Center for Risk and Crisis Management

The University of Oklahoma

University of Oklahoma, Center for Risk and Crisis Management
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Weather, Climate and Public Policy

national weather center

Societal impacts of weather, climate, and public policy

Climate variability and hazardous weather events (such as tornadoes, floods, severe storms, hurricanes and drought) present many unique challenges to modern societies. CRCM has several research programs that focus on the societal impacts of weather, climate, and public policy. Together these programs address how different actors and institutions in the policy process understand and behave under these changing conditions.

Applying social science to weather and climate related issues

The CRCM has developed substantial experience and capabilities for undertaking collaborative research projects, and brings this expertise to bear in developing long-term research initiatives to apply state-of-the-art social science to weather and climate related issues with researchers at OU's National Weather Center, Sandia National Laboratories and experts and researchers at many other Universities.

Understanding and managing weather related risks

Goals include providing usable knowledge concerning the manner in which weather forecasting organizations and individual forecasters can effectively manage the rapidly evolving radar technologies and transitions to new ways of understanding and managing weather related risks, and deepening practical understanding of how weather data can serve societal interests, including more effectively reducing property damage and saving lives.

Weather, climate and public policy projects

Examples of CRCM projects in the area of weather, climate and public policy include:

Primary research &
analytical themes

Risk and Risk Perception in scientifically controversial or complex domains

Weather, Climate and Public Policy

Disaster and Crisis Management


Studying Risk,
Risk Perception,
& Crisis Management

An interdisciplinary research center

The CRCM is an interdisciplinary research center at the University of Oklahoma that studies risk, risk perception and crisis management in several substantive domains. The areas of research interest and expertise include energy and the environment, weather and climate, national security and terrorism, and the social dynamics surrounding complex controversial technologies.

New pathways for understanding

The CRCM seeks to develop new pathways for understanding and managing technological and environmental risks. The CRCM maintains an expanding network of affiliated researchers from other universities, national laboratories, and federal agencies to assist in both defining and utilizing new and unexpected opportunities for research and public policy analysis.

Learn more about the CRCM.