University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations
 

September 19, 2005
Contact: Jan Blindauer, USA Office of Public Relations, (251) 460-6639, (251) 460-6211

USA Meteorologist to Address Senate Panel on Hurricane Katrina

USA meteorologist Dr. Keith Blackwell talks with local media in the Coastal Weather Research Center about testimony he will give this week before a U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing on the lifesaving role of accurate hurricane prediction and preparation.

Dr. Keith Blackwell, an associate professor of earth sciences and meteorology at USA, has been invited to testify this week before the U.S. Senate Disaster Prevention and Prediction Subcommittee of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on the lifesaving role of accurate hurricane prediction and preparation.

At the hearing, which will be held Tuesday, Sept. 20 in Washington, D.C., the committee will hear testimony on the prediction of Hurricane Katrina, how the nation can continue to accurately predict major hurricanes, and what individuals and communities can do to prepare for these storms.

Blackwell is among five experts nationwide asked to testify, including National Hurricane Center Director Max Mayfield.

The Senate committee has requested that the team of experts focus their testimonies on what resources, both scientific and observational they might suggest and what further studies are needed to continue to improve hurricane forecasts.

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