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Summer 2010 WAS*IS
August 5-13, 2010

The workshop will begin with an evening reception at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 5 and adjourn at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, August 13.

Final Agenda (pdf)

Thu. August 5 | Fri. August 6 | Sat. August 7 | Sun. August 8 | Mon. August 9
Tues. August 10 | Wed. August 11 | Thu. August 12 | Fri. August 13

Thursday, August 5, 2010 (Mesa Lab, Cafeteria)
  Daily Theme: Introducing WAS*IS
Daily Moderators: Emily Laidlaw and Jen Spinney
  Daily Reference:
 5:30 p.m.Leave Golden Buff for NCAR Mesa Lab
 6:00 p.m. Light reception with sandwiches, salad, and dessert from Whole Foods
 6:20 p.m. Welcome to the WAS*IS Family: Emily Laidlaw, Julie Demuth, Jeff Lazo
 6:30 p.m. WAS*IS Organizing Committee and Advisory Committee Introductions
  • Organizing Committee: Emily Laidlaw, Julie Demuth, Jeff Lazo
  • Advisory Committee: Daniel Nietfeld, Scott Blair, Kenny Blumenfeld, Jen Spinney, Mark Widner
 7:15 p.m. Why WAS*IS Now? Emily Laidlaw, Julie Demuth, Jeff Lazo
 7:45 p.m.Break
 8:00 p.m. Participant Introductions: (Wachs - Fieux) Moderator: Scott Blair
 9:00 p.m. General questions about the workshop from participants
 9:10 p.m. Adjourn and take vans back to Golden Buff

Friday, August 6, 2010 (Foothill Lab, EOL Atrium)
  Daily Theme: Laying the Foundation for WAS*IS Success
Daily Moderators: Emily Laidlaw and Daniel Nietfeld
 Daily References:
 8:15 a.m.Arrive, get settled
 8:30 a.m. Welcome, overview of the week, and discuss logistics
 8:45 a.m. Participant Introductions: (Dix - Abtahi) Moderator: Kenny Blumenfeld
 9:45 a.m.Break
 10:00 a.m. When Weather Matters: Science and Service to Meet Societal Needs ...Rebecca Morss
 10:30 a.m. Discussion about social sciences and critical needs
 11:00 a.m. Social Sciences vs. Societal Impacts: What's the Difference? ...Jeff Lazo, Julie Demuth
 11:30 a.m. Discussion about Social Sciences vs Societal Impacts
 Noon Lunch at Foothills Lab Cafeteria (feel free to eat outside if it's nice!!)
 1:00 p.m. U.S. National Weather Service 101 ...Eric Boldt, Andy Devanas, Robbie Berg
 1:30 p.m.Discussion about U.S. Weather Service 101
 2:00 p.m. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Social Science Efforts: Embracing the Movement: Jennifer Sprague
 2:30 p.m. Discussion about National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Efforts
 3:00 p.m.Break
 3:15 p.m.WAS*IS*WILLBE: Bill Hooke
 4:00 p.m. Question and discussion with Bill Hooke
 4:30 p.m. Culture Change Underway: A Panel of WAS*IS Veterans: Sheldon Drobot, Kelly Mahoney, Cory Wolff, Jennifer Sprague, Toni Rosati, Andrea Schumacher, Scott Blair, Mark Widner
 5:00 p.m.Discussion with veterans
 5:30 p.m. Adjourn for Friends of WAS*IS pizza reception ...Foothills Lab Cafeteria

Saturday, August 7, 2010 (Foothills Lab, COMET Classroom)
  Morning Theme: The Essential Role of Communication
Daily Moderators: Scott Blair and Mark Widner
 Daily References:
 8:15 a.m.Arrive, get settled
 8:30 a.m. Fostering Collaboration: Speaking the Same Language ...Amy Stevermer, Kimberly Sarmuksnis, Jen Spinney
 9:00 a.m. Group Breakout Exercise about Speaking the Same Language ...Jen Spinney
 9:30 a.m. Groups report in about speaking the same language exercise
 10:00 a.m.Break
 10:15 a.m.Integrating Meteorology and Communication
 11:00 a.m. Challenges of Communicating Weather Information to the Public ...Sam Lashley
 11:20 a.m. Discussion about challenges of communicating weather information
 12:00 p.m.Lunch (ordered in from Deli Zone)
 Afternoon Theme: The Integrated Warning Team
 1:00 p.m. Perspectives from Broadcast Meteorology ...Dave Snider, Tom Wachs
 1:30 p.m.Discussion about broadcast meteorology
 2:00 p.m. Emergency Management and Preparedness ...Mark Widner, Marc Baribault, Andy Devanas
 3:00 p.m.Discussion about emergency management and preparedness
 3:30 p.m.Break
 3:45 p.m.The Integrated Warning Team Concept ...Andy Bailey
 4:45 p.m. Past and Future Directions: Omaha and Kansas Integrated Warning Team Workshops ...Scott Blair, Daniel Nietfeld
 5:00 p.m.Discussion about Integrated Warning Team workshops
 5:30 p.m.Adjourn
 7:30 p.m.Group dinner at The Med ...1002 Walnut St.

Sunday, August 8, 2010 (Around Boulder)
  Daily Theme: Enjoying Boulder
Day Off!! Everything is Optional
Everyone is their own moderator today!!
 All Day Day off! Everything today is optional ...sleep in, hike around Boulder, shop, relax whatever!
 8:30 a.m. Leave Golden Buff for Boulder hike followed by lunch at Southern Sun Leader: Julie Demuth
 3:15 p.m. Leave Golden Buff for Optional Boulder National Weather Service Visit
 4:00 p.m. Optional Boulder National Weather Service Forecast Office Tour
NO mandatory group dinner ...but an optional group dinner!

Monday, August 9, 2010 Foothills Lab (COMET Classroom)
  Daily Theme: Breaking Ground on Integrating Meteorology and Social Sciences
Daily Moderators: Jen Spinney and Kenny Blumenfeld
 Daily References:
 8:15 a.m.Arrive, get settled
 8:30 a.m. Welcome, overview of the week, and discuss logistics
 8:45 a.m. Integrating Meteorology and Anthropology
 9:30 a.m. Integrating Meteorology and Geography
  • Overview and brief example (15 mins) ...Kenny Blumenfeld
  • Detailed example of geography work (15 mins) ...Kate Sammler
  • Discussion about geography (15 mins)
 10:15 a.m.Break
 10:30 a.m. Integrating Meteorology and Economics
 11:15 a.m. Integrating Meteorology and Sociology
 NoonLunch at Foothills Lab Cafeteria
 1:00 p.m. Vulnerability and Resilience to Weather Impacts
 1:45 p.m. Vulnerability and Hurricane Katrina (45 mins) and Discussion (30 mins) ...Lori Peek
 3:00 p.m.Break
 3:15 p.m. Importance of Problem Definition (15 mins) and Discussion (30 mins) ...Rebecca Morss
 4:00 p.m. Break into small groups for problem identification and discussion
 5:00 p.m.Report back on small group discussion
 5:30 p.m.Adjourn
 7:30 p.m. Group dinner at The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse ...1770 13th Street

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 (Field Trip to Fort Collins and RMNP)
  Daily theme: Real-Life Examples of the Intersection of Weather and Society
Daily Moderators: Daniel Nietfeld and Matt Kelsch
  Daily References: (1) M. Kelsch: The July 28, 1997 Fort Collins Flood (PPT slides in your red folder)
 7:15 a.m. Meet at the Golden Buff (please be on time!! We will all board and ride one bus!)
 7:30 a.m. Leave Golden Buff for Boulder Office of Emergency Management (everyone on bus)
 7:45 a.m. Arrive at Boulder Emergency Operations Center for tour/talk ...3280 Airport Rd
 9:00 a.m.Depart Boulder for Fort Collins
  • Discuss Boulder vs. Lincoln Emergency Operations Center ...Daniel Nietfeld
  • Discuss the chronology, synoptic conditions, and experiences of the Fort Collins flood the night of July 28, 1997 ...Matt Kelsch
 10:00 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 Kelsch
 11:00 a.m. Leave for site of Big Thompson flood of July 31, 1976
 11:45 a.m. Lunch at Viestenz-Smith park just above the narrows in the canyon (Silver Mine Subs)
 12:30 p.m. Reminders of the past and the current state ...Matt Kelsch
Look at tree scars from the flood and observe engineering of the river.
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 ...Matt Kelsch
Point out evidence of the flood.
Talk about Olympus dam upon arriving in Estes Park.
 2:00 p.m.Arrive at Rocky Mountain National Park
Look at the topographic replica of the park at the visitor's center and Matt will explain where Lawn Lake is ...Matt Kelsch
 2:30 p.m. Arrive at the Lawn Lake Alluvial Fan
Explain the timeline of the 1982 flood ...Matt Kelsch
Explore the rocks and waterfalls ...take photos!
 4:00 p.m.Depart for Boulder
 5:00 p.m.Return to Boulder
No organized group dinner.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010 (Foothills Lab, COMET Classroom)
  Morning theme: Perspectives from the Field
Daily Moderators: Scott Blair and Mark Widner
 Daily References:
 8:15 a.m.Arrive, get settled
 8:30 a.m. Social Media via Social Media: A Social Media Guru's Perspective ...Nate Johnson
 9:00 a.m.Discussion about social media
 9:30 a.m.

Perspectives from the Private Sector ...Holly Hassenzahl, Daniel Dix

 10:00 a.m.Discussion about the private sector
 10:30 a.m.Break
 10:45 a.m. Perspectives and Discussion from National Weather Service Forecast Offices ...Derek Deroche, J.J. Brost, Paul Iniguez, Peter Rogers, Jessica Fieux, Eric Boldt
 12:00 p.m.Lunch at Foothills Lab Cafeteria
 Afternoon theme: Partnering and Policy
 1:00 p.m. The Importance of Connecting with End Users ...Mike Chapman
 1:15 p.m. Discussion about connecting with end users
 1:30 p.m.Policy: The Gatekeeper to Change ...Ken Carey
 2:15 p.m.Discussion about policy and change
 2:45 p.m.Break
 3:00 p.m. Some Issues in Siren Policy ...Emily Laidlaw
 3:15 p.m.Sirens for Erie, Colorado: A Change in Policy ...Lauren Hill
 3:30 p.m.Discussion about sirens
 4:00 p.m.Share possible break-out group discussion ideas
 4:15 p.m.Break-out group discussions
 5:30 p.m.Adjourn
No organized group dinner.

Thursday, August 12, 2010 (Foothills Lab, COMET Classroom)
  Morning theme: Methods for and Applications of WAS*IS
Daily Moderators: Emily Laidlaw and Daniel Nietfeld
 Daily References:
 8:15 a.m.Arrive, get settled
 8:30 a.m. Critiquing a Survey: Exercise and Discussion ...Jeff Lazo and Julie Demuth
 9:15 a.m. An Overview of Qualitative and Quantitative Methods ...Jeff Lazo
 10:00 a.m.Break
 10:15 a.m. Storm Data Survey (20 mins) ...Emily Laidlaw and Roham Abtahi
 10:35 a.m. National Weather Service Seattle Survey (20 mins) ...Jennifer Chang
 10:55 a.m. Surveying Users of the National Weather Service Point-and-Click Web Page (20 mins) ...Julie Demuth, Taylor Trogdon
 11:15 a.m.Examining Weather Impacts
 11:35 a.m. Discussion about Methods for and Applications of WAS*IS
 NoonLunch at Foothills Lab Cafeteria
  Afternoon theme: Users' Needs for and Understanding of Weather Information
 1:00 p.m. Communicating Hurricane Information (30 mins) and Discussion (15 mins) ...Robbie Berg
 1:45 p.m. Communicating Hydrologic Forecast Uncertainty (30 mins) and Discussion (15 mins) ...Roham Abtahi
 2:30 p.m. WAS*IS in the Transportation Industry (30 mins) and Discussion (15 mins) ...Michael Chapman
 3:15 p.m.Break
 3:30 p.m.

Lead Times, Missed Events, and Perceived Missed Events ...Daniel Nietfeld, Scott Blair

 4:00 p.m. Group discussion on lead times, missed events, and perceived missed events
 4:30 p.m. Break for group discussions and prepare for final report-in on Friday morning
 5:30 p.m.Adjourn
 7:30 p.m. Final group celebratory dinner at Carelli's of Boulder ...645 30th Street

Friday, August 13, 2010 (Foothills Lab, COMET Classroom)
  Morning theme: Building a Sustainable Future for WAS*IS and You
Daily Moderators: Emily Laidlaw and Kenny Blumenfeld
  Daily Reference: (1) A. Schumacher, 2008: After WAS*IS Ecstasy, the Laundry: One Atmospheric Scientist's Experience
 8:15 a.m.Arrive, get settled
 8:30 a.m. Groups report in on their workshop discussions
 9:30 a.m. Discussion about how to implement ideas and collaborate on projects
 10:00 a.m.Break
 10:15 a.m. Reflecting on the Week and Moving Forward ...Julie Demuth, Daniel Nietfeld
  • How we as WAS*ISers are changing the culture
  • Building a stronger community
  • Building a WAS*IS Career
  • Strengthening and developing WAS*IS resources to serve YOU
 11:00 a.m. After the WAS*IS Ecstasy, the Laundry ...Emily Laidlaw
 11:30 a.m. Ciao Ciao and Images of WAS*IS 2010! ...Emily Laidlaw, Julie Demuth, Jeff Lazo, Toni Rosati
 Noon Lunch at the Foothills Lab Cafeteria for those who want to stay
 1:00 p.m.Adjourn WAS*IS

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