Social Science Research Needs for the Hurricane Forecast and Warning System Academic Article uri icon


  • In the wake of the 2004-2005 hurricane season in the US, scientists, especially meteorologists, have seen the importance of doing social science research. There has now been a growing recognition that social and behavioral research is important to understanding the causes of high societal-impact weather-related disasters. The need for social science research on forecasts and warnings means taking note of changes and improvements in forecast products, changes in ways to create, manipulate, and disseminate information, as well as increased recognition of hurricane impacts as social phenomena, increasing and increasingly diverse population and assets in harm's way, availability of new social science tools, methods, and paradigms, and institutional requirements to evaluate, justify and develop guidance for programs and future practices.

published proceedings


author list (cited authors)

  • Gladwin, H., Lazo, J. K., Morrow, B. H., Peacock, W. G., & Willoughby, H. E.

citation count

  • 22

complete list of authors

  • Gladwin, Hugh||Lazo, Jeffrey K||Morrow, Betty Hearn||Peacock, Walter Gillis||Willoughby, Hugh E

publication date

  • January 2009