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Successful Workshop for 'Integrating Ocean Observations to Improve NOAA’s Hurricane Intensity Forecasts'
Jessica Mkitarian
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Successful Workshop for 'Integrating Ocean Observations to Improve NOAA’s Hurricane Intensity Forecasts'

NOAA’s Global Ocean Monitoring and Observing Program, along with U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) and Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML), recently held the virtual workshop "Integrating Ocean Observations to Improve NOAA’s Hurricane Intensity Forecasts." This workshop brought together leaders in the observational and modeling communities to discuss ways to improve integration, coordination, and communication across NOAA ocean observing and modeling activities as it relates to hurricane intensity forecasting. Attendance averaged 115 participants, and up to 150 each day. Presentations from the workshop can be found here, and a workshop report is currently being drafted. This workshop was a great example of cross line office collaboration and engagement within NOAA. In addition to leadership representation from GOMO, AOML, and U.S. IOOS,  keynote presentations provided representation from NOAA's National Weather Service and Office of Marine and Aviation Operations. Participants represented a suite of offices, programs, labs, etc. within NOAA, as well as external partners (e.g., U.S. Navy, Naval Research Laboratory, Rutgers University, University of Washington, and many more!). This workshop was an important step in progressing coordination to improve extreme event forecasting. Stay tuned for next steps!

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