Terms of Reference

Purpose:  The purpose of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Commission on Weather and Climate Enterprise’s Board on Enterprise Communication is to facilitate communication on current and future issues of importance on the weather, climate and water interest segments that concern members from the public, private and academic sectors.  The board operates on the assumption that open, thoughtful communication can assist in identifying appropriate roles for the public, private and academic sectors and assist in developing partnerships and collaboration as appropriate.  The board further believes that agreed external communications managed in coordination with the CWWCE Commissioner to the public and decision makers is appropriate and helpful in strengthening the role of the weather, water and climate enterprise to benefit society.

Premise:  The BEC operates on the assumption that the combined services of the public, private and academic sectors provide critical services to the country and the world.  In addition, the BEC operates on the following premises:

  • The weather, water and climate services provided by the joint efforts of the public, private and academic sectors are critical to public safety, the health of the planet and the economic success of the country and the world;
  • Weather, water and climate services will become more important over time, as the infrastructure of the world becomes more complex and interdependent;
  • That the individual roles of the public, private and academic sectors are appropriately constrained by legal principles as developed over the decades; and that these roles of the public, private and academic sectors are continually changing to meet the ever changing needs of the country and the world of issues related to weather, water and climate;
  • Open and frank communication among members will allow for effective response to the changing needs of the community;
  • Appropriate collaboration on issues will allow for the development of a weather, water and climate services of unparalleled excellence for the country and the world;
  • Planning jointly to address changing and future needs will result in effectiveness and efficiencies in delivering services;
  • Differing opinions on issues are welcome and accepted.  Identification of common ground, honesty and respect will allow for effective co-existence.
  • The BEC welcomes membership not only to persons who work in atmospheric science that further the goals of the Society but also to those with a general interest in the science and its applications.


  • Six (6) to fifteen (15) Committee members represent the AMS membership in the academic, government, and private sectors with roughly equal representation, as well as members of our stakeholder/user community.
  • Committee members will generally serve three-year terms, and will be nominated by the BEC chair for approval of the Commissioner of the CWWCE
  • Members should strive to foster understanding and collaboration across the sectors with the goal of increased understanding of perspectives and developing consensus views on the best ways for the community to move forward.
  • Special effort will be made to encourage participation of under-represented groups, including, early career professionals, women, minorities and students.
  • The Chair of the BEC, in consultation with the CWWCE Commissioner may replace members who are inactive for more than six months.


  • The BEC organizes and plans the content for the AMS Summer Community Meeting, accepting input and suggestions from all sources.  The BEC may reach out to the full AMS community for volunteers to work on the Summer Community Meeting.  The BEC may suggest venues for the AMS Summer Community Meeting, with the final decision to be made by the AMS staff.  The BEC may also suggest dates, with input from the CWWCE’s Executive Committee and AMS staff.
  • The BEC will organize, in coordination with the AMS Policy Program, efforts to educate public policy decision makers on the importance of the public, private and academic sectors within the AMS.
  • The BEC will organize appropriate venues that will serve to bring together the meteorological community to learn about, discuss, and provide input concerning issues of interest to the community.  Venues may take a wide variety of formats, including workshops, web casts, special symposia, and conference sessions, depending on the nature and time-sensitivity of the topic to be discussed.
  • The BEC will also conduct outreach activities to help identify user needs and promote the capabilities of the meteorological community.
  • The Chair of the BEC will communicate on all activities to the CWWCE through the annual meeting, and on the regular meetings of the CWWCE’s Executive Committee.

Sub-Committees:  The BEC, in order to put special focus on individual topics, may create committees, in conjunction with the CWWCE Commissioner, to assist in focused communication on topics of interest to the weather, water, and climate enterprise.  These committees may be standing committees, lasting indefinitely, or may be dissolved after a period of time. 

Member on sub-committees will be proposed by the sub-committee chair and approved by the Chair of the BEC with final approval from the CWWCE Commissioner.  Membership on sub-committees will be for a period of three years and should include representatives from the public, private and academic sectors with a broad perspective of weather, water and climate expertise.