The Growing Role Of NOAA In DHS Operations And Planning: Storm Surge Et Al | 9508
Journal of Marine Science: Research & Development
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Since 2004, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has provided direct support to the Department of
Homeland Security (DHS) National Operations Center (NOC) and the Director of Operations Coordination and Planning.
This support consists of the manning of a NOAA desk within the DHS NOC (located in the DHS Complex near the intersection
of Massachusetts and Nebraska Avenues in Northwest Washington DC), the provision of products and consultation that help
DHS leaders make decisions regarding the impacts of severe weather on their operations, and the support during emergency
relocation of DHS components and desk officers (to a location 40 miles west of Washington). On an annual basis the NOAA
desk officers monitor observed and predicted weather for the United States and its territories to include flash flooding, heavy
snow, severe weather (tornadoes, hail and high winds), critical fire weather conditions, solar storms and tropical storms.
Operations dramatically increase during the summer and early Fall (24 hour per day, 7 days per week, virtual and on-site) to
support operations related to tropical storms and hurricanes. The NOAA desk officers also provide support for special events
such as the Republican and Democratic Conventions, Super Bowls, Presidential Inaugurations, and any manmade/natural
disasters (earthquake recovery, oil spills, toxic dispersion, etc). Over the past year the DHS NOAA desk led the synchronization
of requirements between DHS Director of Operations Coordination and Planning and the NOAA Under Secretary Office, as well
as the improved coordination with agencies supported by both NOAA and Department of Defense (DoD). The presentation will
give a detailed look at DHS customer, NOAA DHS NOC desk operations, and examples of support over the past 4-5 years. It will
also concentrate on what NOAA is doing to improve storm surge analysis and forecasting, so as to prepare for future storms like
Peter B. Roohr is a meteorologist managing the fire weather science and technology and Small Business Innovation Research programs within
the Office of Science and Technology at Headquarters National Weather Service. He is also a subject matter expert in topics of lightning, winter
weather and volcanic ash. He grew up in Alexandria VA and obtained a B.A. degree in Environmental Science at the University of Virginia (minor
in Astronomy), and M.S. (1991) and Ph.D. (1999) degrees in Atmospheric Science from Colorado State University. His thesis and dissertation
concentrated on the incorporation of lightning data into nowcasting of phenomena such as intense bands of snow and ice. From 1986 to 2007
he was a U.S. Air Force officer managing major weather system program acquisition and technology transition, as well as directing the diverse
operations and policy development of four major weather squadrons/divisions in Korea, within AF Materiel Command, at AF Weather Agency and
at the Pentagon.
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