Not later than 1 year after April 18, 2017, and not less frequently than once each
year thereafter, the Under Secretary, acting through the Assistant Administrator for
Oceanic and Atmospheric Research and in coordination with the Director of the National
Weather Service and the Assistant Administrator for Satellite and Information Services,
shall issue a research and development and research to operations plan to restore
and maintain United States leadership in numerical weather prediction and forecasting
(1) describes the forecasting skill and technology goals, objectives, and progress of
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in carrying out the program conducted
under section 8512 of this title;
(2) identifies and prioritizes specific research and development activities, and performance
metrics, weighted to meet the operational weather and flood-event mission of the National
Weather Service to achieve a weather-ready Nation;
(3) describes how the program will collaborate with stakeholders, including the United
States weather industry and academic partners; and
(4) identifies, through consultation with the National Science Foundation, the United
States weather industry, and academic partners, research necessary to enhance the
integration of social science knowledge into weather forecast and warning processes,
including to improve the communication of threat information necessary to enable improved
severe weather planning and decisionmaking on the part of individuals and communities.
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