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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:

Committee Structure:

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