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Message from the director of the Societal Impacts Program

June 28, 2012

Given significant budget challenges in FY12 the Collaborative Program on the Societal and Economic Benefits of Weather Information (aka the Societal Impacts Program) has been undergoing significant reorganization.

We have recently been able to reinstate some of our Community Resources including the WAS*IS webpages, the Economics Primer and the discussion board.

The Societal Impacts Program Discussion Board has been reinvented as the “Weather-Society Community Discussion Board” as a community service supported by Rebecca Morss here at NCAR. See

Over time we hope to continue or reinstate efforts and resources in support of the integration of social sciences throughout the weather community.

If you have any questions you may contact Jeff Lazo at

Jeff Lazo

The Societal Impacts Program hosted the Summer 2011 Weather and Society * Integrated Studies (WAS*IS) workshop August 4-12, 2011, in Boulder, Colorado. It was the tenth-ever WAS*IS workshop. For more details about the workshop, please click here.
The July 2011 edition of Weather and Society Watch is now available! To receive future newsletters, please subscribe here.
J. Lazo and co-authors published the following paper in the June 2011 edition of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society: Sensitivity of the U.S. economy to weather variability.
The Societal Impacts Program Summer Weather and Society Webinar was held Tuesday, June 14, 2011. Dr. Jeff Lazo, the director of the Societal Impacts Program at the National Center for Atmospheric Research gave a talk entitled, “Inundation or Ignorance? Public Perception of Storm Surge Risk.” To view and listen to this webinar or past webinars, please click here.
We are always looking for contributors to the Weather and Society Watch newsletter and for the Weather and Society webinar series. Please contact Emily Laidlaw at if you are interested.
Join the Societal Impacts Discussion Board and exchange societal impacts research questions and information with societal impacts researchers, policy makers, forecasters and others interested members. The discussion board also provides a great forum for announcing journal and news articles, conferences, jobs, educational opportunities, and other opportunities. Click here to access the dicussion board.
Jason Samenow, a WAS*ISer from the 2005 workshop, was voted "Climate Change Communicator of the Year" by George Mason University.
A second quarterly WAS*IS Webinar was held Tuesday, April 13, 2010, from 11 a.m to noon MST. To view the agenda click here. To view the webinar through ReadyTalk, please click here
The Societal Impacts Program hosted a WAS*IS Caribbean workshop June 6-11, 2010, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The first WAS*IS Webinar was held on Tuesday, January 12, 2010, with approximately 60 participants. To view the agenda for the webinar, please click here. To view and listen to the webinar online, please click here.
Links to presentations by WAS*ISers at the 2010 American Meteorological Society (AMS) annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, January 17-21, are available on the AMS 2010 presentations page.
Participate in the Weather and Society Discussion Group! Click here for more information and to sign up.
An advanced WAS*IS workshop entitled Beyond Storm-Based Warnings, Communication of Probabilistic Hazard Information was held at the National Weather Center in Norman Oklahoma September 15-17, 2008. For more information about the workshop, please click here.
An article about WAS*IS, authored by NCAR's Julie Demuth, Rebecca Morss and Jeff Lazo; Eve Gruntfest of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs; and Sheldon Drobot of the Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research was published in the November 2007 edition of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS).
We are always looking for up-to-date WAS*IS news. If you would like to submit a WAS*IS news item, please click here.


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