Weather and Emergency Management Decision Support


Weather has a significant impact on society and the economy. Understanding weather is critical to decisions about evacuations, allocation of resources, school and business closures, water resource management and disease contaminant efforts. However, there are currently few decision support systems through which science-based weather information from the National Weather Service is effectively communicated to inform emergency management decisions.

RENCI, in collaboration with NOAA and the National Weather Service, is combining its experience in data management and environmental and disaster research with East Carolina University’s human geography and social science expertise to develop prototypes of an extensible, dynamic system to incorporate weather and climate information into the emergency management decision-making processes. Such a system is envisioned to enable effective communication and to better protect lives and property during both sudden and prolonged weather events. The prototypes will demonstrate how collaborative technologies can facilitate knowledge exchange and situational understanding among weather forecasters and emergency managers at emergency operations centers and in the field.


  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • National Weather Service

RENCI Project Team

  • Ken Galluppi, project leader
  • Jason Coposky
  • Brian Etherton
  • Jeff Heard
  • Ray Idaszak
  • Jessica Losego
  • Lisa Stillwell


  • National Weather Service Office of Science and Technology
  • NWS Office of Climate, Water, and Weather Service
  • NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research
  • East Carolina University
  • Granville County, NC, divison of emergency management
  • UNC Chapel Hill department of computer science


Institute for the Environment


National Weather Service Taps RENCI to Explore Decision Support Services for Weather Emergencies