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NCAR Societal Impacts Program Vision, Mission, and Goals

Vision: To improve the societal gains from weather information by infusing social science research, methods, and applications throughout the weather enterprise.

Mission: To be the premiere focal point for integrating social science and societal impacts understanding into the weather enterprise through cutting-edge research and capacity building.

Goals: The SIP's overarching goal is to help society benefit from current and emerging forecasting capabilities by integrating social science into weather research and applications. The SIP endeavors to:

  1. Advance knowledge on the socio-economic impacts of weather and the communication, use, and value of current and improved weather information.
  • Synthesize current knowledge across multiple disciplines
  • Conduct multi-disciplinary, multi-method research in these areas resulting in high-quality research knowledge, publications, and presentations
  • Foster research collaborations and efforts to identify and resolve research gaps
  1. Build a multi-disciplinary, multi-stakeholder community of researchers and practitioners engaged in developing and applying knowledge on societal aspects of weather information.
  • Organize and support community-building activities and resources (e.g., Weather and Society * Integrated Studies , conference sessions)
  • Sustain forums and resources for interested researchers and practitioners to exchange and foster knowledge (e.g., Weather and Society Watch , Societal Impacts Discussion Board, webinars)
  1. Enhance social science aspects of policy-making, development, and use of related weather information
  • Foster and participate in decision making processes of weather-related information organizations, boards, committees, and working groups
  • Disseminate research findings to inform the integration of social sciences into policy-making, operations, and applications of weather information services
  • Support activities and organizations integrating social science and societal aspects of weather impacts and weather information