61st Interdepartmental Hurricane Conference

The Nation’s Hurricane Program: An Interagency Success Story
March 5-9, 2007
New Orleans, LA

61st Interdepartmental Hurrican Conference Summary (pdf - 37 KB)

61st IHC Booklet/Program (pdf - 1.6MB)

Opening Session
  • Welcoming Remarks
Colonel Terry J. Ebbert, USMC (Ret.)
Director of Homeland Security, City of New Orleans

  • Opening Remarks/Introduction
Mr. Samuel P. Williamson
Federal Coordinator
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  • Keynote Address
VADM Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr., USN (ret.)
Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere/
NOAA Administrator

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  • Special Remarks on behalf of Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco
Brigadier General Hunt Downer
Assistant Adjutant General, Louisiana National Guard

Panel: Interagency Strategic Research Plan for Tropical Cyclones - A View from the Top
Moderator: Dr. Robert Serafin, NCAR Director Emeritus
  • Dr. Richard Spinrad, Assistant Administrator for Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, NOAA
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  • Dr. Jack Kaye, Associate Director for Research, Earth Science Division, NASA Headquarters
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  • Dr. Stephan Nelson, Program Director, Physical and Dynamic Meteorology, NSF
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  • Mr. William Curry, Deputy Technical Director, Oceanographer of the Navy
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  • Mr. X. William (Bill) Proenza, Director, Tropical Prediction Center/National Hurricane Center, NOAA/NWS

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Session 1: 2006 Hurricane/Typhoon Season in Review
  • Overview of the 2006 Atlantic Hurricane Season
Richard D. Knabb (TPC/NHC); and D. Brown
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  • 2006 Eastern North Pacific Hurricane Season Summary
Richard J. Pasch (TPC/NHC); and E. Blake
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  • Atlantic and Eastern North Pacific Forecast Verification
James L. Franklin (TPC/NHC)
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  • Overview of the 2006 Central North Pacific Tropical Cyclone Season
James Weyman (CPHC); and A. Nash
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  • A Review of the Joint Typhoon Warning Center 2006 Tropical Cyclone Season
Edward M. Fukada (JTWC)
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  • 53 WRS 2006 Hurricane Season Reconnaissance Summary
Lt Col Rich Harter (53 WRS)
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  • NOAA Aircraft Operations Center (AOC) 2006 Season Summary and Future Plans

James D. McFadden (NOAA AOC); and J. Parrish

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Session 2: Workshop: Interagency Strategic Research Plan for Tropical Cyclones: The Way Ahead  
  • Dr. Paul D. Try, Senior Vice President, Science and Technology Corporation
  • Mr. Mark Welshinger, OFCM
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  • Dr. Frank Marks, HRD
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  • Dr. Ramesh Kakar, NASA
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  • Dr. Naomi Surgi, NCEP
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  • Dr. Richard Hodur, NRL-Monterey
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  • Dr. Isaac Ginis, University of Rhode Island

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Session 3: Observations and Observing Strategies, Part 1
  • Double (Concentric) Eyewalls in Hurricane Katrina at Landfall: A Key to the Storm’s Huge Size and Devastating Impact over a Three-State Coastal Region
Keith G. Blackwell (Univ. of South Alabama); and P. Fitzpatrick,
C. Velden, and T. Wimmers
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  • Texas Tech University’s Rapid Deployment Surface Observing System
Ian M. Giammanco (Texas Tech University); and J. Schroeder and B. Hirth
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  • Observations of the Coastal Oceanic Response to Hurricane Ivan: Implications for Hurricane Intensity Change
Lynn K. Shay (RSMAS/UM); and G. Halliwell and W. Teague
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  • Status of Transitioning the SFMR from Research to Operations on the WC-130J
Lt Col Jonathan Talbot (53 WRS)
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  • Toward an Integrated Air-Sea Real-Time Airborne Observing System for Landfalling Hurricanes
Peter G. Black (HRD); and J. Gamache, E. Uhlhorn, E. Walsh, P. Chang, I. Popstefanija, J. Carswell, A. Goldstein, and R. Lumpkin
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  • CIMSS Satellite Consensus (SATCON) Tropical Cyclone Intensity Estimation Algorithm

Derrick Herndon (CIMSS); and C. Velden)
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Session 4: Observations and Observing Strategies, Part 2
  • Mobile Ground-Based Observations of Landfalling Hurricanes: Current Capabilities and Future Plans
Kevin Knupp (Univ. of Alabama/Huntsville); and W. Peterson and D. Cecil
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  • NASA High-Altitude Precipitation/Wind Radars for Hurricane Research
Gerald Heymsfield (NASA/GSFC); and L. Li, J. Carswell, D. Schaubert, and J. Cretico
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  • Potential Applications of the Proposed Phased Array Doppler Radar on the NSF/NCAR C-130 in Hurricane Reconnaissance
Wen-Chau Lee (NCAR); and J. Vivekanandan, E. Loew, and J. Moore
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  • The Operational Impact of and Future Requirements for Satellite Ocean Vector Winds in Tropical Cyclone Analysis
Michael J. Brennan (TPC/NHC); and R. Knabb, P. Chang, J. Sienkiewicz,
Z. Jelenak, and K. Schrab
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  • Development of the Hurricane Imaging Radiometer (HIRAD) Using a Systems Engineering Approach
Robbie Hood (NASA/MSC); and R. Amarin, M. Bailey, P. Black, M. James,
J. Johnson,L. Jones, B. Lim, C. Ruf, K. Stephens, and V. Rohwedder
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  • Baseline Instruments for the GOES-R Series: Providing Major Improvements to Hurricane Observations

Thomas M. Renkevens (NESDIS); and J. Gurka, T. Schmit, and M. DeMaria
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Session 5: Modeling and Forecasting Intensity, Structure, Sea State, and Track: Prospects for the 2007 Season and Beyond, Part 1
  • Advanced Hurricane Prediction at NCEP’s Environmental Model Center: The Operational Implementation of the HWRF
Naomi Surgi (NCEP)
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  • Transition of GFDL Hurricane Prediction System to HWRF: A JHT-Funded Project
Morris A. Bender (GFDL); T. Marchok, I. Ginnis, B. Thomas, and R. Tuleya
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  • Hurricane Model Transitions to Operations at NCEP/EMC: A JHT-Funded Project
Robert E. Tuyela (NCEP); and S. Gopalkrishnan, V. Tallapragada,
Y. Kwon, and N.Surgi
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  • Ocean Initialization System for Coupled Hurricane-Ocean Models and its Transition to HWRF
Isaac Ginis (University of Rhode Island); and R. Yablonsky
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  • Evaluation of the Simulated Oceanic Response to Hurricane Ivan in Comparison to High-Quality Ocean Observations
George R. Halliwell (RSMAS/UM); and L. Shay and W. Teague
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Poster Session  
P01 Application of TRMM Multi-Satellite Precipitation Analysis and MODIS Aerosols to Hurricane Studies
Scott A. Braun (NASA/GSFC)
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P02 Verification of the National Hurricane Center’s Atlantic and Eastern Pacific Tropical Weather Outlooks
Daniel P. Brown (TPC/NHC); and J. Rhome
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P03 Introduction of an Inundation Analysis of Hurricanes Ivan, Dennis, and Katrina
Kathleen Egan (NOS/CO-OPS); and L. Huang and L. Fenstermacher
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P04 NOS Storm Surge Partnership Project: Improving Gulf Coast Storm Surge Modeling, Tools, and Methodologies
Jesse Feyen (NOS); and F. Aikman, D. Marcy, E. Myers, J. Woolard,
S. White, L. Dingerson, and J. Towers
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P05 A Comparison of COSMIS, AIRS, Terra, and Aqua Temperature and Moisture Profiles against Dropsondes in 2006 Atlantic Tropical Cyclones
Pat Fitzpatrick (Mississippi State University); and Y.Lau, S. Bhate, and C. Hill
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P06 The HRD Hurricane Field Program - 2006 and 2007
John Gamache(HRD); and J. Dunion, J. Cione, and E. Uhlhorn
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P07 Contributions of Satellite Microwave Data to Hurricane Research and Operations
Kyle Hilburn (Remote Sensing Systems); and C. Gentemann,
D. Smith, and F. Wentz
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P08 Improvements in QuikSCAT Near-Real-Time Wind Processing Implemented at NOAA/NESDIS
Zorana Jelenak (NESDIS); and P. Chang and M. Brennan
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P09 The University of South Alabama Center for Hurricane Intensity and Landfall Research
Systke K. Kimball (Univ. of South Alabama); and P. Black, N.Surgi, and J. Proni
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P10 Structure and Evolution of Rainfall in Modeled Hurricanes at Landfall
Systke K. Kimball (Univ. of South Alabama)
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P11 Introducing the CIRA/NESDIS – Regional and Mesoscale Meteorology Branch Tropical Cyclone Web Page
John A. Knaff (NESDIS/ORA); and M. DeMaria, A. Krautkramer,
B. Sampson, and G. Goni
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P12 A GIS Analysis of Radar and Surface Wind Data from a Landfalling Hurricane
Corene Matyas (University of Florida)
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P13 Visualizing the Temporal and Spatial Extent of Hurricane Storm Surge
Brian McCallum (USGS); and Marge Davenport (presenting) B. McGee,
C. Berenbrock, and R. Mason
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P14 Implementation of Data Validation Algorithms in the Operational SFMR
Ivan PopStefanija (ProSensing, Inc.); and M. Goodberlet,
A. Goldstein, and P. Black
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P15 Operational Measurement of Hurricane Surface Waves
Ivan PopStefanija (ProSensing, Inc.); and P. Black
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P16 Surface Water and Flood Monitoring of Landfalling Hurricane Precipitation Using Airborne Passive Microwave Technology
Courtney R. Radley (University Space Research Association); and
F. LaFontaine, R. Hood, and J. Mels
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P17 A New Tropical Cyclone Formation Product: Operational Implementation for the Atlantic and Eastern Pacific in 2006 and Extension to the Western N. Pacific in 2007
Andrea B Schumacher (CIRA); and M. DeMaria, J. Knaff,
A. Irving, and N. Merckle
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P18 West African Dust Outbreaks and the Relationship with North Atlantic Hurricane Activity
Amato Evan (CIMSS); and C. Velden, and A. Heidinger
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P19 Probabilistic Hurricane Forecasts for Risk Management
Thomas Nehrkorn (Atmospheric and Environmental Research, Inc.); and R. Hoffman
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Session 6: Modeling and Forecasting Intensity, Structure, Sea State, and Track: Prospects for the 2007 Season and Beyond, Part 2
  • Diabatic Digital Filter Initialization for Tropical Cyclone Model Forecasting
Chi-Sann Liou (NRL-Monterey)
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  • Prediction of Consensus TC Track Forecast Error and Correctors to Improve Consensus TC Track Forecasts
James S. Goerss (NRL-Monterey)
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  • Performance of the ECMWF High-Resolution Global Model and its Impact on Consensus during the 2006 Northern Hemisphere Season
Michael Fiorino (TPC/NHC)
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  • Operational Implementation of an Objective Annular Hurricane Index
Andrea B. Schumacher (CIRA); and J. Knaff, T. Cram, M. Demaria, and J. Kossin
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  • A Technique to Predict the Extratropical Transition of Tropical Cyclones
Elizabeth A. Ritchie (University of Arizona); and J. S. Tyo and O. Demirci
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  • Understanding Wind/Wave Forcing of the St. Johns River

Scott C. Hagen (University of Central Florida); and Y. Funaksohi and A. Cox
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Session 7: Damaging Winds, Precipitation, and Storm Surge: Physical and Socioeconomic Impacts of Landfalling Storms
  • Hurricane Damages 1900 to 2005 – Why Do the Losses Keep Going Up?
Roger Pielke Jr. (University of Colorado); and Chris Landsea (presenting) and J.Gratz
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  • Interagency Coordination in Hurricane Wind and Storm Surge Hazard Reduction
John Gaynor (NOAA/OAR)
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  • Storm Surge/Flooding Disaster Mitigation
Joseph W. Swaykos (University of Southern Mississippi)
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  • Barrier Island Failure during Hurricane Katrina
Asbury H. Sallenger, Jr. (USGS); and C. Wright and J. Lillycrop
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  • NOAA’s Response to Hurricane Impacts on Ports, Harbors, Navigation Channels and the Surveying for Debris and Hurricane Hazards that Pose a Risk to Commercial Fishing, Shrimping, and Recreational Boating
Tim Osborn (NOAA Office of Coast Survey); and E. Martin, P. Fink and C. Moegling
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  • Using GIS to Map the Impacts of Marine Debris Left in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina

Brendan M. Bray (NOS)
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Session 8: Research to Operations: The Latest on the Joint Hurricane Testbed and Future Plans
  • Joint Hurricane Testbed (JHT): 2006 Update
Jiann-Gwo Jiing (TPC/NHC); and C. Landsea and S. Murillo
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  • Development and Implementation of NHC/JHT Products in ATCF
Charles R. (Buck) Sampson (NRL-Monterey)
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  • Assimilating Moisture Information from Global Positioning System (GPS) Dropwindsondes into the NOAA Global Forecast System
Jason P. Dunion (HRD); and S. Aberson
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  • Verification of the Monte Carlo Tropical Cyclone Wind Speed Probabilities: A Joint Hurricane Testbed Project Update
John A. Knaff (NESDIS/ORA); and M. DeMaria and C. Lauer
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  • Tropical Cyclone Wind Radii Estimation Utilizing an Empirical Inland Wind Decay Model
John Kaplan, (HRD); and M. DeMaria, N. Carrasco, and J. Dunion
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  • VORTAC—A Utility to Deduce Central Pressure and Radius of Maximum Wind of Landfalling Tropical Cyclones Using WSR-88D Data
Wen-Chau Lee (NCAR); and P. Harasti and M. Bell
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  • Mapping of Topographic Effects of Maximum Sustained Surface Wind Speeds in Landfalling Hurricanes
Craig Miller (Univ. of Western Ontario)
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  • Operational SFMR-NAWIPS Airborne Processing and Data Distribution Products
James Carswell (Remote Sensing Solutions); and P. Chang, T. Mavor,
P. Black, and E. Uhlhorn
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  • Improved Statistical Intensity Forecast Models: A Joint Hurricane Testbed Project Year 2 Progress Report
Mark DeMaria (NESDIS/ORA); and J. Knaff and J.Kaplan
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  • Eastern Pacific Ocean Heat Content Estimates for SHIPS Forecasting
Lynn K. Shay (RSMAS/UM) and J. Brewster
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  • Statistical Hurricane Intensity Prediction Scheme with Microwave Imagery (SHIPS-MI): Results from 2006
Daniel J. Cecil (Univ. of Alabama/Huntsville
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  • Drag Coefficient Distribution and Wind Speed Dependence in Tropical Cyclones

Mark D. Powell (HRD); and Frank Marks (presenting)
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Conference Banquet
  Banquet Address: Mr. John M. Barry, Best-Selling Author, 2006 Abel Wolman Lecturer about Hurricane Katrina, and Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Center for Bioenvironmental Research of Tulane and Xavier Universities

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Presentation of the Richard Hagemeyer Award

Mr. Charles J. “Charlie” Neumann--2007

Dr. Joanne Simpson--2006
Dr. Frank D. Marks, Jr.--2005
53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron--2005 Special
NOAA's Aircraft Operations Center--2005 Special
Mr. Max Mayfield--2004
Mr. Chris Velden--2003
Prof. Russell Elsberry--2002

Session 9: Decision-making Products and Services
  • The Automated Tropical Cyclone Forecast System (ATCF): An Interagency Success Story
Stephen Barlow (JTWC) and Chris Sisko (TPC/NHC)
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  • Long-Term Trends in National Hurricane Center Watches and Warnings
Mark DeMaria (NESDIS/ORA); and J. Franklin
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  • When Hurricanes Strike: Interagency Requirements for Agricultural Assessments
Brad Rippey (USDA)
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  • Operational Tropical Cyclone Wind Speed Probability Products
Richard D. Knabb (TPC/NHC)
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  • Exploring the Concept of a Graphical Tropical Weather Outlook
Jamie R. Rhome (TPC/NHC); and D. Brown
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  • NOAA’s Seasonal Hurricane Forecasts: Climate Factors Influencing the 2006 Season and a Look Ahead for 2007

Eric Blake (TPC/NHC); and G. Bell, M. Chelliah, T. Kimberlain, C. Landsea,
R. Pasch, and S. Goldenberg
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 Session 10: Workshop: Hazard Risk Reduction through Stronger Partnerships and Alliances  
  • Mr. Bryan Norcross, Director of Meteorology, WFOR, CBS4,
    Miami, Florida
  • Mr. Kenneth Graham, Chief, Meteorological Services Division, Office of
    Climate, Weather, and Water Services, NWS
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  • Mr. Michael Buckley, Deputy Director, Mitigation Division, FEMA
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  • Ms. Marge Davenport, Associate Regional Executive, USGS
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  • Dr. Steve Lyons, Tropical Weather Expert, The Weather Channel
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  • Mr. Walt Dickerson, Director, Mobile County Emergency Management

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Final Plenary Session
  • WG/HWSOR: Action Item Review
Dr. Edward Rappaport (Chairperson, WG/HWSOR)
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  • Interagency Strategic Research Plan for Tropical Cyclones: The Way Ahead
Dr. Paul D. Try (OFCM/STC)
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  • Hazard Risk Reduction through Stronger Partnerships and Alliances
Dr. Betty Hearn Morrow (OFCM/STC) and Ms. Naomi Moye (OFCM/STC)
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  • Final Wrap-up
Mr. Samuel P. Williamson, Federal Coordinator
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