97th AMS Annual Meeting | 22–26 January 2017 | Seattle, WA

Themed Joint Panel Discussion 1: How We Got Here: The Movement to Blend Myriad Human-based Academic Traditions into the Atmospheric Sciences

Monday, 23 January 2017, 11:00 AM–12:00 PM
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This panel will present some key historical developments that produced the sub-field of meteorology and climate sciences that has come to be known, broadly, as the social sciences side of the weather and climate enterprise. This corner of the field is composed of a very diverse confederation of academic disciplines and areas of practice, and therefore, of perspectives on the very mission this field should take up. During this session, the panelists will provide an overview of the cornerstones in development for such fields as risk communication, hazards geography and disaster sociology, and discuss the linkages that have - and have not - been made with the weather and climate enterprise.


Kimberly E. Klockow, NOAA/OAR/Office of Weather and Air Quality, Visiting Scientist Program, Silver Spring, MD and Russ S. Schumacher, Colorado State Univ., Department of Atmospheric Science, Fort Collins, CO


James Bergman, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI; Eve Gruntfest, Resilient Communities Research Institute, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA; Rebecca E. Morss, NCAR, MMM, Boulder, CO and Jennifer Sprague, NOAA/NWS, Silver Spring, MD


Joint between the Special Symposium on Individual, Social, and Cultural Observations in Weather and Climate Contexts; the Fifth Symposium on Building a Weather-Ready Nation: Enhancing Our Nation’s Readiness, Responsiveness, and Resilience to High Impact Weather Events; and the 12th Symposium on Societal Applications: Policy, Research and Practice )