The Weather And Society *Integrated Studies (WAS*IS) Program: yesterday, today, and tomorrow
This presentation provides a brief background history of WAS*IS, and then highlights some of the most significant ongoing research and capacity building efforts for which WAS*IS is most widely known. The discussion of these ongoing efforts includes evidence of significant elements of culture change that are currently underway. Attention will then turn toward looking at the future of WAS*IS beyond the workshops that have been the core effort to date. Future directions will focus on
(1) developing new ways to most effectively implement the WAS*IS mission to empower relevant stakeholders both nationally and internationally;
(2) creating mechanisms to foster healthy and sustained collaboration between involved WAS*ISers, officials, researchers and others; and
(3) suggesting ways to expand WAS*IS efforts to include a new education and outreach component.
These and other future initiatives will be carried out via a combination of additional more specialized workshops, professional presentations/papers, and enhanced internet venues such as webinars and "on line" forums. The need for sustained funding to support the proposed initiatives and programs will also be stressed.