergency management, and public policy. As a meteorologist with a broad spectrum of interests, my personal vision is to facilitate dialogue between these four mission areas. I seek to apply theoretical research results to real-time forecasting applications, equip decision makers with the scientific understanding to properly manage hazardous weather events, and engage the policy process as a means to enhance public safety. Only then can the science of meteorology bring tangible rewards to society. Only then can we mitigate the human suffering caused by weather hazards. Only then can we build a resilient nation.

 

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Mission #1: Scientific Research

Conduct observational, theoretical, and experimental research to generate new knowledge and advance the frontiers of meteorology by leveraging multiple data sources and expertise in the field. Maintain professional collaborations with organizations and agencies in all sectors. Read more…

 

Mission #2: Weather Forecasting

Apply research results to operational weather forecasting by collaborating with civilian and military forecasters. Maintain a real-time, all-hazards Incident Map Room with official government information to facilitate situational awareness among decision makers and concerned citizens. Read more…

 

Mission #3: Management & Training

Connect the meteorology and emergency management communities by integrating science into the decision-making process. Train the “whole community” to better prepare for and respond to hazards, risks, and uncertainties via the Hazardous Weather Blog and through formal instruction. Read more…

 

Mission #4: Public Policy

Engage in dialogue with public officials and contribute to the establishment of policies and frameworks that effectively confront hazardous weather risk. Provide actionable ideas that enable researchers, forecasters, and managers to make tangible improvements to public safety. Read more…