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U professor helps U.S. set weather research priorities

Atmospheric sciences professor Zhaoxia Pu is a member of NOAA's Science Advisory Board.

Zhaoxia Pu, professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Utah and member of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Science Advisory Board, is a part of the team that recently published a report on priorities for U.S. weather research. The report aims to provide recommendations to Congress on prioritizing federal investments in the weather research and forecasting enterprise over the next decade.

As a member of the report’s Core Executive Study Team, Pu helped provide expert advice for a broadly collaborative team including more than 150 subject matter experts and senior leaders.

The report, available in full here, was commissioned by the U.S. Congress and organized by the NOAA Science Advisory Board and had three pillars: Observation and data assimilation, forecasting and information delivery.

The full report, titled “A Report on Priorities for Weather Research” includes 11 priority areas, 33 recommendations, 102 critical actions and 10 immediate first steps.

Prof. Zhaoxia Pu participated in this year-long working group during 2021. She has been a member of the NOAA Science Advisory Board since June 2021. Her other Science Advisory Board activities include recently chairing a panel to review Princeton University’s Cooperative Institution for Modeling Earth System with NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory.