The Alliance will be formally announced on January 24, 2017, at the Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society, with simultaneous announcements made by other organizations listed in Overview of the Alliance so as to emphasize the interdisciplinary nature of the community-wide framework. The associated $3 million private lead gift will be announced the following day. An Alliance web site is now being developed, which will serve as the community portal for most of the Alliance’s services, and in February, a national announcement will be issued seeking inaugural participants for the Alliance Steering Committee. The Committee is expected to be constituted in March, with the search for a Director commencing shortly thereafter.

Once the Steering Committee is in place, an initial budget and “business plan” will be developed, based upon preliminary work of the Writing Team, and attention turned toward engaging other stakeholders, including but not limited to Federal agencies, private companies, foundations, professional societies, entrepreneurs, and philanthropists.