13 September 2010

AMS CCS Meeting, September 13, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT Telecon
In attendance:  Ed O'Lenic, Chuck Hakkarinen, John Dutton, Bob Cohen, Holly Hartmann, Caitlin Simpson

Ed:  I am placing the notes from prior meetings onto the Committee's web page.  This will help to preserve the corporate memory.
Ed:  Phil Pasteris is interested in the committee.  Also suggested have been Dan Furgeson and Jim Angel.
Ed:  We need to get going on the webinar
JAD:  We need to get someone to speak who has actually used decision support.  E.G., capital expense decisions.
Holly:  Bridge designs in the NW.  But, this is not on-going operations.  e.g., how to be more flexible in making decisions.  Choosing one leaves out many others.
Ed:  Real-world experience is valuable in the extreme.
JAD:  I was thinking of power company operations.
Chuck:  Duke Power uses heat and severe storm information.
Ed:  I know someone from Duke Power.  I can contact them and suggest that they speak on this kind of thing, rather than power trading. 
Chuck:  I suggest Nick Keener, Ronald N. Keener nick.keener@duke-energy.com at Duke Power.  Also, some western hydropower utilities might use this.
JAD:  We had Bonneville Power speaker at Penn State.  Everybody in this business has to commit 24 hours in advance on what they can deliver.  There must be someone in business schools who do this.
Holly:  Ag sector is another place where climate information is used in decision-making.
Caitlin:  Are we more interested in general or specific information.  Florida ag extension has used climate information.  NC has used it.  RISA has worked with Duke Power to use drought info.  Do we look at extension or private.  In the West, Southern Nevada Water Authority.
Ed:  I wanted to stimulate discussion about who should do Decision Support. LSU,
Chuck:  Rice U., Houston has a center that collaborates with local govt., and businesses to respond to weather threats to the Houston area.  This is an operational center.  SSPEED - Severe storm prediction   hydrology.rice.edu 
JAD:  How quantitative is the information they put out?
Chuck:  Don't know.
JAD:  We need to distinguish between subjective and automated decision support.
Holly:  That's a good idea.  Automated systems are often more appropriate for certain kinds of decision support and not others.
Caitlin:  Carolina RISA is a good possibility.  I will contact them.
JAD:  I could do what I presented at AMS.  The separation is quite clear.  There is a question about what is, the proper role of the government?
Caitlin:  There is a gap in terms of the federal government working with state and local governments.  There are several different options.  1.  Might have how govts work together on public issues, vs. 2.  Decision support to clients.
JAD:  I would be glad to set the stage.  Fair weather model.  Decision models will play an increasing.
Holly:  Marc Waage - straddling private sector.  Denver Water.  Water Utilities Climate Alliance.  Different approaches for decision support. 
Caitlin:  Denver Water and others have used both public and private services.  Riverware - CADsWest from Colorado State.
Holly:  I am aware of these.
Caitlin:  I will see if I can find some possible names
Ed:  Thanks to everyone.  I will try to contact a couple of more people to speak, along with JAD, at a webinar in mid to late October on Decision Support, and get back to you all within a week or so.
End of Meeting.