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CESSRST research has a strong social science component across all three research themes, designed to be in line with Goal 2 in NOAA Social Science Vision and Strategy. Each student project incorporates an exploration of risk and assessment of the impact of climate and weather on human communities and ecosystems, focusing on environmental economics, sustainability science, public health, planning and policy, and population science. CESSRST’s Social Science Framework is grounded in NOAA’s education mission “to advance environmental literacy and promote a diverse workforce in ocean, coastal, Great Lakes, weather, and climate sciences.”
The Center is growing the number of faculty with social science expertise across each of the campuses, with the goal of establishing an individual on each campus who will help coordinate social science research and activities. Coordinators include:
As part of the Social Science Competency requirement, students develop a Story Map to showcase their work.
Some students story maps highlighted include: