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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 UnderSecretary 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 show the growing role of NOAA in lessening the effects of all hazardous events and what they are doing to mitigate impacts
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. Pete also mans the NOAA desk at DHS National Operations Center and has a key role in ensuring weather is properly addressed
for all operations inherent with manmade or natural hazards. 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 PhD (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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