A Meeting Announcement On A Symposium “Improving Commerce and Reducing Deaths and Injuries through Innovative, Weather-Related R&D And Applications for the Surface Transportation System”

Dr. Renee A. McPherson Associate Director of the Oklahoma Climatological Survey alerted me to this meeting, which fits into the recommendation on Climate Science that we need to better recognize and reduce our vulnerability to weather and climate threats (e.g. see). The meeting information is;

“You are cordially invited to the 3rd National Surface Transportation Weather Symposium (3NSTWS) to be held July 25-27, 2007, at the Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner, Vienna, Virginia. The theme for this symposium is: Improving Commerce and Reducing Deaths and Injuries through Innovative, Weather-Related R&D and Applications for the Surface Transportation System. Please click here to see a preliminary agenda, and click here to access background information for the 3NSTWS. The 3NSTWS is sponsored by the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Meteorological Services and Supporting Research and the Federal Highway Administration.

The goals of the conference are to provide a forum for members of the surface transportation operations, research, and user communities to work together to enhance collaboration and partnerships to improve surface transportation weather products and services for those individuals who use, operate, and manage America’s surface transportation infrastructure by:

Enhancing understanding of social / economic benefits derived from the increased use of improved surface transportation weather and climate information

Reviewing, validating, and prioritizing surface transportation weather research and development needs

Defining and prioritizing the products / services needed to support the surface transportation community

Providing recommendations for the weather and surface transportation communities on the way ahead to meet the needs, using attendee input / feedback

Providing information on surface transportation weather and climate activities to enhance decision-making processes

We expect the conference will be attended by federal, state, and local agencies and federal laboratories; transportation operators and planners (highways, railroads, transit, marine, airport ground operations, and pipelines); industry, governmental and professional associations (transportation, meteorological, other non-transportation); non-transportation users of surface transportation weather services (e.g., insurance, emergency response); universities and other academic institutions; public and private weather service and information providers, consultants, and equipment suppliers; and social scientists, geographic information scientists, economists, risk communication specialists, human factors experts, urban planners, and sociologists.

Please register for the 3NSTWS by clicking here. The conference fee is $125.00. The cutoff date for symposium registration is July 13, 2007. NOAA employees will be able to register online, but will not be able to pay online. Please contact Christina Bork at christina.bork@noaa.gov or 301-427-2002 for payment.

Please reserve your hotel room, if needed, by contacting the Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner, Vienna, Virginia. Room reservations must be made by July 13, 2007. You may call the Sheraton Premiere at (703) 448-1234, or make reservations through the Sheraton national reservation number: 1-800-325-3535. We have reserved a block of rooms under 3rd NSTWS. The rate is $162.00 per night. This is the Government Per Diem rate. Please click here for more detailed information.

Exhibitors: We invite you to showcase your hardware, software, and service capabilities at the 3rd NSTWS. This is an excellent opportunity to increase your agency’s or company’s profile and exposure, as well as to showcase and promote your products and services. Opportunities for exhibit spaces are available on a firstcome, firstserve basis. Please click here to get complete details on exhibitor opportunities.

Please consider giving this e-mail wide distribution within your agency and with anyone else you believe would benefit from attending this symposium. We look forward to seeing you at the 3NSTWS in July 2007.

Sincerely,
Samuel P. Williamson
Federal Coordinator for Meteorology”

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