NCAR Societal Impacts Program Vision, Mission, and Goals Revised July 13, 2011
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:
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
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)
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