Weather, Water, and Climate Enterprise

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Weather, Water, and Climate Enterprise

The assembly of academic, governmental, and private-sector (i.e., industry) organizations that serve as generators and providers of weather, water, and climate information. The goal of the Enterprise is to deliver the most accurate, timely, and relevant information to a wide array of users, from public safety officials and water managers to businesses and nonprofits. All three sectors of the Enterprise—academia, government, and industry—play a critical collaborative role in understanding, observing, predicting, and communicating weather, water, and climate information. Specifically, the contributions of each sector include

  1. Academia: Advances scientific literacy, discovery, and innovation that inform and contribute to operations by the government and industry. Academic organizations include but are not limited to universities, basic and applied research laboratories, and government-funded research institutions.

  2. Government (i.e., public sector): Provides foundational Earth system observations, tools, research, forecasts, and warnings that support (i) decision makers and the public, (ii) academic research, and (iii)  commercial products and services developed by industry.

  3. Industry (i.e., commercial providers, private sector): Advances innovation through private investment, commercializes academic and government information into value-added applications, and distributes weather, water, and climate information via TV, radio, smart phones, Internet, and proprietary business systems. This sector includes data collectors, prediction and decision service providers, media, consultants, equipment providers, etc.

AMS addresses the Weather, Water, and Climate Enterprise most directly through its Commission on the Weather, Water, and Climate Enterprise (

Term edited 14 March 2022.

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