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.

Learn the Ropes

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

Understanding the Water Landscape of the United States
Understanding the Water Landscape of the United States

Understanding the water landscape of the United States: A review of science and policy recommendation

March 2016

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Policy Activities at the AMS Annual Meeting
Policy Activities at the AMS Annual Meeting

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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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Earth Observations, Science, and Services
Earth Observations, Science, and Services

Earth observations, science, and services (Earth OSS) inform and guide the activities of virtually all economic sectors and innumerable institutions underlying modern civilization. This AMS Policy Program memo describes Earth OSS and illustrates how Earth OSS are a fundamental component of efforts to meet basic human needs including food, shelter, energy, health and safety. At the same time, the opportunities for societal benefit from Earth OSS are increasing.

Congressional Science Fellowship
Congressional Science Fellowship

The AMS Congressional Science Fellowship makes it possible for one scientist to spend a full year in the U.S. Congress working on science policy issues. 

We are now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Congressional Science Fellowship. February 1 Application Deadline

Climate Science Day on Capitol Hill
Climate Science Day on Capitol Hill

20-21 March, 2017
The purpose of the visits is to provide Members of Congress the best possible access to scientific information on climate science when making policy decisions. This non-partisan event, organized by the Climate Science Working Group (CSWG), does not subscribe to any particular policy or course of action. Apply today!

Climate Change--The Basics
Climate Change--The Basics

As a public issue, climate change boils down to four overarching findings: 1) climate is changing, 2) people are causing climate to change, 3) human caused climate change poses serious risks to society, and 4) we have numerous options for managing climate change risks.