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You have arrived at the NOAA Economics & Social Science (NESS) website. We are an element of the Office of Program Planning and Integration (PPI) at NOAA headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland.

To the left are several quick reference links to studies that we believe are helpful in understanding a few selected topics. To the right is a a log of significant NESS events with links to related documents.

This site is intended to be a resource for those within NOAA as well as those outside of it. We wish to communicate to our visitors the importance of Economics at NOAA and share the Social Science Perspective that we believe is essential for the world's leading Earth science agency.

The Library that we have established is likely to be of most value to the majority of our visitors. In it you will find a collection of papers, articles and analyses on the socioeconomic impact of oceanic and atmospheric science and related technologies.

Also valuable are the set of Links that we have provided. These will take you to other web locations, where similar efforts are underway to make explicit the connection between the physical and social sciences.

If you are searching for something in particular, we hope you can easily find what you are looking for. If you are simply browsing, we hope you have the opportunity to discover something new and interesting. In either case, please return soon and do not hesitate to provide us with feedback on what we have done well and, more importantly, what we could do better.

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NESS Event Log

"Ecosystem Products" Link Ecology and Economy

Hollings Scholar Barbara A. Blaylock delivered a presentation at the NOAA Science Center on her most recent project: "'Ecosystem Products' as a Component of NOAA's Ecosystem Approach to Management." Ms. Blaylock's research at PPI will serve as the foundation for future work on linking programmatic capabilities to their value in the economy, on measuring and improving programmatic performance, and on facilitating communication between the agency's natural and social scientists.

Economic Statistics for NOAA (5th Edition) Released

The latest "Economic Statistics for NOAA" booklet is available online and in hard copy from our office. This is the 5th edition of what many at NOAA have found to be an invaluable resource. A brilliant white cover distinguishes this edition from all those previous. Get one today and impress your colleagues with your knowledge of NOAA's vast impact upon the national economy!

Social Science Progresses at NOAA

The NOAA Chief Economist, Dr. Rodney Weiher, briefed the NOAA's Science Advisory Board (SAB) on how the agency has been implementing the SAB Social Science Review Panel's recommendations of March 2003. The status of these recommendations, as well as the suggested next steps, are available here in The Chief Economist's presentation to the SAB.

Economic Footprint of Hurricane Katrina

The National Ocean Economics Program has released a wonderfully informative poster titled "The Economic Footprint of Hurricane Katrina" which shows the impacts on Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.

Hydrology Research Proposal Finalized

NESS has worked with NOAA hydologists and external economists to produce "Economics of Water Resource Information: A Proposed Research Agenda for NOAA's Hydrology Program." This proposal can serve as a model for the integration of social science within other NOAA programs.

Economic Statistics for NOAA (4th Edition) Released

The latest "Economic Statistics for NOAA" booklet is available online and in hard copy from our office. This is the 4th edition of what many at NOAA have found to be an invaluable resource. New and updated statistics are complemented by an eye-catching "NOAA Blue" cover, replacing last year's "Killarney Green." Get yours today!

NOAA 4-Pager Released

Officially titled "NOAA: Meeting Our Nation's Economic, Social, & Environmental Needs," the 4-pager is an NESS product that makes NOAA's strategic vision accessible to everyone. It has received rave reviews from NOAA leadership, as well as those who work to increase public understanding of NOAA's work.

NESS Website Launched

The NOAA Economics & Social Science website was launched with much fanfare. Rejoicing ensued in dens of social science everywhere.

SAB Panel Releases Social Science Report

The final report of the Social Science Review Panel, "Social Science Research Within NOAA: Review and Recommendations," was delivered to the NOAA Science Advisory Board.

The Panel concluded that "the capacity of NOAA to meet its mandates and mission is diminished by the under-representation and under-utilization of social science," but that "Assistant Administrators are responsive to discussing opportunities for an enhanced role for social science within their line offices."

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