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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Who Will Make Sense of All the Data? Assessing the Impacts of Technology on the Weather, Water, and Climate Workforce
Who Will Make Sense of All the Data? Assessing the Impacts of Technology on the Weather, Water, and Climate Workforce

Rapid technological development is a powerful driver of change across the whole of society. This AMS Policy Program study explores the state of the technological landscape in WWC science and its implications for employers and employees across the public, private, and academic sectors.

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Tags: 2021, Workforce
Where Global Warming Meets Local Decision-Making: An Introduction to the Arctic Science Policy Landscape
Where Global Warming Meets Local Decision-Making: An Introduction to the Arctic Science Policy Landscape

The Arctic is one of the fastest warming places on Earth. The consequences of this warming are already felt locally and globally and are expected to intensify over the next few decades. As a result, there is great need for scientists to inform the many policy decisions related to weather, water, and climate (WWC) in the Arctic. This AMS Program study takes stock of the state of Arctic science, its organizations, and how it is linked to some of the most discussed policy issues in the Arctic.

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Tags: 2021, Arctic
Weather-Water-Climate Value Chain(s): Giving VOICE to the Characterization of the Economic Benefits of Hydro-Met Services and Products
Weather-Water-Climate Value Chain(s): Giving VOICE to the Characterization of the Economic Benefits of Hydro-Met Services and Products

This study presents the concept of the Earth system observations, science, and services (ESOSS) information value chain. Focusing on information and socioeconomic value as one approach to discussing the information process, we propose a framework for elucidating value chains called the Value of Information Characterization and Evaluation or VOICE. We present several brief case studies to illustrate different ways the value chain concept can help us understand, communicate, and enhance societal benefits of ESOSS.

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Tags: 2021, Societal benefit
Three Policies Shape Enterprise Value: Minor Adjustments Could Enhance the Societal Benefit
Three Policies Shape Enterprise Value: Minor Adjustments Could Enhance the Societal Benefit

This American Meteorological Society Policy Study examines explicitly the role that public policy plays in determining the sum societal value of Earth Observations, Science, and Services (OSS) as well as the allocation of that value and the costs of OSS production across society. It examines three policy frameworks of quite different origin, purview, and standing: the 2003 Fair Weather Report developed by the National Academy of Sciences, the 2017 Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act enacted by the U.S. Congress, and the current World Meteorological Organization development of Resolution 42.

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Tags: Societal benefit, 2022
Socioeconomic Inequality and Climate Change Hazards: A Focus on the Great Lakes Region
Socioeconomic Inequality and Climate Change Hazards: A Focus on the Great Lakes Region

This study focuses on four aspects of addressing and exploring solutions for climate change, socioeconomic inequality, and their interactions that reflect the core values, lessons, and ideas that emerged from two workshop discussions with participants from the Great Lakes Region.

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Tags: Socioeconomics, Climate change, Great Lakes, 2021
Options for Enhancing the Value of the NOAA Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador Initiative
Options for Enhancing the Value of the NOAA Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador Initiative

The Weather-Ready Nation (WRN) Ambassador™ Initiative is designed to build partnerships across the Weather, Water, and Climate Enterprise and to leverage the community reach of partners in the public, private, academic, and nongovernmental organization (NGO) sectors. This study identifies options for strengthening the Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors Initiative while holding true to its original intention: building a more resilient, responsive, and prepared American public.

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Tags: 2021, Weather Ready Nation
Meeting Coastal Information Needs through Tailored Scientific Assessment
Meeting Coastal Information Needs through Tailored Scientific Assessment

Coasts are valuable resources that support numerous ecological, social, and economic systems around the United States and the world; however, they are often at the forefront of weather, water, and climate challenges. As such, actionable weather, water, and climate information is critical to ensuring the long-term resilience of coastal communities. Through dialogues with decision makers, resilience practitioners, information providers, and other stakeholders, this study identifies key information needs for coastal resilience and assesses the state of the relevant science. 

 

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Tags: Gulf Coast, Gulf of Maine, Coastal resilience, 2021