December 2021 Report on Priorities for Weather Research

The updated report on Priorities for Weather Research (PWR) has been approved by the NOAA Science Advisory Board (SAB).

The charge to the PWR Study Team – approved by the NOAA SAB on 15 March 2021 – is to “evaluate and provide the information necessary to prioritize potential government investments in a requirements-based framework to advance the United States’ weather research and forecasting capabilities over the next decade.” Well-informed weather, water, and climate decisions can drive economic prosperity and reduce the toll of extreme weather on the lives and livelihoods of millions of Americans every year. Improved knowledge and awareness of the weather, and weather forecasts, will lead to better decisions, fewer lives lost, greater economic prosperity and a more climate and weather resilient nation. The PWR Report provides guidance on the research and forecasting investments that will enable these improvements, which are crucial for our national welfare.