Integrating Social and Behavioral Sciences Within the Weather Enterprise (Paperback)National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (author), Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (author), Division on Earth and Life Studies (author), Board on Human-Systems Integration (author), Board on Environmental Change and Society (author), Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (author), Committee on Advancing Social and Behavioral Science Research and Application Within the Weather Ent (author)
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Our ability to observe and forecast severe weather events has improved markedly over the past few decades. Forecasts of snow and ice storms, hurricanes and storm surge, extreme heat, and other severe weather events are made with greater accuracy, geographic specificity, and lead time to allow people and communities to take appropriate protective measures. Yet hazardous weather continues to cause loss of life and result in other preventable social costs.
There is growing recognition that a host of social and behavioral factors affect how we prepare for, observe, predict, respond to, and are impacted by weather hazards. For example, an individualaEURO ™s response to a severe weather event may depend on their understanding of the forecast, prior experience with severe weather, concerns about their other family members or property, their capacity to take the recommended protective actions, and numerous other factors. Indeed, it is these factors that can determine whether or not a potential hazard becomes an actual disaster. Thus, it is essential to bring to bear expertise in the social and behavioral sciences (SBS)aEURO"including disciplines such as anthropology, communication, demography, economics, geography, political science, psychology, and sociologyaEURO"to understand how peopleaEURO ™s knowledge, experiences, perceptions, and attitudes shape their responses to weather risks and to understand how human cognitive and social dynamics affect the forecast process itself.
Integrating Social and Behavioral Sciences Within the Weather Enterprise explores and provides guidance on the challenges of integrating social and behavioral sciences within the weather enterprise. It assesses current SBS activities, describes the potential value of improved integration of SBS and barriers that impede this integration, develops a research agenda, and identifies infrastructural and institutional arrangements for successfully pursuing SBS-weather research and the transfer of relevant findings to operational settings.
Publisher: National Academies Press
Number of pages: 198
Dimensions: 254 x 178 mm