Fair Weather: Effective Partnerships in Weather and Climate Services

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Overview

Decades of evolving U.S. policy have led to three sectors providing weather services—NOAA (primarily the National Weather Service [NWS]), academic institutions, and private companies. This three-sector system has produced a scope and diversity of weather services in the United States second to none. However, rapid scientific and technological change is changing the capabilities of the sectors and creating occasional friction. Fair Weather: Effective Partnerships in Weather and Climate Services examines the roles of the three sectors in providing weather and climate services, the barriers to interaction among the sectors, and the impact of scientific and technological advances on the weather enterprise. Readers from all three sectors will be interested in the analysis and recommendations provided in Fair Weather.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780309087469
  • Publisher: National Academies Press
  • Publication date: 5/16/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 238
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Executive Summary 1
1 Introduction 11
2 The U.S. Weather and Climate Enterprise 23
3 Public, Private, and Academic Partnerships 43
4 Legal, Social, Policy, and Economic 57
5 Impact of Scientific and Technological Advances on Partnerships 75
6 Improving the Effectiveness of the Weather Enterprise 93
App. A Committee Charge 113
App. B Public-Private Provision of Weather and Climate Services: Defining the Policy Problem 115
App. C Major Systems Overview 135
App. D Private Sector Comments 149
App. E On Fairness and Self-Serving Biases in the Privatization of Environmental Data 193
App. F Biographical Sketches of Committee Members 213
App. G: Acronyms 219
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