Environmental and Societal Impacts Group

THE FORMER ENVIRONMENTAL and Societal Impacts Group (ESIG) is now called the Institute for the Study of Society and Environment (ISSE). ISSE has a three-part motto: Integrative Research, Service to Society, and Education for the Future. Integrative research refers to ISSE's multi-disciplinary research groups, which includes members of different Laboratories in the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). ISSE is part of NCAR, itself part of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). Within NCAR, there are five Laboratories: the Computational & Information Systems Laboratory, the Earth Observing Laboratory, the Earth & Sun Systems Laboratory, the Research Applications Laboratory, and the Societal-Environmental & Research and Education Laboratory. ISSE is part of the Societal-Environmental & Research and Education Laboratory (SERE).

The Integrative groups within ISSE are the NCAR Geographic Information System (GIS), the North

American Regional Climate Change Assessment Program (NARCCP), a collaborative project with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessment (RISA) Program (RISA-NCAR Collaboration), the Collaborative Program on the Societal Impacts and Economics Benefits of Weather Information, and the NCAR Climate and Weather Impact Assessment Scientific Program.

The GIS works to combine data describing climate and weather with other sciences such as the geosci-ences, and physical, and social sciences. In this way, GIS aims to provide an infrastructure that allows a greater sharing of information between these fields in order to benefit all researchers involved. The NARCCP is a joint project with Canada and northern Mexico. This Program integrates regional data with global climate models and time-slice experiments to predict the weather-related needs of these countries and better prepare the available support services. The RISA-NCAR Collaboration aims to accomplish three goals: to work with the NARCCP to downscale the climate predictions; to further understand the interrelations among climate, water, and weather; and to understand the relationship between scientists and stakeholders.

The Collaborative Program on the Societal Impacts and Economics Benefits of Weather Information, also called the Societal Impacts Program (SIP), is funded by the U.S. Weather Research Program. The SIP works to determine how weather information can impact society and the economy. Finally, the NCAR Climate and Weather Impact Assessment Scientific Program aims to tackle three ambiguous fields in climate research: characterizing uncertainty, extreme weather and climate events, and how climate affects health conditions.

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