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

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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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 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.

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AMS Community Synthesis on Geohealth
AMS Community Synthesis on Geohealth

This American Meteorological Society Policy Program study synthesizes input from the AMS community on the various connections, gaps, and opportunities at the intersection of health, geoscience, and the Earth system.

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What's it Worth? Four Perspectives on the Valuation of the Weather, Water, Climate Enterprise
What's it Worth? Four Perspectives on the Valuation of the Weather, Water, Climate Enterprise

Valuation is critical to decision making at all levels. The set of studies synthesized here can contribute to a common understanding how value can be enhanced and communicated within and outside of the weather, water, and climate enterprise.

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Actionable Scientific Assessments for the Energy Sector
Actionable Scientific Assessments for the Energy Sector

Understanding, accounting for, and communicating weather and climate variables is critical for the planning and optimization of the energy system. This puts increasing pressure on the scientific community to provide the right information to meet the key decision-making needs of the energy sector. This American Meteorological Society (AMS) Policy Program study is the second of two pilot projects on the provision of actionable information for decision-making through the tailored and targeted assessment of weather and climate science.

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Framework for the Advancement of Inclusion, Equity, and Justice in the Weather, Water, and Climate Enterprise
Framework for the Advancement of Inclusion, Equity, and Justice in the Weather, Water, and Climate Enterprise

The weather, water, and climate (WWC) enterprise provides science and services critical to the future of society. Making these sciences and services truly inclusive and beneficial to all people is necessary to ensure that they are impactful, meaningful, and ethical. Here, we present a set of principles, actionable steps, and metrics to support and outline a shift towards a more inclusive, equitable, and just culture within and beyond the enterprise.

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The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 and What Members of Congress Should Know About Climate Science

A letter to congressional staff as the House of Representatives considers the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022.

Managed Retreat: An Introduction and Exploration of Policy Options
Managed Retreat: An Introduction and Exploration of Policy Options

Managed retreat is a tool for community adaptation to repeated environmental threats that involves the physical relocation of people, structures, and infrastructures away from areas exposed to repeat hazards. In this study, we introduce and explore managed retreat as an adaptive strategy to climate hazards with the goal of identifying the policy options for enacting managed retreat and exploring these policies’ strengths and limitations.

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