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The HIWeather Book: “Towards the Perfect Warning”

HIWeather is working with Springer publishers to bring out a book that summarises current and emerging good practice in the production and communication of weather-related warnings. Titled “Towards the perfect warning: bridging disciplinary gaps through partnership and communication”, the book aims to take a whole-system approach, emphasising the essential role of partnership in delivering the information needed for the user to make critical decisions. The book is aimed primarily at emergency management professionals, including those in weather services and related environmental protection bodies who contribute to the production of warnings. It will also provide a valuable pedagogical resource for those studying or training in disaster risk reduction. The structure of the book is built around the five “valleys of death” in the HIWeather warning chain concept (see Zhang et al, 2019, Increasing the value of weather-related warnings, Science bulletin, 64, 647-649 http://hiweather.net/Uploads/ue/file/20190723/1563869466819765.pdf). The book consists of:
1 Introduction
2 Early warning systems & their role in disaster risk reduction
3 From warning to decision/action - a partnership of communicators and decision-makers – turning a message into a protective action
4 From impact forecast to warning - a partnership of scientists and communicators - turning information into an actionable message
5 From hazard to impact - a partnership of physical and social scientists – observing and modelling impacts that result from weather-related hazards
6 From weather to hazard – a partnership of physical scientists in connected disciplines – observing and modelling weather-related hazards
7 Bridging the fifth valley – a partnership of observation scientists with forecasters – observing and modelling the weather
8 End-to-end partnerships – linking the whole chain together to reduce the impact of weather-related hazards
The writing of each chapter is being led by a coordinating author, and there are currently 47 contributing authors. A first complete draft was discussed in detail on day 3 of the HIWeather workshop in December, and the chapter teams are now working to finalise their chapters.

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