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Hurricane Symposium at LSU Sponsored by Risk Management Solutions

CONSTRUCTING A DIGITAL HURRICANE: FIELD RECCONAISSANCE AND RESEARCH AT LANDFALL

January 5-6, 2009 • Baton Rouge, LA

Since the late 1990s, university field research programs have deployed  monitoring equipment to characterize and document hurricanes at landfall. With few exceptions, these programs have operated independently.  For the first time, the research programs responsible for collecting wind, storm surge, wave and damage data will convene to discuss in-field coordination and the production of real-time data streams. The goal of this symposium is to mesh these independent deployment activities to form organized campaigns that produce integrated datasets in real-time.

Data producers and users, both in the public and private sector, have been invited to the symposium to share information about their research and operational means and requirements.

SYMPOSIUM INFORMATION

Date and Time: 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM Monday, Jan 5, 2008 and 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Tuesday, Jan 6, 2009

Location: Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

Meeting Venue: Germano Center, Room 2412, Patrick F. Taylor Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803, which may be found on the campus map:

http://www.lsu.edu/campus/maps/CEBA02.html

Hotels: Information to follow

Airports: Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) and Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport (BTR)

Organizers: Forrest Masters, Assistant Professor, University of Florida, masters@ce.ufl.edu, (352) 392-9537 and Marc Levitan, Director, LSU Hurricane Center, levitan@hurricane.lsu.edu, (225) 578-4445

REGISTRATION

Attendees must contact Forrest Masters (masters@ce.ufl.edu) via email to register for the event by no later than December 12, 2008. A limited amount of seats are available.  At this time, a registration fee is not being assessed.

SPONSORED BY RISK MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS, INC.

 

Monday, January 05, 2009

REFRESHMENTS

7:00 AM - 7:30 AM

OPENING

7:30 AM - 7:35 AM Opening. Marc Levitan, Director, LSU Hurricane Center

7:35 AM - 7:40 AM Welcome. TBD, LSU Administrator

7:40 AM - 8:00 AM Overview. Forrest Masters, Assistant Professor, University of Florida

INSTRUMENTED TOWERS

8:00 AM - 8:15 AM Sticknet and WEMITE. John Schroeder, Associate Professor, Texas Tech University

8:15 AM - 8:30 AM Florida Coastal Monitoring Program. Kurt Gurley, Associate Professor, University of Florida

8:30 AM - 8:45 AM LSU Field Program. Marc Levitan, Director, LSU Hurricane Center

8:45 AM - 9:00 AM Hurricane Mesonet. Jay Titlow, Weatherflow

8:45 AM - 9:00 AM WINDX. Paul Rockett, RMS

BREAK

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

RADARS AND SODARS

9:15 AM - 9:30 AM Primer on Radar / Sodar Principles. TBD

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM Shared Mobile Atmospheric Research and Teaching (SMART) Radars. Mike Biggerstaff, Professor, University of Oklahoma

9:45 AM - 10:00 AM Doppler on Wheels. Josh Wurman, Director, Center for Severe Weather Research

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM TTUKa Radars. John Schroeder, Associate Professor, Texas Tech University

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM Mobile Integrated Profiling System. Kevin Knupp, Professor, University of Alabama at Huntsville

SURGE AND WAVE MEASUREMENTS

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM Offshore Measurements. Andrew Kennedy, University of Notre Dame

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM Onshore Measurements. TBD (Charlie Bemas, Ben McGee, Bob Mason), USGS

LUNCH AND EQUIPMENT TOUR

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

GROUND, AERIAL, SATELLLITE AND LIDAR ASSESSMENTS

12:00 PM - 12:15 PM Comprehensive Surveys. Tim Reinhold, VP of Engineering, Institute for Business and Home Safety

12:15 PM - 12:30 PM Comprehensive Surveys. Pat Welsh, Associate Professor, University of North Florida

12:30 PM - 12:45 PM Rapid Surveys. Forrest Masters, Assistant Professor, University of Florida

12:45 PM - 1:00 PM Aerial Imagery. Arn Womble, Adjunct Professor, Texas Tech University

1:00 PM - 1:15 PM LIDAR and Aerial Imagery. Abby Sallenger, USGS

1:15 PM - 1:30 PM Satellite and Aerial Imagery. Ronald Eguchi, ImageCat

1:30 PM - 1:45 PM Combined Wind/Flood Damage Scale, Carol Friedland, Instructor, LSU Hurricane Center

BREAK

1:45 PM - 2:00 PM

US HURRICANE WARNING PROGRAM

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM Operational Forecasting. Jack Beven, Senior Hurricane Forecaster, National Hurricane Center

2:15 PM - 2:30 PM Weather Forecast Offices and Local Decision Support. Dave Sharp, Science Operations Officer, Melbourne Weather

Forecast Office

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM Reconnaissaince Aircraft. TBD, NOAA Hurricane Research Division

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM State and Federal Recovery Operations. John Ingargiola, FEMA

WIND FIELD MODELING

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM Parametric Wind Field Modeling. Peter Vickery, Applied Research Associates

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM Surface Wind Field Analysis (H*Wind). Mark Powell, Atmospheric Scientist, NOAA Hurricane Research Division

3:30 PM - 3:45 PM Wind Field Modeling, Kim Court and Roberta Mantovani, RMS

BREAK

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM

DEPLOYMENT STRATEGY SESSIONS

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

 

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

REFRESHMENTS

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

CYBER-BASED TECHNOLOGIES

8:00 AM - 8:15 AM VORTEX-Winds: A Virtual Organization for Reducing the Toll of Extreme Winds on Society, Ahsan Kareem, Professor,

University of Notre Dame

IMPACT ASSESSMENT

8:15 AM - 8:30 AM Standardized Loss Allocation System for Wind/Water. Michael Young, RMS

8:30 AM - 8:45 AM Insurance. Eric Haefli, Research Administrator, Building Technology Research Unit, State Farm Insurance

8:45 AM - 9:00 AM Reinsurance. Federico Weisman, Executive Director, Reinsurance Group, Goldman Sachs

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM Combined Insurance/Reinsurance Industry Integration of Real-time Measurements. TBD, Weather Predict, Inc.

9:15 AM - 9:30 AM FEMA MAT Team. Scott Tezak, Project Manager, URS Corporation

BREAK

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

DEPLOYMENT STRATEGY SESSIONS

9:45 AM - 11:00 AM

SUMMARY PRESENTATIONS

11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

CLOSING REMARKS

11:50 AM - 12:00 PM

ADJOURN: 12:00 PM

 

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