Ms. Emily K. Laidlaw
National Center for Atmospheric Research
PO Box 3000, Boulder, Colorado 80307
Emily Laidlaw is an associate scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. She works in the Societal Impacts Program (SIP) within the Institute for the Study of Society and Environment (ISSE) and the Research Applications Laboratory. Her research involves the value of current and improved weather information, with an emphasis on economic sectors' sensitivity to weather. Ms. Laidlaw also manages SIP's collection of community information resources, which include Weather and Society Watch, a quarterly newsletter focusing on societal impacts, weather, and weather forecasting; the Societal Impacts Discussion Board, which invites discussion of societal impacts by researchers, policy makers, and members of the general public; the Extreme Weather Sourcebook, a database of societal statistics for extreme weather events; the Societal Aspects of Weather Web site, a clearinghouse of online societal impacts resources; and the Digital Library on Societal Impacts, a Web-based library of research findings related to the societal impacts of weather and the use and value of weather forecasts. She also designs and maintains SIP's Web site Ms. Laidlaw is also an organizer of, and was a 2006 summer participant in, Weather and Society*Integrated Studies (WAS*IS), a grass roots movement to effect change within the weather enterprise by fully integrating social science into meteorological research and practice. She provides ongoing support for WAS*IS by maintaining the WAS*IS Web site, working to integrate WAS*IS participants and projects, and planning logistics and curriculum for upcoming workshops. Ms. Laidlaw has an M.A. degree in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a B.A. degree in environmental studies from the University of Rochester.