Terms of Reference

Background: 

Recent international, national, and regional assessments, as well as recent observed trends, make it clear that the weather and climate of the twenty-first century are unlikely to be comparable to that which human and natural systems adapted during the twentieth century. Currently, global societies are struggling to address adaptation and mitigation issues related to changes in ecosystem services and socioeconomic services compounded by ongoing and projected changes in climate and weather extremes. Non-stationary (evolving) weather and climate present many scientific and service challenges. Increased predictive capabilities are becoming more critical for protecting life and property, promoting economic vitality, ensuring national defense, and enabling environmental stewardship. Weather and climate services, including communication with users of the data, data management, forecasts, projections, and education are likely to play an increasingly important role in the development of sound domestic and foreign policies, industrial and military operations, and the motivation for the emergence of new economic opportunities.

Purpose:

Promote research on, education about and awareness of the increasingly important impacts that weather and climate have on national and international security.

Goals:

Created as a committee under the AMS Commission on the Weather, Water, and Climate Enterprise (CWWCE), the CES, in conjunction with the CWWCE and AMS staff, will provide appropriate venues to engage the membership on important topics related to the intersection of weather, climate and security, and to assist in developing recommendations as to the AMS’ role in information for decision-makers.

Activities:

The Committee on Environmental Security will develop and participate in the following activities:

  • Organize activities that will support and stimulate discussion of weather, climate, and security issues and topics relevant to the weather and climate enterprise, to include appropriate venues of differing formats including workshops, special symposia, conference sessions, or online sessions to discuss and present security-related recommendations.
  • Encourage transparency by facilitating the exchange of information on security-related issues, such as national security policy, energy and food security, and population dynamics.
  • Assist with promoting security issues domestically as well as internationally.
  • Perform educational outreach activities within the AMS and between the AMS and ?other appropriate professional societies (e.g., International Studies Association).
  • Develop, as appropriate or necessary, white papers on selected areas of environmental ?security that are relevant to the weather and climate enterprise.

Committee Structure:

  • Committee members will number from six (6) to fifteen (15) and should represent the AMS membership in the academic, government, and private sectors, as well as members of our stakeholder/user community.
  • Committee members will generally serve three-year terms, and will be nominated by the ESEC Chair for approval by the Chair of the BGS and Commissioner of the CWWCE.
  • Members should strive to foster collaboration and coordination across the partner organizations with the goal of stimulating greater awareness of issues/topics where security and the weather and climate enterprise intersect. As appropriate, the ESEC will also utilize, enhance or assist in enhancing a variety of other communication mechanisms used by the AMS, such as email distributions and interactive web pages.
  • A summary report will be issued for major events, and an annual report on ESEC activities will be provided to the Chair of the BGS and Commissioner of the CWWCE.