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Summer 2008 WAS*IS
August 2008

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Thursday, August 7, 2008 (Center Green, Upstairs Cafe)
  6:00 p.m. Light reception with sandwiches, salad, and dessert at NCAR, Center Green, Building 1 ( 3080 Center Green Drive)
  • Help yourself to food, drinks, and dessert
  6:20 p.m. Welcome to the WAS*IS family
  • Hellos and introductions from WAS*IS veterans Eve Gruntfest, Julie Demuth, Jeff Lazo, and Sheldon Drobot
  6:30 p.m. Participants' 1-minute introductions
  • Name, position, and affiliation
  7:30 p.m. Why WAS*IS now? (Eve, Julie, Jeff, Sheldon)
Readings - (1) Demuth et al. 2007: Weather and Society*Integrated Studies: Building a community for integrating meteorology and social science (2) Lazo, 2008: Integrating social science theory into hydrometeorology (3) Morss et al. 2007: Societal and economic research and applications priorities for the North American THORPEX program
  • WAS*IS up to now: how it's evolving and future prospects
  • What distinguishes WAS*IS from other efforts
  • Barriers we will overcome
  • Ground rules for the next 8 days
  8:30 p.m. Adjourn
  Friday, August 8, 2008 (Mesa Lab, Damon Room)
  8:15 a.m. Arrive, get settled
  8:30 a.m. Welcome and discuss logistics
  Daily themes: Capacity Building and Laying the Foundation for WAS*IS Success
  8:45 a.m. Getting to know your fellow WAS*ISers -- 5-minute intros to say (a) what you do, and (b) what you want from WAS*IS
Moderator: Daniel Nietfeld

• Lis Cohen
• Kelly Mahoney
• Jennifer Zeltwanger
• Kim Klockow
• Joe Koval
• Lindsay Calvert
• Tom Behler

  9:30 a.m. Speaking the same language (Gina Eosco, University of Oklahoma & American Meteorological Society; Chris Vaccaro; Julie Demuth)

Readings − Pennesi, 2007: Improving forecast communication: Linguistic and cultural considerations
  10:30 a.m. Break
  11:00 a.m. Report back and discuss speaking the same language
  11:30 a.m. Lunch from NCAR cafeteria and walk outside

• Filming 7 people
  1:00 p.m. Getting to know more of your fellow WAS*ISers
Moderator: Lis Cohen

• Nate Johnson
• Kodi Nemunaitis
• Renee Curry
• Roger Turner
• Aaron Sutula
• Shanna Pitter
• Chris Vaccaro
  1:45 p.m. The importance of problem definition (Rebecca Morss, NCAR)
Moderator: Julie

Reading: Morss, 2005 - Problem definition in atmospheric science public policy
  2:45 p.m. Break
  3:15 p.m. WAS*IS*WILLBE (Bill Hooke, American Meteorological Society)
Moderator: Sheldon

• Once WAS was all there was; a survivor from that era looks back and looks ahead
  4:15 p.m. Question and discussion with Bill Hooke
Moderator: Sheldon
  4:45 p.m. Culture change underway: A panel of WAS*IS veterans (Kevin Barjenbruch, NWS; Gina Eosco, OU & AMS; Tanja Fransen, NWS; Rebecca Morss, NCAR; Isabelle Ruin,NCAR; Andrea Schumacher, Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere; Russ Schumacher, Colorado State University & NCAR)
Moderator: Eve

• 3-5 minutes each to highlight (a) what they do, and (b) thoughts on WAS*IS and WAS*IS-type work
  5:45 p.m. Adjourn
  6:00 p.m. Friends of WAS*IS reception (Outer Damon Room)
  Saturday, August 9, 2008 (Foothills Lab, COMET Classroom)
  8:15 a.m. Arrive, get settled
  Daily themes: Capacity Building and the Forecasting Process, Challenges, and Opportunities
  8:30 a.m. Getting to know more of your fellow WAS*ISers
Moderator: Nate Johnson

• Daniel Nietfeld
• Heather Campbell
• Melissa Widhalm
• Tom Sabbatelli
• Kelsey Angle
• Aisha Reed
  9:08 a.m. Getting to know your fellow WAS*ISers
Moderator: Kim Klockow

• Deke Arndt
• Jill Coleman
• Jeral Estupiñán
• Donna Franklin
• Monica Zappa
  9:45 a.m. Check-in: How are things going? (Sheldon)
  10:00 a.m. Break
  10:30 a.m. Evolving from WAS to IS: Societal impacts in NWS service assessments (Kevin Barjenbruch, Daniel Nietfeld, Julie Demuth)

Readings − Barjenbruch, 2008: Societal impacts analysis
  11:15 a.m. A glimpse into (some) social science -- Part I
Moderator: Julie

• Communication (Chris Vaccaro and Gina Eosco), 15 min
• Sociology (Tom Behler), 15 min
  12:00 p.m. Lunch

• Filming 7 people
  1:00 p.m. Weather briefing (Kelsey Angle, Jeral Estupiñán, Daniel Nietfeld, Jennifer

Moderator: Sheldon
  1:30 p.m. Operational forecasting and broadcasting: The process
Moderator: Eve

NWS Weather Forecast Offices (Kelsey Angle, Jeral Estupiñán, Daniel Nietfeld, Jennifer Zeltwanger), 30 min
WRAL-TV (Nate Johnson), 30 min
WeatherBug and The Weather Channel (Joe Bartosik, Joe Koval), 30 min
  3:00 p.m. Break
  3:30 p.m. Key societal impacts challenges and opportunities facing forecasters, broadcasters, & NOAA
Moderator: Julie

Readings − Graning, 2008: WAS*IS in practice: Forecast impacts during the blizzard of March 1, 2007

• What other elements play in?

• Group discussion

  5:00 p.m. Adjourn
  7:00 p.m. Group dinner at The Med (1002 Walnut St.)
  Sunday, August 10, 2008
  All Day Day off - everything today is optional!
Sleep in, hike around Boulder, shop, relax … do whatever!
  8:00 a.m. Leave Golden Buff for Boulder hike followed by lunch at Southern Sun
  3:15 p.m. Leave Golden Buff for 4:00 p.m. NWS tour
    NO organized group dinner
  Monday, August 11, 2008 (Foothills Lab, COMET Classroom & Mesa Lab)
  8:15 a.m. Arrive, get settled
  Morning theme: Social Science, Research Methods, and Examples
  8:30 a.m. A glimpse into (some) social science -- Part II
Moderator: Sheldon

Geography (Jill Coleman), 15 min
History and sociology of science (Roger Turner), 15 min
  9:00 a.m. Institutional Reviews Boards/Human Subjects Committee (Julie, Sheldon)
  9:30 a.m. Introduction to qualitative research methods (Isabelle Ruin)
Moderator: Eve

• Differences, pros, and cons of qualitative and quantitative methods
• How qualitative and quantitative methods complement each other
• Types of qualitative research methods (Interviews, Surveys, Focus groups,
Participant observation, Content analysis, more…!)
  10:15 a.m. Break
  10:45 a.m. Brief introduction to surveys (Jeff Lazo)
Moderator: Julie

• Background, pros, cons, pitfalls, pointers, examples of work with surveys
  11:30 a.m. Brief introductions to interviews (Gina Eosco)
Moderator: Eve

• Background, pros, cons, pitfalls, pointers, examples of work with interviews
  12:15 p.m. Check-in: How are things going? (Sheldon)
  12:30 p.m. Leave for Mesa Lab
  1:00 p.m. Lunch at Mesa Lab

• Filming 5 people
  Afternoon theme: Joining the AMS Summer Community Meeting
  2:00 p.m. AMS meeting for session on “Communicating and Connecting: Reports on Exciting Projects that Integrate Meteorology and Social Science” (Main Seminar room)
  4:00 p.m. Break
  4:30 p.m. Group brainstorming session (Julie, Sheldon, Eve) (Damon Room)

• What questions are coming up?
• What topics do people want to discuss further?
• What ideas might people want to pursue?
  5:30 p.m. AMS icebreaker reception
    NO organized group dinner
  Tuesday, August 12, 2008
  Daily theme: Real-Life Examples of the Intersection of Weather and Society
  7:00 a.m. Leave from Golden Buff for Fort Collins (everyone to ride on bus)
  8:00 a.m Arrive at site of Fort Collins flood
  • Discuss what happened before, during, and after the flood, including meteorology, hydrology, land use regulations, and emergency response (Matt Kelsh)
  9:30 a.m. Arrive at Fort Collins Storm Water Utility ( 700 Wood St .)
  10:45 a.m. Bathroom breaks
  11:00 a.m. Leave for site of Big Thompson flood of July 31, 1976
  11:30 a.m. Lunch at Viestenz-Smith park just above the narrows in the canyon

• Filming for 7 people
  12:30 p.m. Reminders of the past and the current state

• Look at tree scars from the flood and observe engineering of the river (Matt)
• Take self-guided tour around the ruins of the power plant that was destroyed by the Big Thompson flood
  1:15 p.m. Continue up the canyon

• Point out evidence of the flood (Matt)
• Talk about Olympus dam upon arriving in Estes Park
  2:00 p.m. Arrive at Rocky Mountain National Park to visit scar of Lawn Lake flood of July 15, 1982

• Look at the topographic replica of the park at the visitor’s center and Matt will explain where Lawn Lake is (Matt)
  2:30 p.m. Arrive at the Lawn Lake Alluvial Fan

• Explain the timeline of the 1982 flood (Matt)
• Explore the rocks and waterfalls … take photos!
  4:00 p.m. Depart for Boulder
  4:45 p.m. Check-in: How are things going? (Sheldon)
  5:00 p.m. Return to Boulder
  7:00 p.m. Group dinner at Dushanbe Teahouse (1770 13th Street)
  Wednesday, August 13, 2008 (Foothills Lab, COMET Classroom)
  8:15 a.m. Arrive, get settled
  Daily theme: Some Essential Concepts and Research Tools
  8:30 a.m. Focus group on weather forecast uncertainty information (Julie)
  9:30 a.m. Recent work on estimating and conveying uncertainty information (Julie)

Readings – (1) Morss et al., 2008: Communicating uncertainty in weather forecasts: A survey of the U.S. public
  10:00 a.m. Group discussion and questions
Moderator: Julie
  10:30 a.m. Break
  11:00 a.m. Vulnerability and resilience
Moderator: Eve

Minorities during Hurricanes Andrew and Katrina (Aisha Reed), 15 min
Homeless people (Kelly Mahoney), 15 min
Nicaraguan communities (Monica Zappa), 15 min
Learning from the WCM Initiative Team and strengthening StormReady (Donna Franklin), 15 min
  12:00 p.m. Group discussion and questions
Moderator: Eve
  12:30 p.m. NCAR catered lunch
  1:30 p.m. GIS in weather and society (Olga Wilhelmi, NCAR)
Moderator: Julie

• Overview of GIS and its applicability for societal impacts work
  2:00 p.m. Case study
  3:00 p.m. Report back on GIS (Olga)
  3:30 p.m. Break
  4:00 p.m. The value of weather information and weather forecasts as public goods (Jeff Lazo)
Moderator: Sheldon
  5:00 p.m. Group discussion and questions
Moderator: Sheldon
  5:30 p.m. Adjourn
    NO organized group dinner!
  Thursday, July 19, 2007
  8:15 a.m. Arrive, get settled
  Morning theme: Learning from Users
  8:30 a.m. Engaging end users to ensure project success (Bill Mahoney, NCAR)
Moderator: Sheldon
  9:15 a.m. More perspectives on interacting with users
Moderator: Julie

Emergency managers (Lindsay Calvert), 10 min
Oklahoma Climatological Survey (Derek Arndt), 10 min (Lis Cohen), 10 min
• Group discussion, 15 min
  10:00 a.m. Break
  10:30 a.m. Users, warnings, and verification: Examples from two quick response grants (Sheldon)

Readings – (1) Drobot, 2007: Evaluation of winter storm warnings: A case study of the Colorado Front Range December 20-21, 2006, winter storm
  11:00 a.m. Confronting prevailing myths about warnings and false alarms: Lessons from the National Science Foundation Warning Project (Eve)

Readings – (1) Mooney and Gruntfest, 2008: A perspective on the importance of social science to the nation’s natural disaster warning system
(2) Drobot et al., 2007: Risk factors for driving into flooded roads
(3) Ruin et al., 2007: How to get there? Assessing motorists’ flash flood
risk perception on daily itineraries
  11:30 a.m. More on weather warnings and false alarms
Moderator: Eve

Missed events versus false alarms (Kelly Mahoney), 10 min
More of my IS work (Isabelle Ruin), 10 min
• AMS or bust! Oklahomans' decision-making about driving to the 2007 Annual AMS Meeting (Kim Klockow), 10 min
  12:00 p.m. Group discussion and questions
Moderator: Eve
  12:30 p.m. Lunch from NCAR cafeteria
  Afternoon theme: Moving from WAS to IS in Our Own Ways
  1:30 p.m. Group brainstorming and group work all afternoon (Julie, Sheldon, Eve)
  4:30 p.m. Report in
  5:30 p.m. Adjourn
  7:00 p.m. Final group celebratory dinner at Carelli's ( 645 30 th Street )
  Friday, August 15, 2008 (Foothills Lab, EOL Atrium)
  8:15 a.m. Arrive, get settled
  Morning theme: Building a Sustainable Future for WAS*IS and You
  8:30 a.m. The 2008 Summer WAS*IS identity (Everyone)
  9:15 a.m. Looking forward: Next steps to getting to IS (Eve, Julie, Sheldon)

• Funding
• Getting to know the rest of the WAS*IS family
• Ideas for the future of WAS*IS
• Changing the culture and measuring progress
• Maintaining the WAS*IS webpage, resources, and contributing to Weather and Society Watch (Emily Laidlaw, NCAR)
  10:00 a.m. Break
  10:30 a.m. After the WAS*IS ecstasy, the laundry (Julie and Sheldon)

Readings − Schumacher, 2008: After WAS*IS ecstasy, the laundry: One atmospheric scientist’s experience
• Strategies for when you go back to the real world
• Addressing the work-life balance issues and using your fellow WAS*ISers as
  11:30 a.m. Ciao ciao! (Eve, Julie, Sheldon)
  12:00 p.m. Wrap-up and lunch from NCAR cafeteria for those who want to stay


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