Eighth Symposium on Policy and Socio-Economic Research
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The AMS Symposium on Policy and Socio-Economic Research provides a forum for scholars to (i) share their policy and socio-economic research results and report on recent progress to other scholars in this field, (ii) converse with scientists about these results, and (iii) dialogue and engage with policy makers, practitioners, and federal agency officials in this area. This Symposium therefore allows for better coordination, iteration, and direction of the field, as well as an assessment of the body of knowledge designed to inform existing decision-making processes.
The theme for the 2013 AMS Annual Meeting is “Taking Predictions to the Next Level: Expanding Beyond Today's Weather, Water, and Climate Forecasting and Projections.” Over the past 60 years the meteorological community has made tremendous strides in making prediction a fundamental part of its scientific and operational/service heritage through the development and application of complex numerical models involving the atmosphere, ocean, land and cryosphere components of the Earth System. This theme will serve as a catalyst for the 2013 AMS annual meeting by focusing the attention of the research and operational communities, including those who are involved in accelerating the transition of research results into operations. Furthermore, the increasing use of predictions by decision makers throughout federal, state, and local emergency management government agencies and by private/commercial sectors will serve as an important component for this annual meeting along with the extension of predictive capabilities into a broader domain, including public health, food security, air and water quality, alternative energy and responses to climate trends.
Following this theme, the Eighth Symposium on Policy and Socio-Economic Research is soliciting papers within the following subthemes:
- Social Science for a Weather-Ready Nation: Empirical or theoretical developments in social and behavioral research related to the Weather-Ready Nation initiative, including people's understandings and behavior while under watches, warnings and severe events.
- The Private Sector: Challenges, opportunities, and experiences related to international operations, and specifically disaster mitigation, response, and recovery
- Place-Based Understanding of Weather and Climate: Local understandings of weather and climate phenomena, and associated responses to hazards, framings of risk, behavioral geography and environmental perception, and more.
- Communicating Uncertainty: Explore and discuss the communication of forecast uncertainty and risk, including discussions of the role of and access to media in shaping perceptions, understanding, and responses to weather and climate phenomena of all scales; capabilities for various media to communicate about weather and climate; innovative methods for communicating uncertainty, including verbal, graphical, mapped, and multi-media depictions; and more.
- Economic Value of Improved Forecast Information: Explore the diverse array of forecast domains and the economics thereof, from short-range weather to long-range climate forecasts, and innovative decision-support services based on emerging forecast technologies.
- Human Factors in Forecasting: Discuss the forecasting process, and anticipated or documented learning styles, behaviors, warning decision-making, time pressures, opportunities, and challenges relating to emerging forecasting technologies.
- Policy and Socio-Economic Research Methods and their Applications: Highlight methodological techniques from the social sciences used to address societal problems.
- Emerging Policy and Socioeconomic Issues and Challenges: All new areas of research not covered in the other categories.
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