Members Meeting 2002 Forum
Part of the UCAR University Relation Committee's charge
is to help plan for the UCAR Members Meeting. At the April
2002 URC meeting, the URC discussed the idea of holding
a Forum focused on better understanding the rapidly changing
nature of relationships among the public, private, and academic
weather and climate sectors. A URC subcommittee produced
this whitepaper (John Merrill, Mohan Ramamurthy, Jack Fellows,
and Ron McPherson and Kelvin Droegemeier). The Board of
Trustees should provide input on the proposed Forum. This
is likely to be a multiple year dialogue and will need to
be coordinated with a range of similar efforts also mentioned
How to Participate Effectively in the "New" Private,
Public, and Academic Weather and Climate Sector Partnerships
Begin a dialogue between these three sectors to (1)
understand what each is doing, (2) the constraints and
needs of each sector, and (3) what are the best ways to
work together (maybe describe a few partnerships that
are working today).
Plenary Session: Provocative speaker paints a picture
of what these relationships might be in the future based
on current directions. This would essentially get people's
attention and help them understand what is changing in
these relationships and how and why the universities need
to respond to these changes. The speaker would focus on:
are the emerging opportunities for these sectors to work
kinds of employees are needed and how can universities
best prepare students for these new careers (e.g., critical
skills, new ways to teach, etc)?
will these new relationships deal with issues like intellectual
property, tech transfer, and free and open data exchange,
conflict of interest, balancing open scholarship with
privacy, etc? Barriers?
can the government to do support or unintentionally impact
these new partnerships?
Lumsden (head of privatized New Zealand met service)
Armstrong (NRC Chairman whose committee is looking at
private sector representatives (e.g., Harry Otten or Daniel
Mahoney, NOAA Deputy Director
The Plenary speaker would be followed by a panel of
private, public, and academic speakers that would briefly
describe case studies of these evolving relationships
and report on their own experiences with the four issues
mentioned above. These speakers would have to be selected
with great care relative to the Plenary speaker. Suggested
Droegemeier volunteered to develop a case study on relevant
activities at OU.
Krider, Perry Sampson, Ray Ban, George Fredricks, Brad
Hoggart of Aquila, David Montroy of Williams, Nick Keener
of Duke Energy, Richard Larson of Mars Candy, and NCAR
Adv Council members from the private sector.
policy person like Roger Pielke, Jr to discuss this from
a public policy standpoint. Roger chaired the recent USWRP
workshop on research needs for the private sector.
a case study from other areas (e.g., biotech, biomed,
Board of Private Sector Meteorology and Committee Economic
Mahoney or Jack Kelly to discuss the government's role,
Groups. The Panel discussion would be followed by
breakout groups in the second, third, and fourth areas
mentioned above so that others can share how they are
dealing with these issues. Not clear that we need a breakout
group on opportunities. This will probably come up in
each group. Breakout groups would be lead by panelists.
The groups should also explore next steps in improving
these relationships. No presentations. Just discussion
with rapporteur capturing the discussion.
Plenary Session. Group leaders would summarize breakout
group discussion and suggested next steps in making these
relationships more productive and pervasive. This output
would be part of the BAMS article.
Activities that the Forum Will Be Coordinated With:
Heads&Chairs. The AMS and AGU Heads&Chairs
will be meeting in joint session right after the UCAR
Members Meeting. They also plan to focus on some aspect
of these relationships.
User Forum. UCAR and the AMS are exploring a Users
Forum at the AMS 2003 Annual meeting (February 2003).
This Forum will focus on successful weather and climate
information users telling other potential users in their
economic sectors (e.g., energy, agriculture, transportation,
etc) about the importance of weather and climate information.
Advocacy. UCAR and the AMS take the messages from
these Fora to the Congress in the form of briefings and
visits on how these sectors are working well together.
This advocacy effort would be in support of the FY04 budget
and designed to show that these sectors work well together
by showcasing (1) how effective the tech transfer is in
this community and (2) the importance of long-term weather
and climate research investment to our nation.
Article. The result of all or some of these activities
might be summarized in a BAMS article to make the broader
UCAR and AMS community aware of the discussion.