Science & Technology Services
|Rusty Billingsley (email) Division Chief (Ext. 119) (W/SR3)
Dianna Taylor (email) Admin. Support Assistant (Ext. 164)
|Science & Training Branch||Phone Extension|
|Bernard N. Meisner||Branch Chief||Ext. 121|
|Jack Settelmaier||Digital Techniques Meteorologist||Ext. 185|
|Melissa Kreller||Regional Training Officer||Ext. 153|
|Technology Infusion Branch||Phone Extension|
|Paul Kirkwood||Branch Chief||Ext. 145|
|Corey Pieper||Techniques Development Meteorologist||Ext. 122|
|Doug Gaer||Information Technology Officer||Ext. 114|
The Science & Technology Services Division is responsible for the level of meteorological science practiced at Southern Region field offices. The Division works with forecasters to ensure their forecasts and warnings are as good as the state of the science and operational technology will allow. To do that, the Division focuses its activities in three areas:
- Professional Development
The staff of the Division work closely with the Science and Operations Officers at the Warning and Forecast Offices, and the Developmental Operational Hydrologists at the River Forecast Centers. Various training and professional development activities involve arranging and conducting local workshops, providing training resources, scientific consultation, one-on-one training, and so on. The Division is also responsible for providing leadership for the Forecaster Development Program, by which new forecasters enter the NWS ranks.
- Scientific Collaboration
STS collaborates with the university community to develop closer links among forecasters and the academic and research communities to ensure those groups are aware of NWS operational capabilities and needs, and to facilitate the transfer of new techniques and technology into operational forecasting.
- Techniques Development
The Division develops new techniques and explores new ways to apply the latest technology to operational problems. Examples include developing a procedure for manually digitizing radar data, an automated warning composition program for use on personal computers, new computer-based data analysis procedures, and some of the earliest field applications of high resolution numerical weather forecast model output. All of these have become widely used by forecasters in the Southern Region, as well as nationwide.