RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK- The National Weather Service (NWS) has released its new Weather-Ready Nation Strategic Plan for 2019-2022. The strategic plan provides weather, water, and climate observations, forecasts, and warnings to protect life and property and enhance the national economy—which is becoming increasingly important as extreme weather becomes more common. RTI International’s Center for Water Resources is a Weather Ready Nation Ambassador that supports the NWS’s vision of a “society that is prepared for and responds to weather, water, and climate-dependent events.”
As a Weather Ready Nation ambassador, RTI has a deep understanding of NWS forecasts and products and is able to help end-users employ the information provided to respond to extreme events. RTI helps clients understand the information and use it appropriately while also making the information more actionable for specific uses.
The RTI Center for Water Resources’ work aligns with the new NWS goals of:
- Reducing the impacts of weather, water, and climate events by transforming the way people receive, understand, and act on information
- Harnessing cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering to provide the best observations, forecasts, and warnings
NWS products and forecasting services are central to a portion of the wide range of services that the RTI Center for Water Resources offers. For example, in a recent project for Duke Energy, RTI built a customized web portal to display forecasted streamflow information for the Catawba-Wateree River Basin based on data from the National Water Model.
In a multi-year project for NASA, RTI is developing a forecast framework in the Colorado River basin that generates improved seasonal forecasts to support risk-based decision making for water managers. To read more about RTI’s work with NASA in the Colorado River Basin, please visit rti.org/impact/improving-water-supply-forecasts-upper-colorado-river-basin.
For more information about the Center for Water Resources, visit rti.org/cwr.