Improved understanding of what kinds of information the public needs to make actionable decisions
NOAA’s broad mission results in the need for quite different decision support approaches with stakeholders and the public, e.g. regulatory issues for fisheries, stewardship for marine sanctuaries, and public safety for severe weather. NOAA requires social science research on which techniques are best for these sorts of applications, where there are commonalities and where there are differences. This involves studying perceptions of risk of individuals, businesses, and communities, as well as their capacity to alter their actions once they have decided to do so.
Assess how the public perceives risk and uses probabilistic information to make decisions R
Develop decision-support tools to inform stakeholders and the public on the impacts of critical issues, situations, and subsequent actions D
Determine which stakeholder engagement methodologies are most effective for eliciting requirements for each of the Mission goals R
Determine how to efficiently keep stakeholder and public requirements current R