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The Weather Communication and Warning (WCW) program seeks to enhance the societal benefits of weather and climate risk information by advancing understanding of weather-related decision making and by collaborating with scientists and stakeholders to improve information communication and use. We apply social science concepts and methods to atmospheric science issues, promoting and facilitating interdisciplinary work. Areas of study include hurricanes, riverine and flash floods, drought, everyday weather forecasts, and extreme weather in the context of climate variability and change, with a particular emphasis on the roles of uncertainty.
We focus on three intersecting themes: communication, risk perception, and decision making.
Research emphases include:
The program is based in the Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology Division of the NCAR Earth System Laboratory. We also work closely with researchers in other NCAR groups and at universities, and with information providers (including personnel at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration / National Weather Service) and users.
For further information, contact: Dr. Rebecca Morss, Scientist III | morss at ucar dot edu
Damage along the Galveston, Texas seawall after Hurricane Ike (2008).