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Weather and Highways Forum Description
Structure of the forum:
The forum will take place over a two-day period in early November 2003 in Washington DC. It will consist of three panel presentations, each designed to stimulate a period of general discussion among all participants to answer the focus questions with the objective of developing a set of findings and recommendations. The Forum will conclude with a final discussion among all participants to develop general findings and recommendations that will be included in the forum report.
• Present and near-term potential in applying weather information to improve the highway system. The panelists will review recent reports and activities (OFCM, NRC, FHWA) & public-private-academic sector roles and capabilities.
• Public (federal, state, local) and industrial development of strategies and plans to effectively respond to weather information. The panelists will consider technological, economic, legal, and administrative issues.
• Policy issues in implementing effective application of weather services to the management of the nation's highway system. The panelists will discuss the policy needs to clarify roles, responsibilities, and funding involved in implementation of response strategies (i.e., federal, state, local coordination; public-private sector cooperation; political considerations; and regulatory and equity issues)
OUTCOME OF THE FORUM
At the conclusion of the forum, a decision will be made as to whether a more in-depth study of particular policy issues should be undertaken prior to finalizing the recommendations. A report of discussion highlights, findings, and recommendations will be drafted by AMS staff and circulated to every participant for review and suggested changes. The final report of the forum, including the results of any further policy studies, will be given wide circulation. All of the Forum documents will be placed on the AMS web site. The report and recommendations will be transmitted to the appropriate Administration officials, House and Senate Leadership, and relevant Congressional Committees. Following the distribution of the report, appropriate policy makers will be briefed on the recommendations. An article that summarizes the Forum findings and recommendations will be published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society that is provided to every member of the Society.