Weather, Climate, and Society

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Weather, Climate, and Society (WCAS) publishes research that encompasses economics, policy analysis, political science, history, and institutional, social, and behavioral scholarship relating to weather and climate, including climate change. Contributions must include original social science research, evidence-based analysis, and relevance to the interactions of weather and climate with society.

Since many authors of WCAS papers are from social science disciplines, for which funding is generally more limited than in the physical sciences, the AMS Council has eliminated page charges for this journal.

2017 Impact Factor: 2.033 (#41 in Meteorology and Atmospheric Science1)

Submission Types

  • Articles: Up to 7500 words (approximately 26 double-spaced pages), including the body text, acknowledgments, and appendixes. The word limit does not include the title page, abstract, references, captions, tables, and figures. If a submission exceeds the word limit, the author must provide a justification for the length of the manuscript and request the Chief Editor’s approval of the overage. This request may be uploaded in a document with the "Cover Letter" item type or entered in the comment field in the submission system.
  • Reviews: Synthesis of previously published literature that may address successes, failures, and limitations. Requires Review Proposal. For more information, see Review Articles.
  • Comment and Reply Exchange: Comments are written in response to a published article and should be submitted within 2 years of the publication date of the original article (although the editor can waive this limit in extenuating circumstances). The author of the original article has the opportunity to write a Reply. These exchanges are published together. 

Editors and Staff Contacts

Chief Editor

Henry Huntington, Huntington Consulting


Walker S. Ashley, Northern Illinois University

Susan Cutter, University of South Carolina

Carla Roncoli, Emory University

Shubhayu Saha, National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Associate Editors

Heidi Cullen, Princeton University

Kristine Harper, Florida State University

Grete K. Hovelsrud, Center for International Climate and Environmental Research—Oslo

Vladimir Jankovic, University of Manchester

Maria-Carmen Lemos, University of Michigan

Detlef Sprinz, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Elke U. Weber, Columbia University

Peer Review Support Staff

Andrea Herbst, Assistant to Henry Huntington

Tiffany Bischoff, Assistant to Shubhayu Saha

Erin Gumbel, Assistant to Susan Cutter and Carla Roncoli

Chris Ziebarth, Assistant to Walker S. Ashley

Production Staff

Mark E. Fernau, Lead Technical Editor
Kristin Gilbert, Lead Copy Editor
Sheila Gafvert, Author Submission Support

1 2017 Journal Impact Factors by Clarivate Analytics. Ranking out of 86 journals in the Meteorology and Atmospheric Science category.