[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 88 (Monday, May 9, 2005)]
[Page 24395]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-9227]



National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research; External Review of 
NOAA's Hurricane Intensity Research and Development Enterprise

AGENCY: Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), National 
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce 

ACTION: Notice of solicitation for members of a NOAA hurricane 
intensity research and development enterprise review panel.


SUMMARY: The Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere has 
requested the NOAA Science Advisory Board (SAB) to conduct an external 
review of NOAA's hurricane intensity research and development 
enterprise. The SAB is chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee 
Act and is the only Federal Advisory Committee with the responsibility 
to advise the Under Secretary on long- and short-range strategies for 
research, education, and application of science to resource management 
and environmental assessment and prediction. The SAB is forming an 
external panel to conduct a review and draft recommendations that will 
lead to future generations of numerical hurricane model forecasts as 
well as improvements in operational forecasting. Nominations to the 
panel are being solicited. The intent is to select from the nominees; 
however, the SAB retains the prerogative to name people to the review 
team that were not nominated if it deems it necessary to achieve the 
desired balance. Once selected, the SAB will post the review panel 
members' names at http://www.sab.noaa.gov.

DATES: Nominations must be received by twenty-one days from publication 
of this notice.

ADDRESSES: Nominations should be submitted electronically to 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Michael Uhart: 301-713-9121, ext. 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The external review team will consist of no 
less than eight members whose expertise as a group covers tropical 
cyclone instrumentation; observations and modeling; atmospheric and 
ocean dynamics, data assimilation, and modeling; vortex dynamics; fluid 
mechanics; operational numerical environmental modeling; and forecast 
operations. The reviewers should have the following qualifications:
    1. National and international professional recognition;
    2. Knowledge of and experience with the science which supports 
NOAA's tropical cyclone research and operations;
    3. Knowledge of and experience with the organization and management 
of complex mission-oriented research and development programs;
    4. No perceived or actual vested interest or conflict of interest 
that might undermine the credibility of the review.
    It is of note here that except for qualification criteria 4, the 
criteria are not absolute requirements. The qualifications of some 
individuals are expected to be outstanding with respect to one or more 
of the criteria, so that being unqualified with respect to other 
criteria would not make them ineligible. The Terms of Reference for the 
review is posted at: http://www.sab.noaa.gov/doc/documents.html. The 
working group will prepare a preliminary report of its analysis and 
findings for the March 2006 SAB meeting and a final report, including 
recommendations, for the July 2006 SAB meeting. The working group will 
be dissolved after completing any follow-on requests by the SAB 
following the July 2006 meeting.
    Nominations: Anyone is eligible to nominate and self-nominations 
will be accepted. Nominations should provide: (1) The nominee's full 
name, title, institutional affiliation, and contact information; (2) 
the nominee's area(s) of expertise; and (3) a short description of 
their qualifications relative to the kinds of advice being solicited. 
Inclusion of a resume is desirable.

Louisa Koch,
Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Research, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
[FR Doc. 05-9227 Filed 5-6-05; 8:45 am]