Societal Impacts Program

National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

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The Collaborative Program on the Societal Impacts and Economic Benefits of Weather Information (SIP) was created to provide a focal point for assembling, coordinating, developing, and synthesizing research and information on the societal impacts and economic benefits of weather information with the goal of minimizing injury, loss of life, and destruction of property. Materials available at the SIP site include presentations and reports, overviews of research projects, and a link to the Digital Library on Societal Impacts (DLSI), a web-based resource for collecting and disseminating research findings related to the use and value of weather forecasts. Other resources include the Extreme Weather Sourcebook, which provides information on the economic and other impacts of hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, lightning, and other U.S. weather phenomena, and the Societal Aspects of Weather website, which also provides information and general resources on the impacts of weather. There is also the WeatherZine, an online magazine devoted to weather impacts, and the Weather and Climate Forecast Use and Value Bibliography, a one-stop resource for information on peer-reviewed studies of the use and value of weather and climate forecasts.

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Subject: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology , Geoscience:Atmospheric Science, Biology, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Extreme Weather, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Extreme weather, Environmental Science:Policy:Environmental Decision-Making
Resource Type: Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations, Scientific Resources:Collection
Special Interest: Hazards
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), High School (9-12), College Upper (15-16), Graduate/Professional
Health Topics: Public Policy
Theme: Teach the Earth:Incorporating Societal Issues:Public Policy, Climate Change, Hazards, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Atmospheric Science, Environmental Science, Teach the Earth:Teaching Topics:Weather