National Severe Storms Laboratory

Research to Operations (R2O) in NOAA: What, me worry?

Dr. Stephan Smith
Vice-Chair NOAA Line Office Transition Managers Committee
Meteorological Development Lab
National Weather Service
Silver Spring, Maryland

20 June 2014, 10:00 AM

National Weather Center, Room 1313
120 David L. Boren Blvd.
University of Oklahoma
Norman, OK




The timely and effective transition of research and development (R&D) into operations is a critical part of NOAA’s mission. Increasingly Federal agencies are being held accountable to demonstrate their ability to bring the benefits of R&D to bear on problems which affect society.
In this talk, I will examine some of the historical and current issues that impact (both negatively and positively) the transition of research and development projects to operations in NOAA. I will focus on the current set of strategies that NOAA is implementing to improve the R2O function in the agency. These strategies include both process improvement as well as capacity building. The talk will close with an overview of the Virtual Lab, a new core piece of NOAA infrastructure designed to support and improve R2O, as well as O2R.

For accommodations based on disability, or more details, please call 325-6561. All visitors without NOAA or University of Oklahoma identification must register at the registration desk on arrival. Visitor parking is available for all University visitors. However, faculty/staff/students must have a current multi-purpose parking permit. Additional parking is available at the Lloyd Noble Center (LNC) for those individuals who do not have a parking permit. You do not need a permit to park in one of 1,200 spaces reserved for CART bus riders, although you must ride the CART shuttle to park in the reserved area. This area is on the north central side of the Lloyd Noble Center. Elsewhere at the LNC, permits are required.

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