Policy Program

About the Policy Program

The Policy Program promotes understanding and use of science and services relating to weather, water, and climate. Our goal is to help the nation, and the world, avoid risks and realize opportunities associated with the Earth system.

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Whether you're new to the policy process or looking to brush up we can help you figure out the landscape.

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Get Involved

If you're looking for opportunities to engage the policy process, we've got a few opportunities to help get you on your way.

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Stay Informed

Keep up on the latest policy developments and activities though our studies, Hill briefings, and engagement activities.

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News and Announcements

Water and the Coasts: Opportunity, Vulnerability, and Risk Management
Water and the Coasts: Opportunity, Vulnerability, and Risk Management

Water is simultaneously a resource and a threat. It is centrally important to every aspect of socioeconomic wellbeing and water becomes a hazard when there is too much, too little, or if the quality is poor. The opportunities and challenges posed by water are especially acute at the coasts, which are both major resources and often highly vulnerable to extreme events. Coastal communities are also particularly sensitive to changes in land use, population distributions, and climate. This memo identifies seven ways to enhance coastal risk management.

Join the AMS Policy Community
Join the AMS Policy Community

Policy choices have the greatest chance to benefit people when grounded in the best available knowledge and understanding. Join the AMS Policy Community to exchange information; learn about opportunities to engage the policy process; and organize new policy efforts.

Harnessing Science and Technology for National Benefit
Harnessing Science and Technology for National Benefit

The application of new knowledge for societal benefit is pivotal to the future of nations and global society. As described in this study, the United States has a significant opportunity to accelerate the transition of research into beneficial operations and services that serve the national interest.

January 2017

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A Reset for U.S. Natural Hazards Policy? Lessons from Harvey, Irma, and Maria
A Reset for U.S. Natural Hazards Policy? Lessons from Harvey, Irma, and Maria

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria subjected the United States and its sovereign territory to an unexpected and unwelcome stress test. This AMS Policy Program workshop will occur on November 15-16, 2017 and will include a pre-event online discussion of key topics.

Registration: Click here