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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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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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.

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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The Radio Frequency Spectrum and Weather, Water, and Climate: Uses and Challenges
The Radio Frequency Spectrum and Weather, Water, and Climate: Uses and Challenges

The weather, water, and climate community relies on the radio frequency spectrum for two vital functions: (1) to observe the earth (e.g., with satellites, weather radars, and wind profilers) and (2) to transmit data about the earth system to meteorologists, hydrologists, emergency managers, and other scientists throughout the country. These uses of radio frequencies benefit a wide range of social and economic sectors by supporting operational services that protect life and property and by helping advance scientific understanding of the earth system. 

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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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.