NOAA Weather Program Office About 1.2021rev


In pursuit of its vision and mission, WPO works closely with the National Weather Service (NWS) to help develop and transition weather research, including hurricanes, severe thunderstorms, heavy precipitation, and air pollution. Additionally, WPO utilizes social science to learn how to deal with the uncertainties weather presents and to inform its engagement and communication with researchers, funders, and the public.

Furthermore, WPO selects and funds research that supports and fosters collaborations — within NOAA’s research laboratories and across the weather enterprise (i.e., NOAA, other Federal agencies and entities, state and local governments, academia, and the private sector). This coordination will include: 1) developing engagement mechanisms with the U.S. private weather industry; 2) enhancing two-way collaboration, coordination, and feedback between operations and research to accelerate the pace of capability improvements; 3) supporting community modeling efforts beneficial to both operational support and research questions; and 4) guiding collaborative efforts to include both operational and research priorities in planning phases.

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