Researchers in a Weather Ready Nation: Integrating Across Sectors

Wed, Apr 10, 12:00 pm
126 Barnard Hall
Speaker Name: 
Tanja Fransen
National Weather Service
Weather Forecast Office - Glasgow

Tanja Fransen is the Meteorologist-in-Charge with the NOAA/National Weather Service's Glasgow Weather Forecast Office in Glasgow, MT, leading a talented team that provides weather, water, and climate services to northeast Montana.  She was the Warning Coordination Meteorologist there for 15 years prior to her current role, where she built relationships across government, the private sector, academia and media, and created educational and outreach programs. Impacts, decision support, and a Weather-Ready Nation were her focus long before they became goals in strategic plans.   

In 2005, she was accepted as a fellow to the original NCAR Weather and Society*Integrated Studies (WAS*IS) program.  This workshop greatly influenced her career as it connected the operational, research and social science fields in ways that are now helping shape how the weather enterprise communicates hazards and risk. The experiences and connections from the workshops gave her opportunities to influence changes in decision support not just locally, but across the NWS and within the weather enterprise.

Fransen has served on the NOAA Education Council and the NWS Networking and Mentoring Committee, and she co-led the NWS Skywarn program.  She currently serves on the council of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and is the chair for the AMS Board on Enterprise Strategic Topics.  She was the chairperson for the AMS Committee on Emergency Management, member of the AMS Board of Societal Impacts and has co-chaired the annual Major Weather Impacts session at the annual meeting for the past 12 years.  She is a member of the Montana Disaster and Emergency Services Association, the Glasgow Levee Committee and is the former Chairperson for the Montana Emergency Alert System Committee.

She received her bachelor’s degree in Earth Science: Meteorology from the University of Northern Colorado in 1995, and has spent her 25-year career in the high plains. In 2014, she had the great honor of receiving the AMS Kenneth C. Spengler Award for leadership and innovation across the weather enterprise.  She’s also received the NWS Isaac Cline Award for Leadership and the NOAA Administrator’s Award in 2011 for the development of the Cold Advisory for Newborn Livestock system.  With the record snow and flood season in 2011, she was also named Montana’s “Hero for the Day” on the US Senate floor by former US Senator Max Baucus.


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