Skip to main content Skip to search Skip to search results

Institute for the Study of Society and the Environment



  • Existence: 2004-2009

Vision Increasing societal vulnerability to atmospheric phenomenon such as hurricanes, floods and droughts underscores pressing concern over the state of human society's complex relationships with our fragile planet. Human activities have played a complex role in the interaction between the atmosphere and the environment, resulting in unprecedented weather and climate changes. Society now stands at a formidable cross-roads: we must move toward sustainable land and natural resource use and commit to protecting the global commons (our atmosphere and biosphere). As awareness of the crucial choices before us has grown in different segments of society (policy makers, research community, industry, educators, and civic society), we see a palpable shift in the relationship between science and society. While curiosity-driven research at the science-environment-society interface must remain important, more direct engagement of the scientific community with these segments of society to help address the specific challenges we face is on the horizon. ISSE is poised and ready – through first-class science at the society-environment-atmosphere interface and meaningful collaborative engagement with social actors – to play its part in producing high quality research and helping society make the best possible choices to ensure an economically prosperous and environmentally sustainable future. Mission ISSE's mission is to improve societal welfare in the context of natural and changing climate and weather. ISSE conducts interdisciplinary research on 1) societal activities related to climate and weather at the individual, economic, and political levels, 2) the consequences of those activities on the atmosphere and the environment, and 3) effective communication of this science to decision-makers and managers for coping with weather and climate risks. We plan to fulfill our mission through attainment of the following goals. Goals: Conduct research that integrates human-environment interactions with atmospheric and earth-system dynamics Conduct research that produces knowledge for use in decision making. Conduct research on earth system and societal interactions through active engagement with stakeholders to develop conceptual frameworks for improved use of scientific information for society's benefit Act as an integrative force across NCAR and within the university community and maximize the societal benefit of NCAR's research by informing the earth-systems dynamics community of societal needs relevant to their research TIIMES & ISSE evolved to create the Integrated Science Program (ISP). This new program initially focused on the scientific objectives of TIIMES & ISSE while working across NCAR to facilitate projects and activities, and promote new integrated directions, through close partnership with NCAR's Laboratories and the community.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Institute for the Study of Society and the Environment (ISSE)

Identifier: - ISSE
Scope and Contents This collection contains records that were labelled as belonging to the Institute for the Study of Society and the Environment (ISSE). ISSE ran from 2004-2009 but the majority of these materials come from 1990-2000. During this time period the program that became ISSE was called the Environmental and Societal Impacts Group (ESIG). The collection is organized into 3 distinct series; correspondence & other materials, newsletters and papers, publications & reports.