Panel Discussion 2 Federal Agency Budgets for Weather, Water, and Climate: A Guide to Current Proposals and Recent Shifts

Monday, 8 January 2018: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Room 6B (ACC) (Austin, Texas)
Host: 13th Symposium on Societal Applications: Policy, Research and Practice
Paul Higgins, AMS Policy Program, AMS Policy Program, Washington
Michael Henry, American Institute of Physics, College Park, MD and Jack D. Fellows, ORNL (Retired), Climate Change Science Institute, Oak Ridge, TN

Some in congress and the administration are proposing to pare back a number of budgets at NOAA, NASA, NSF, USGS, and other agencies and programs that compose the U.S. weather, water, and climate enterprise. What are the current proposals, and what is driving them? Where would budget cuts likely fall, and how might they impact the AMS community? How likely are they to come to pass? More broadly, how is the federal budget environment evolving over the long-term for the weather, water, and climate community, and what can we expect in 2018 and beyond? Come to this special session to hear from budget experts and policymakers about the current state of play and what else you should know if you care about federal support for the AMS community.

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