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Social Science

Social Science

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.”

Integrating Social Sciences at NOAA’s Center for Earth System Sciences and Remote Sensing Technologies

The social sciences are essential to helping the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) achieve its mission. The 2016 NOAA Federal Funding Opportunity mandated that all NOAA Cooperative Science Centers integrate social sciences into their scientific and educational training of the next generation of diverse, young STEM professionals. This document (below) provides a framework for social science integration at the NOAA Center for Earth System Sciences and Remote Sensing Technologies’ (CESSRST) research, education, and training.

Download CESSRST Social Science Integration Framework

Social Science Coordinators

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:

  • Dr. Valerie Were (Center-wide Social Science Lead), CCNY
  • Dr. Arielle Levine, SDSU
  • Dr. Tania Lopez, UPRM
  • Dr. Ivonne Santiago, UTEP
  • Dr. Fernando Almonte, UMBC
Social Science Training

All CESSRST students are required to complete the Social Science Core Competency requirements, with the goal of
  • Teaching students what social science is (and is not).
  • Helping students understand how NOAA uses social science
  • Providing that context-relevant understanding of how social science can enhance their research, and
  • Enhance the students’ ability to describe their research to non-technical audiences.

As part of the Social Science Competency requirement, students develop a Story Map to showcase their work.

Some students story maps highlighted include: