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.

Toward an Integrated Approach to Water
Toward an Integrated Approach to Water

This study synthesizes the results from three previous AMS Policy Program studies on water.

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Making Communities Stronger and More Secure
Making Communities Stronger and More Secure

This study identifies opportunities for strengthening communities with respect to weather, water, and climate.

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A Reset for U.S. Natural Hazards Policy? Lessons from Harvey, Irma, and Maria
A Reset for U.S. Natural Hazards Policy? Lessons from Harvey, Irma, and Maria

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria subjected the United States and its sovereign territory to an unexpected and unwelcome stress test. This AMS Policy Program study is based, in part, on a workshop that occurred on November 15-16, 2017 and included pre-event online discussion of key topics.

May 2018

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