Commission Weather, Water, and Climate Enterprise


Terms of Reference

Vision: Ecological Forecasts developed through public, private and academic partnerships are used to inform natural resource managers and health decision makers in the United States and abroad. This is a growing area of concern and importance, yet, this community is in its early phases.  The Committee on Ecological Forecasting Committee will facilitate dialogue amongst all sectors of the community.


Mission:  To develop an ecological forecasting approach which engages and expands collaboration among federal, state, academic, private, and local partners and natural resource and public health decision makers and that will enable heretofore unrealized integration of physical data with biological data.  Ideally, this will lead to multi-agency, collaborative ecological forecasts, air and water quality modeling, and economic predictions of significant interest and value to natural resource managers, public health officials, and the general public.


Committee Structure:  The six (6) to fifteen (15) Committee members will serve three year terms with extensions in some cases, possible to ensure proper rotations.  The Chairs or Co-Chairs will also serve three year terms.  Usually, the Committee will have two Co-Chairs, ideally one from the physical science side and one from biological or decision-making communities. 


Roles and Responsibilities:  Primary responsibilities of the Committee include the facilitation of discussions of the following (or other additional appropriate areas):



Meeting Frequency:   Committee meetings/forums will be held at least once per year at the AMS Annual Meeting.  Workgroup meetings will be held as necessary in order to meet workgroup deliverables and milestones.


Committee Membership:  The Committee will be comprised of select AMS Boards and Committees, drawing from Health and Environment, Modeling, Seasonal to Inter-annual, and will explore collaboration with Broadcast Meteorologists and others as appropriate.  The committee will include governmental (federal, state, local, international) academic, public health, private and non-governmental partners.

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