Weather and Society Watch
Weather and Society Watch is published quarterly by the Societal Impacts Program (SIP) at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) operates NCAR with support from the National Science Foundation and other sponsors.
The purpose of Weather and Society Watch is to provide a forum for those interested in the societal impacts of weather and weather forecasting to discuss and debate relevant issues, ask questions, and stimulate perspective. The newsletter is intended to serve as a vehicle for building a stronger, more informed societal impacts community.
Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of NSF or other sponsors. Contributions to Weather and Society Watch are subject to technical editing at the discretion of SIP staff.
Weather and Society Watch is available on the World Wide Web at: http://www.sip.ucar.edu/news/. Archives of WeatherZine, a previous weather impacts newsletter upon which Weather and Society Watch was modeled, are available on the Web at http://sciencepolicy.colorado.edu/zine/archives/.
All aspects of the U.S. public sector, along with the nation’s economy, are directly and indirectly affected by weather. Although the economic impacts of weather and weather information on U.S. economic agents have been loosely documented over the years, no definitive assessments have been performed, and information generated from the previous studies is difficult to located and synthesize.
The Societal Impacts Program (SIP), initiated in 2004 and funded by NOAA’s U.S. Weather Research Program (USWRP) and NCAR, aims to improve the societal gains from weather forecasting. SIP researchers work to infuse social science and economic research, methods and capabilities into the planning, execution and analysis of weather information, applications, and research directions. SIP serves as a focal point for developing and supporting a closer relationship between researchers, operational forecasters, relevant end users, and social scientists concerned with the impacts of weather and weather information on society. Program activities include primary research, outreach and education, and development and support for the weather impacts community.