64th Interdepartmental Hurricane Conference

Meeting Operational Needs through Comprehensive
Tropical Cyclone Research and Development
March 1-4, 2010

64th Interdepartmental Hurrican Conference Summary (pdf - 510KB)

64th IHC Booklet/Program (pdf - 1.8MB)

Opening Session
  • Welcome/Opening Remarks
The Honorable Edna Jackson
Mayor Pro Tem, Savannah, Georgia
  • Opening Remarks/Introduction
Mr. Samuel P. Williamson
Federal Coordinator
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  • Mr. William Craig Fugate
    Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA/DHS
  • Ms. Monica Medina
    Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, NOAA/DOC
Panel: The Power of Partnerships to Meet Operational Priorities

Moderator: Dr. Elbert W. (Joe) Friday, Professor Emeritus of Meteorology, University of Oklahoma
  • Dr. Ramesh Kakar, NASA Weather Focus Area Lead and Program Manager for
    Atmospheric Dynamics
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  • Dr. Fred Lewis, Air Force Director of Weather
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  • Mr. William “Kim” Curry, Deputy Technical Director, Office of the Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy
    [For RADM David Titley, Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy]
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  • Dr. Jack Hayes, Director, National Weather Service, NOAA
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Session 1: The 2009 Tropical Cyclone Season in Review
  • The Quietest Year in More than a Decade:
    An Overview of the 2009 Atlantic Hurricane Season
Robbie Berg (NHC) and L. Avila
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  • Overview of the 2009 Eastern North Pacific Hurricane Season
Todd Kimberlain (NHC) and M. Brennan
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  • 2009 Atlantic and Eastern North Pacific Forecast Verification
James Franklin (NHC)
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  • Central Pacific 2009 Hurricane Season Summary
Jim Weyman (CPHC)
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  • A Review of the Joint Typhoon Warning Center 2009 Tropical Cyclone Season
Mr. Ed Fukada (JTWC)
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  • 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron Review of the 2009 Hurricane Season
Lt Col Jonathon Talbot (53rd WRS) and Maj Kait McLaughlin
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  • NOAA Aircraft Operations Center (AOC) 2009 Seasonal Summary and Future Plans

James D. McFadden (NOAA AOC), N. Ash, J. Parrish, and P. Flaherty
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Invited Presentations
  • Mr. X. William (Bill) Proenza
    Director, National Weather Service Southern Region
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Session 2: Workshop: Assessment of the Tropical Cyclone R&D Activities in Contributing to the Operational Priorities of the Tropical Cyclone Forecasting and Warning Centers  
  • Dr. Elizabeth Ritchie, Associate Professor, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Arizona
  • Dr. Frank Marks, Co-Chair, Working Group for Tropical Cyclone Research and Director, Hurricane Research Division, NOAA/AOML
  • Mr. James Franklin, Branch Chief, Hurricane Specialists Unit NOAA/NWS/NHC
  • Mr. Robert J. Falvey, Director, Joint Typhoon Warning Center
  • Dr. Ronald Ferek, Co-Chair, Working Group for Tropical Cyclone Research and
    Program Officer, Marine Meteorology Program, ONR

Reference Material (Tables 1 and 2) for Session 2 (pdf - 41KB)

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Session 3: Workshop: Understanding Hurricane Response for Improved Stakeholder/User Reaction  
  • Mr. Max Mayfield, Senior Executive Vice President of Governmental Relations, America’s Emergency Network and WPLG-TV Hurricane Specialist
  • Mr. David Caldwell, Director, Office of Climate, Water and Weather Services
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  • Dr. Brenda Phillips, Senior Researcher, Center for the Study of Disasters and
    Extreme Events, Oklahoma State University
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  • Dr. Jeffrey Lazo, Director, Societal Impacts Program, NCAR
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  • Ms. Jenniffer Santos-Hernandez, Graduate Research Assistant, Department of
    Sociology and Criminal Justice, University of Delaware
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  • Mr. Walter S. Dickerson, President, Diversified Emergency Management
    Associates, LLC

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Session 4: Observations and Observing Strategies for Tropical Cyclones and their Environment, Part 1
  • Airborne Doppler Analysis, Quality Control, and Transmission in 2009 and 2010
John F. Gamache (NOAA/AOML/HRD)
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  • Processing Wide Swath Radar Altimeter (WSRA) Data on the Fly
Ivan PopStefanija (ProSensing) and E. Walsh
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  • SFMR Operation on the WC-130J during the 2009 Hurricane Season
Lt Col Jonathan Talbot (53rd WRS)
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  • Differences in Stepped Frequency Microwave Radiometer Measurements - Resolutions and Remaining Issues
Alan S. Goldstein (NOAA/AOC), Lt Col J. Talbot, E. Uhlhorn, I. PopStefanjia
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  • An Airborne Portable Probe Receiver/Processor System for Operational Acquisition and Transmission of Expendable Ocean Observations from WC-130J Tropical Cyclone Flights

Peter G. Black (NRL/SAIC), D. Eleuterio, J. Kerling, R. Lee, and D-S Ko

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Session 5: Observations and Observing Strategies for Tropical Cyclones and their Environment, Part 2
  • HFIP: Detecting Tropical Cyclone Formation from Satellite Infrared Imagery
Elizabeth A. Ritchie (Univ. of Arizona), M. Piñeros, J. Tyo, and S. Galvin
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  • Use of Reflected GPS to Map Wind Fields for Hurricane Genesis Applications
Stephen J. Katzberg (NASA Langley Research Center) and J. Dunion
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  • Evaluation of the Tropical Cyclone SATellite Intensity CONsensus (SATCON)
Derrick Herndon (CIMSS) and C. Velden
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  • Preparing for Improved Monitoring of Tropical Cyclones in the GOES-R Proving Ground
James Gurka (NOAA/ NESDIS), M. DeMaria, S. Goodman, and T. Schmit
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  • GeoSTAR – A Hurricane Observatory

Bjorn Lambrigtsen (NASA JPL)
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Session 6: Observations and Observing Strategies for Tropical Cyclones and their Environment, Part 3
  • Systematically Merged Atlantic Regional Temperature and Salinity
    (SMARTS) Oceanic Climatology
Lynn K. Shay (RSMAS), P. Meyers, and J. Brewster
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  • WISDOM System 2009 Proof of Concept Test Results
Justyna Nicinska (NOAA/OAR), A. MacDonald, and Y. Xie
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  • NOAA Assessment of Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Hurricane Observations
Robbie Hood (NOAA/OAR), R. Atlas, F. Marks, R. Rogers, J. Cione, M. Black, E. Uhlhorn, C. Landsea, G. Wick, N. Prive, S. Mackaro, Y. Xie, P. Hall, N. Ash, and P. Eastman
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  • Mapping Hurricane Inland Storm Surge
Brian McCallum (USGS Georgia Water Science Center), P. Conrads, C. Berenbrock, and R. Mason, Jr.
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  • Results to Demonstrate the Measurement of Surface Level Pressure using a Differential Absorption Microwave Radar

Roland Lawrence (Old Dominion University), S. Harrah, B. Lin, P. Hunt, and C. Lipp
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Poster Session  
P01 The Recent Availability of Low-Cost Radiosonde Systems and the Implications for Developing an Adaptive Sounding Network for Hurricane Prediction
Michael W. Douglas (NSSL) and J. Mejia
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P02 Development, Capabilities, and Impact on Wind Analyses of the Hurricane Imaging Radiometer (HIRAD)
Timothy L. Miller (NASA/MSFC), E. Uhlhorn, R. Amarin, R. Atlas, P. Black, W. Jones, and C. Ruf
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P03 Objective Measures to Estimate Tropical Cyclone Intensity and Intensity Change from Remotely-Sensed Infrared Imagery
Elizabeth Ritchie (University of Arizona), M. Piñeros, and J. Scott Tyo
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P04 The Potential Role of Ocean Observing System Simulation Experiments for Improving Ocean Model Initialization in Coupled Hurricane Forecast Models
George R. Halliwell (NOAA/AOML), D. Willey, J. Brewster, B. Jaimes, L. K. Shay, and R. Atlas
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P05 Analysis of 2008 Hurricane Season Test Flight Data from the Wide Swath Radar Altimeter (WSRA)
Ivan PopStefanija (ProSensing) and E. Walsh
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P06 IBTrACS Tropical Cyclone Best Track Community Survey
Paula Ann Hennon (STG, Inc.), E. Gibney, K. Knapp, M. Kruk, and D. Levinson
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P07 Sea Surface Wind Measurements from Gulfstream-IV Using GPS Reflectometry
Edward Walsh (NOAA/ESRL), V. Zavorotny, and D. Akos [Poster presented by Jian-Wen Bao (NOAA/ESRL)]
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P08 Measuring Hurricane Storm Surge in South Carolina
Paul Conrads (USGS South Carolina Science Center), A. Caldwell, and S. Brown
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P09 Examples of Ensemble Storm-Track Forecasts from the FNMOC Ensemble Forecast System
Michael Sestak (FNMOC), C. Dickerman, and B. Sampson
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P10 Validating the Ocean Model Component of Coupled Hurricane-Ocean Models
Richard M. Yablonsky (URI), I. Ginis, B. Thomas, J. Cione, G. Halliwell, E. Uhlhorn, H. Kim, C. Lozano, E. Chassignet, and H. Winterbottom
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P11 Collaborative Study of Episodic Changes to Intensity and Structure of Gulf Hurricanes
Christopher M. Hill (Mississippi State University), M. Koziara, F. Navejar, P. Fitzpatrick, and Y. Lau
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P12 Application of High Resolution Satellite Imagery to Assess Storm Tide-Related Flooding
Marouane Temimi (NOAA-CREST / The City University of New York), N. Chaouch, S. Hagen, S. Medeiros, J. Feyen, Y. Funakoshi, R. Khanbilvardi, J. Weishampel, F. Aikman III, P. Restrepo, and D. Reed
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P13 Climatological-Based Tropical Cyclone Landfall Probabilities and Average Time to Landfall
Robert E. Hart (FSU) and R. Murnane
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Session 7: Tropical Cyclone Model Development and Technology Transfer, Part 1
  • Performance of the Operational HWRF Model for 2009 Hurricane Season and Suggested Upgrades for 2010 Implementation
Vijay Tallapragada (NCEP/EMC/ SAIC), W. Lapenta, S. Lord, N. Surgi, Q. Liu, Y. Kwon, Z. Zhang, R. Tuleya, J. O’Connor, and S. Trahan
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  • Linking the HFIP Community with NCEP/EMC Operations
William Lapenta (NCEP/EMC), N. Surgi, and S. Lord
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  • Evaluation and Improvement of Ocean Model Parameterizations for NCEP Operations
Lynn K. Shay (RSMAS/UM), G. Halliwell, J. Brewster, B. Jaimes, and W. Teague
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  • Coupled HWRF-HYCOM Parallel Run Results for the 2009 Hurricane Season
Hyun-Sook Kim (NCEP/EMC), D. Iredell, C. Lozano, and the HWRF Group
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  • Impacts of Land Effects and Improvements in Modeling Landfall Using HWRF
Robert E. Tuleya (NCEP/EMC/SAIC), Y. Kwon, V. Tallapragada, Z. Zhang, Y. Wu, Q. Liu, J. O’Connor, and W. Lapenta
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  • Progress in Developing Coupled Tropical Cyclone-Wave-Ocean Models for Operational Implementations at NOAA and Navy
Isaac Ginis (URI), Y. Fan, T. Hara, B. Thomas, M. Bender, J. Bao, C. Fairall, and L. Bianco
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  • Tropical Cyclone Prediction for HFIP with COAMPS-TC

Richard M. Hodur (NRL-MRY/SAIC), S. Chen, J. Cummings, J. Doyle, T. Holt, H. Jin, Y. Jin, C.-S. Liou, K. Sashegyi, and J. Schmidt

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Session 8: Tropical Cyclone Model Development and Technology Transfer, Part 2
  • Impact of New Global Models and Ensemble Prediction Systems on Consensus TC Track Forecasts
James S. Goerss (NRL-MRY)
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  • Implementation of the New Air-Sea Exchange Coefficients(Cd/Ch) to the Operational HWRF Model and Their Impact on Hurricane Intensity Forecast Skill
Young C. Kwon (NCEP/EMC), R. Tuleya, H. Pan, V. Tallapragada, W. Lapenta, and S. Lord
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  • The HWRFX Modeling System: Recent Developments in Hurricane Structure and Intensity Forecasting Research at AOML
Frank Marks (NOAA/AOML/HRD), S. Gopalakrishnan, X. Zhang, T. Quirino, R. Rogers, and K. Yeh
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  • Simulation of Atlantic Warm Pool in the Hybrid-Coordinate Ocean Model (HYCOM)
Sang-Ki Lee (CIMAS/University of Miami), C. Wang, C. Lozano, and D. Iredell
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  • Sensitivity of the WRF-NMM Model to Physics Parameterizations at Various Vertical and Horizontal Resolutions
Jian-Wen Bao (NOAA/ESRL), S. Gopalakrishnan, and S. Michelson
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  • The Tropical Cyclone Modeling Testbed (TCMT) and its Role in the Hurricane Forecast Improvement Project (HFIP)
Barbara Brown (NCAR), L. Nance, T. Jensen, and C. Williams
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  • The Potential for Improved Tropical Cyclone Forecasts from High-Resolution Global Models--Results from the HFIP 2009 Summer Experiment

Mike Fiorino (NOAA/ESRL), J. Whitaker, and T. Hamill
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Session 9: Other Research to Improve the Prediction of Tropical Cyclone Intensity and Structure, Track, Precipitation, Coastal and Inland Inundation, Part 1
  • NASA-GRIP Field Experiment
Ramesh K. Kakar (NASA Earth Science Division)
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  • IFEX 2010: NOAA’s Plans for Hurricane Field Program Operations for the 2010 Season
Robert Rogers (NOAA/AOML/HRD)
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  • Satellite and Model Database in Support of the NASA GRIP Field Campaign and for Improved Operational Hurricane Forecasting
Svetla Hristova-Veleva (NASA/JPL), P. Li , F. Turk, B. Knosp, Q. Vu, W. Poulsen, S. Licata, B. Lambrigtsen, Y. Chao, Z. Haddad, and D. Vane
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  • NOAA’s Storm Surge Roadmap: A Coordinated Approach for Transitioning Research to Operations
Jesse C. Feyen (NOAA/NOS), M. Erickson, J. Rhome, M. Weaks, and A. Taylor
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  • The National Hurricane Center’s Storm Surge Program: A Status Update

Jamie R. Rhome (NOAA/NWS/NHC)

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Session 10: Other Research to Improve the Prediction of Tropical Cyclone Intensity and Structure, Track, Precipitation, Coastal and Inland Inundation, Part 2
  • Improved Short-Term Atlantic Hurricane Intensity Forecasts Using Reconnaissance-Based Core Measurements
Robert E. Hart (FSU) and D. Murray
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  • On the Role of the Saharan Air Layer in the Suppression of Development of a Prominent African Wave Disturbance
Scott A. Braun (NASA/GSFC)
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  • Can Aerosols Explain Hurricane Prediction Errors?
William L. Woodley (Woodley Weather Consultants), M. Clavner, and D. Rosenfeld
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  • The NHC Visiting Scientist Program
Chris Landsea (NOAA/NWS/NHC)
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  • Rapid Weakening of Non-Landfalling Atlantic Tropical Cyclones
John A. Knaff (NOAA/NESDIS) and M. DeMaria
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  • Using Geospatial Analysis Techniques to Investigate the Spatial Properties of Tropical Cyclone Rain Fields
Corene Matyas (University of Florida)
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  • Improved Near Real-Time Hurricane Ocean Vector Winds Retrievals from QuikSCAT

Peth Laupattarakasem (UCF), W. Linwood Jones, P. Chang, Z. Jelenak, E. Uhlhorn
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Conference Banquet
Presentation of the Richard Hagemeyer Award

Dr. Jim Goerss --2010

Dr. Mark DeMaria --2009
Mr. Robert Dumont--2008
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 11: Joint Hurricane Testbed Project Updates and Improved Products
  • The Joint Hurricane Testbed (JHT): 2010 Update
Jiann-Gwo Jiing (Joint Hurricane Testbed), C. Landsea and S. Murillo
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  • Enhancements to the Operational SHIPS Rapid Intensification Index
John Kaplan (NOAA/AOML/HRD), J. Cione, M. DeMaria, J. Knaff, J. Dunion, J. Solbrig, J. Hawkins, T. Lee, E. Kalina, J. Zhang, J. Dostalek, and P. Leighton
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  • Progress and Plans for the Development of a Unified Dropsonde Quality Assurance and Visualization Capability
Michael L. Black (NOAA/AOML/ HRD), C. Martin, P. Flaherty, J. Almeida, and J. Latham
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  • ATCF Requirements, Intensity Consensus and Sea Heights Consistent with NHC Forecasts
Charles R. Sampson (NRL), A. Schrader, P. Wittmann, and H. Tolman
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  • A New Secondary Eyewall Formation Index: Transition to Operations and Quantification of Associated Hurricane Intensity and Structure Changes
Jim Kossin (NOAA/NCDC), M. Sitkowski, and C. Rozoff
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  • Advanced Applications of Monte Carlo Wind Probability Model: A Year 1 Joint Hurricane Testbed Project Update
Mark DeMaria (NOAA/NESDIS), S. Kidder, R. DeMaria, A. Schumacher, D. Brown, M. Brennan, R. Knabb, P. Santos, and D. Sharp
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  • The NESDIS Tropical Cyclone Formation Probability Product: An Overview of Past Performance and Future Plans

Andrea B. Schumacher (CIRA), M. DeMaria, J. Knaff, and D. Brown
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Final Plenary Session
  • WG/HWSOR: Action Item Review
Dr. Edward Rappaport (NHC)
Chairperson, WG/HWSOR
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Workshop Wrap-up

  • Workshop: Assessment of the Tropical Cyclone R&D Activities in Contributing to the Operational Priorities of the Tropical Cyclone Forecasting Centers

Dr. Frank Marks (NOAA/AOML/HRD)
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  • Workshop: Understanding Hurricane Response for Improved Stakeholder/User Reaction
Mr. Max Mayfield
Senior Executive Vice President of Governmental Relations, America’s Emergency Network and WPLG-TV Hurricane Specialist
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  • Final Wrap-up
Mr. Samuel P. Williamson
Federal Coordinator
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