J1.1 Taking Social Science to the Next Level...a Community Comes Together

Tuesday, 12 January 2016: 11:00 AM
Room 255/257 ( New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center)
Jennifer Sprague, NOAA/NWS, Silver Spring, MD; and J. Cortinas Jr., K. E. Klockow, and V. Brown

Achieving a Weather-Ready Nation will require a deeper understanding of the nature-society interface, inspiring NOAA to continue to build its social and behavioral science (SBS) capacity. While meaningful organizational change takes time, several activities have reached a point of maturity that active engagement and input is being sought from the entire weather enterprise. In particular, the newly-formed NOAA Social Science Committee has launched initiatives of relevance to the AMS weather & climate community that will form the basis of this talk. These activities include a Social Science Vision & Strategy, a review of literature in risk communication and decision sciences with attendant white papers summarizing key issues, cross-line funding opportunities, a planned SBS webinar/training series, a forthcoming National Academies Study, and more. We strongly encourage feedback from researchers, practitioners, and the private sector as we continue to develop this capacity.
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