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Louis W. Uccellini, Ph.D  

Louis W. Uccellini, Ph.D., has declared his candidacy for President of the World Meteorological Organization, or WMO.

Dr. Uccellini is the NOAA Assistant Administrator for Weather Services and Director of the National Weather Service, and is the U.S. Permanent Representative to the WMO. His decision to seek the Presidency of the WMO is a reflection on both his high standing in the international weather, water and climate enterprise, as well as the importance of U.S. policy and actions in these areas on the world’s communities.

“I am running for President of the WMO because I believe the course we set for the WMO now will determine our relevance for decades to come. I strongly believe the challenges and opportunities we face are global and must be dealt with in a spirit of partnership, a spirit that was an essential component that built the global observing and forecast systems the WMO works to sustain today, a spirit I believe can successfully carry us into the future.”
-- Dr. Louis W. Uccellini

As WMO President, Dr. Uccellini’s goal will be to further build a global system that effectively responds to the needs of WMO Members by taking taking advantage of:

  • Advances in science and technology
  • Advances in understanding of stakeholder needs
  • Evolution and growth in the broader weather enterprise
Key Focus Areas
  • Advance Science and technology:
    • Make great strides in predictive capability toward a common purpose based Earth System Science perspective
    • Embrace weather, water, and climate linkages established within the WMO “Grand Challenges” in 2010
  • Adopt and implement the new WMO Strategic Plan to advance the decision support capability of WMO Members:
    • Ensure science is strategically focused, developments are integrated into operations and service delivery, and applications derived from advances are responsive to WMO needs and that benefits are shared by all
    • Encourage strategic partnerships at all levels of the forecast process: observing systems, data processing and dissemination, forecasting, service delivery, and science and technology integration
    • Position every National Meteorological and Hydrological Service to deliver the decision support services necessary to save lives and sustain economic prosperity
  • Create a governance structure that:
    • Embraces the interdisciplinary nature of the world’s Met and Hydro Services
    • Improves efficiency, adaptability, and responsiveness to Member State needs and priorities
    • Enables Members to work more effectively with emerging components within the larger science and service enterprise, including those in the private sector