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Authors of the StormMeteorologists and the Culture of Prediction$
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Gary Fine

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780226249520

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226249544.001.0001

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A Public Science

A Public Science

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Authors of the Storm

Gary Alan Fine

University of Chicago Press

This chapter focuses on the organizational features of meteorology, particularly the position of operational meteorology as government-sponsored activity. The organization of operational meteorology highlights the tension between autonomy and control. Scientific domains are integrated into society and cannot be separated from the organizational infrastructure that they help create. Not only do sciences have managers, but they also have audiences. The presence of an audience produces demands for expertise. The chapter examines the implications of the organization of the National Weather Service as a governmental agency devoted to public science. It then explores how this occupation is linked to a set of clients on the output boundary of government meteorology—the public, the media, and private firms.

Keywords:   operational meteorology, organization, autonomy, control, National Weather Service, public science, government agency

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