Policy Program studies and analysis expand the knowledge base on which societal decisions rest.
- 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.
- Making Communities Stronger and More Secure
This study identifies opportunities for strengthening communities with respect to weather, water, and climate.
- Toward an Integrated Approach to Water
This study synthesizes the results from three previous AMS Policy Program studies on water.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Understanding the Water Landscape of the United States
Understanding the water landscape of the United States: A review of science and policy recommendation
- Weather and Climate in the 2016 Budget
Analysis of President Obama's budget request
March 31, 2015
- A Conceptual Tool for Climate Change Risk Assessment
- 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
- Climate Change Risk Management
This study identifies potential policy responses to climate change and explores their strengths and weaknesses.
- 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.
- A Prescription for the 21st Century: Improving Resilience to High-Impact Weather for Healthcare Facilities and Services
A risk management framework to increase the resilience of healthcare facilities and services to high-impact weather events.
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- Climate Information Needs for Financial Decision Making
The implications of climate variability and change on near-term financial investments.
- Frameworks for Pricing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
A new approach to carbon pricing that emphasizes climate protection in all cases.
- Climate R&D in the 2014 Budget Request
Analysis of the President's priorities for climate science in FY-2014.
- Earth Observations, Science and Services for the 21st Century
Earth observations, science, and services (OSS) are part of our critical infrastructure – a national asset that, if lost or degraded, will not meet future societal needs that span the whole of the national agenda.