|Assesses events that cause hydrologic disasters (droughts, floods, hurricanes, mudslides, etc.) and how they are similar and different in terms of data collection, warnings, and public safety.
|Reviews practices, technologies, and tools available to collect high-quality hydrologic data that are the basis for warnings sent out to protect life, property, and the environment.
|Modeling & Analyses
|Supports and advances the techniques used to describe and predict the life-cycle of a hydrologic event. This would include decision support systems.
|Hazard Communication & Public Awareness
|Supports information technology systems used to relay hydrologic forecasts and warnings along with the educational products created to ensure that what is being communicated to the public is truly being understood correctly and leads to the proper action needed. New social media tools will certainly be a focal point.
|Standards & Guidance
|Researches, compiles, and develops best practices and protocols to be used when operating a hydrologic warning system.
Technical Working Group:
ALERT2TM protocols - David Haynes, Chair
|Training & Professional Development
|The creation of an educational and certification program for operators of hydrologic warning systems. This would cover all facets of hydrologic warning.
|Plans and organizes the NHWC conferences that incorporate the technological aspects of all the above, with special focus on the training of hydrologic warning system operators, field personnel, and staff hydrologists involved in data analyses, forecasts, and warnings.