Date: March 10, 2015
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
5625 Oakbrook Parkway
Norcross GA 30093
From the beginnings of the National Weather Service in 1870, known then as the United States Weather Bureau, GIS has been inherent in forecast activities whether the participants in these activities knew it or not. From composing weather maps to layering radar features, aspects of GIS offered themselves nicely to this discipline. Despite this, the National Weather Service and its parent agency the Department of Commerce have been slow to take advantage of all the benefits a full GIS integration can provide. This presentation will touch on these slow beginnings and then detail the rapid advances made within the last 5 years within the agency. These include going from basic implementation of layered webmaps for situational awareness to now implementing an integrated weather gridded database with the latest in GIS technologies to provide for tiered decision support services for a widely varied customer base.
Biography: Jason Deese, NOAA
Jason Deese is a lead forecaster with the National Weather Service in Peachtree City, GA where he serves as Severe Weather and GIS focal point. After completing many of his core classes in his home state of North Carolina at NC State University and UNC Charlotte, Jason completed his meteorology degree at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, FL while also obtaining a minor in Aviation Management in 1998. This was also his first involvement with the National Weather Service, serving as a student volunteer with the Melbourne office. This served him well as he was recruited by NetJets Aviation in Columbus, OH for his first job out of college in 1999 as an aviation meteorologist. After serving such high profile clients as Tiger Woods and Warren Buffett(who eventually bought the company), it was off to begin his National Weather Service Career with an intern position in Jacksonville, FL. After brief stints in Birmingham, AL and Tampa, FL, it was back to Jacksonville where he was a journeyman forecaster from 2003 to 2010 and served as Aviation and GIS focal point. At the Peachtree City office, current interest and energy is being devoted to utilizing a gridded database to create triggered notifications to core partners while leveraging the emerging capabilities of GIS.
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