Studies & Analysis

Policy Program studies and analysis expand the knowledge base on which societal decisions rest.

 

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

Rapid technological development is a powerful driver of change across the whole of society. 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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Tags: 2021, Workforce
Socioeconomic Inequality and Climate Change Hazards: A Focus on the Great Lakes Region
Socioeconomic Inequality and Climate Change Hazards: A Focus on the Great Lakes Region

Following on from a previous Intern Report, this study focuses on four aspects of addressing and exploring solutions for climate change, socioeconomic inequality, and their interactions that reflect the core values, lessons, and ideas that emerged from two workshop discussions with participants from the Great Lakes Region.

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Tags: Socioeconomics, Climate change, Great Lakes, 2021
Weather-Water-Climate Value Chain(s): Giving VOICE to the Characterization of the Economic Benefits of Hydro-Met Services and Products
Weather-Water-Climate Value Chain(s): Giving VOICE to the Characterization of the Economic Benefits of Hydro-Met Services and Products

This study presents the concept of the Earth system observations, science, and services (ESOSS) information value chain. Focusing on information and socioeconomic value as one approach to discussing the information process, we propose a framework for elucidating value chains called the Value of Information Characterization and Evaluation or VOICE. We present several brief case studies to illustrate different ways the value chain concept can help us understand, communicate, and enhance societal benefits of ESOSS.

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Tags: 2021, Societal benefit
The Intersection of Socioeconomic Status & Climate Change Risks & Hazards in the United States Great Lakes Region: An Intern Report
The Intersection of Socioeconomic Status & Climate Change Risks & Hazards in the United States Great Lakes Region: An Intern Report

The Great Lakes Region relies heavily on its natural resources for the majority of its industries, jobs, and income. This report explores the intersecting challenges presented by climate change and socioeconomic inequalities that impact residents throughout the region.

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Tags: 2021, Great Lakes, Socioeconomics, Climate change
AMS Community Synthesis on Climate Change Solutions
AMS Community Synthesis on Climate Change Solutions

This study provides a summary of input from the AMS community on climate change solutions. It was carried out in an accelerated time frame in response to a request from the National Science Foundation for rapid community input.

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Tags: 2021, Climate change, NSF
Societal Benefits in Weather, Water, and Climate: Understanding, Communication, and Enhancement
Societal Benefits in Weather, Water, and Climate: Understanding, Communication, and Enhancement

Humanity is experiencing a period of rapid global change that is driven by technological, societal, and environmental disruption. Meeting the challenges and opportunities associated with global change will depend on understanding, communicating, and enhancing the societal benefits of Earth system observations, science, and services.

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Tags: Earth System OSS, 2021, Societal benefit
New Minds for  New Science:  The  Forecast  for  Work  in  the  Weather, Water,  and  Climate  Enterprise
New Minds for New Science: The Forecast for Work in the Weather, Water, and Climate Enterprise

Work helps define our lives and the society we live in. This AMS Policy Program study examines workforce influences and needs for the weather, water and climate enterprise.

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Tags: 2020, Workforce
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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Tags: 2019, Resilience
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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Tags: 2018, Water management
Opportunities for Forecast-Informed Water Resources Management
Opportunities for Forecast-Informed Water Resources Management

This study analyzes how the forecasting and water resource communities could work together to improve water resource management across the United States.

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Tags: 2018, Water management
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.

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Tags: 2018, Extreme weather
Translating Advances in Forecasting to Inform Water Resources Management
Translating Advances in Forecasting to Inform Water Resources Management

Bringing together scientists and managers from across the United States, the primary goal for this workshop (April 3-4, 2018) is to identify opportunities for more effective collaboration between forecasters and water managers.

Tags: 2018, Workshop, Water management
Water and the Coasts: Opportunity, Vulnerability, and Risk Management
Water and the Coasts: Opportunity, Vulnerability, and Risk Management

Water is simultaneously a critical resource and a major threat, particularly in coastal areas. This study explores opportunities for improving coastal risk management efforts. 

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Tags: 2017, Water management
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.

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Tags: 2017, Societal benefit
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

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Tags: National, 2016, Water management
Weather and Climate in the 2016 Budget
Weather and Climate in the 2016 Budget

Analysis of President Obama's budget request
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Tags: 2015, Budget request
A Conceptual Tool for Climate Change Risk Assessment
A Conceptual Tool for Climate Change Risk Assessment

We develop a new conceptual tool to explore the potential societal consequences of climate change.
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Tags: 2014, Article, Climate change
Research to Operations Survey
Research to Operations Survey

This eight question survey is designed to solicit feedback based on your professional experience of how the research-to-operations process works within the weather, water, and climate community

Tags: Survey
Climate Change Risk Management
Climate Change Risk Management

This study identifies potential policy responses to climate change and explores their strengths and weaknesses.
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Tags: 2014, Climate change
How to Deal with Climate Change
How to Deal with Climate Change

Climate Change is a complex and contentious public issue, but the risk-management options available to us are straightforward and have well-characterized strengths and weaknesses, as described in this article in Physics Today.

Tags: 2014, Article, Climate change