Meeting Organization

    If you would like to provide a presentation, please contact Cliff Mass.

 Day 1: Thursday, 11 December

 8:30 AM Welcome.  Introduction.  Purpose of Meeting.

 Session 1:  Current Status

 8:40-9:10         Review Talk:  Overview of regional NWP in the U.S.

 9:10-10:15       Presentations  (15 minutes each) on local NWP efforts and regional data collection/assimilation efforts.  Includes private sector regional prediction.

 10:15-10:45     Break

 10:45-12:00     Additional presentations on local NWP efforts.

 12:00-1:00       Lunch

 Session 2:  What are the Potential Advantages/Disadvantages of  Regional NWP?  How should it be organized?

 1:00-2:00         Invited Presentations: 15 minutes each

                         NWS Perspective

                         Military Perspective

                         University Perspective

                         Private Sector Perspective

 2:00-2:30         Group Discussion

 2:30-3:00         Break

 Session 3: Regional Mesoscale Data Collection

 3:00-3:30         Review by Walt Dabberdt of the comments/findings from the mesoscale data workshop on the role of regional efforts.

 3:30-4:15         Presentations on regional data collection efforts (e.g., Washington, Oklahoma, MesoWest)

 4:15-4:30       Discussion

Session 4:  Modeling Issue Impacting Regional NWP

4:30-5:00        Two presentations

5:00-6:00         Icebreaker and Reception
Day 2: Friday, 12 December

Session 5:      WRF Status and Its Applicability to Regional NWP

8:30 - 9:00    WRF status review
9:00 - 9:15     Explicit prediction of convection using WRF:  Results from BAMEX.  Chris Davis, NCAR.

 Session 6: Specific-Issue Breakout Groups

 9:15  -11:55      Participants can circulate among groups (30 minutes at a time, 4 sessions, 5 minute breaks between).  The chairman of each group remains and will summarize the views.

 Group 1:  What is the optimal relationship between regional NWP and national centers?  How does should they be connected with the USWRP?

 Group 2:  How should regional centers be managed and funded?  How can their permanence and viability be enhanced?  How should they relate to the private sector?

 Group 3:  What should be included in a regional NWP center?  Should there be a research component?  How should they relate to local communities and users? Should they include other
 types of environmental prediction models?

 Group 4:  Regional observing challenges.  The role of local data collection and data assimilation.

 There will be coffee between the second the third time slots  (10:25-10:55)

 11:55-1:00       Lunch

Session 7:  Summary and Conclusions

 1:00-2:40         Session Chair Reports (15 minutes presentation, 10 minute discussion)

 2:40-3:00         Break

 3:00- 4:00        Plenary Discussion of major issues.  Should we recommend regional prediction?  What are our major conclusions?  What should be the next steps? Writing responsibilities for workshop report.