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.

What is science policy?

Whether you're new to the policy process or looking to brush up we can help you navigate the landscape.

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How can I get involved?

If you're looking for opportunities to engage in the policy process, we've got a few opportunities to help get you on your way.

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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
Where Global Warming Meets Local Decision-Making: An Introduction to the Arctic Science Policy Landscape
Where Global Warming Meets Local Decision-Making: An Introduction to the Arctic Science Policy Landscape

The Arctic is one of the fastest warming places on Earth. The consequences of this warming are already felt locally and globally and are expected to intensify over the next few decades. As a result, there is great need for scientists to inform the many policy decisions related to weather, water, and climate (WWC) in the Arctic. This AMS Program study takes stock of the state of Arctic science, its organizations, and how it is linked to some of the most discussed policy issues in the Arctic.

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Tags: 2021, Arctic
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
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

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
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
Options for Enhancing the Value of the NOAA Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador Initiative
Options for Enhancing the Value of the NOAA Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador Initiative

The Weather-Ready Nation (WRN) Ambassador™ Initiative is designed to build partnerships across the Weather, Water, and Climate Enterprise and to leverage the community reach of partners in the public, private, academic, and nongovernmental organization (NGO) sectors. This study identifies options for strengthening the Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors Initiative while holding true to its original intention: building a more resilient, responsive, and prepared American public.

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Tags: 2021, Weather Ready Nation
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