WAS*IS: Building a community for integrating meteorology and social science

AMS Citation:
Demuth, J., E. Gruntfest, R. Morss, S. Drobot, and J. K. Lazo, 2007: WAS*IS: Building a community for integrating meteorology and social science. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 88, 1729-1737, doi:10.1175/BAMS-88-11-1729.
Resource Type:article
Title:WAS*IS: Building a community for integrating meteorology and social science
Abstract: Weather and Society*Integrated Studies (WAS*IS) is a grassroots movement to change the weather enterprise by comprehensively and sustainably integrating social science into meteorological research and practice. WAS*IS is accomplishing this by establishing a framework for a) building an interdisciplinary community of practitioners, researchers, and stakeholders who are dedicated to the integration of meteorology and social science, and b) providing this community with a means to learn and further examine ideas, methods, and examples related to integrated weather-society work. In its first year, WAS*IS focused on achieving its mission primarily through several workshops. Between July 2005 and August 2006, there were three WAS*IS workshops with a total of 86 selected participants. The workshops focused on the following: laying the groundwork for conducting interdisciplinary work, teaching basic tools and concepts relevant to integrated weather-society efforts, using real-world examples to learn about effective integrated work, and developing opportunities and relationships for doing WAS*IS-type work. By emphasizing the importance of developing a lifelong cohort, as well as helping participants learn and apply social science tools and concepts, WAS*IS can address societal impacts of weather in powerful and sustained ways. This article discusses the need and motivation for creating WAS*IS; the development, scope, and implementation of WAS*IS through summer of 2006; and WAS*IS-related outcomes thus far, as well as future prospects of the WAS*IS movement.
Peer Review:Refereed
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Publisher's Version: 10.1175/BAMS-88-11-1729
  • Julie Demuth - NCAR/UCAR
  • Eve Gruntfest - NCAR/UCAR
  • Rebecca Morss - NCAR/UCAR
  • Sheldon Drobot
  • Jeffrey Lazo - NCAR/UCAR
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