ECEP: Mission and Vision: Four Goals

ECEP's vision and mission will be achieved through four goals:

Collaborative Partnership

Partners are critical to the success of ECEP. They come from the physical and social sciences, engineering, industry, government, and non-government organizations. Their combined expertise and experience enables solutions that reduce the adverse impacts of extreme events. Partners actively contribute to this dynamic and benefit through enhanced decision-making capacity or productive new research and funding proposals. This collaboration emphasizes:

  • Engaging academics and practitioners with those involved in the decision-making process - from data development to implementation - in an on-going two-way dialogue
  • Leveraging cultural and technical diversity
  • Matching user needs and cutting-edge science, engineering and technology
  • Facilitating equitable negotiations of acceptable risk, failure and loss, to enable rapid recovery.


Understanding and Communicating Risk and Impact Reduction Approaches

Communicating scientific advances, or changes in hazards, vulnerability and exposure is an important aspect of ECEP. However, the focus here is on utilizing related research into communication mechanisms rather than advancing the science of communication. ECEP aims to:
  • Provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, issues and solutions to empower resilient decision making
  • Communicate the scientific rigor behind decision-support tools and products
  • Communicate approaches to enable Graceful Failure of critical system
  • Produce clear terminology and definitions.


Decision-Relevant Science

Understanding decision processes will both clarify the mechanisms by which information and its uncertainty can be better delivered, and identify related knowledge and gaps. This in turn will identify future basic and applied-research needs. Thus, ECEP will:

  • Contribute to the scientific understanding of the interactions between society and weather and climate extremes
  • Enhance the understanding of potential impact information with assessments of certainty
  • Transform how scientists and practitioners conceptualize and use potential impact information
  • Identify gaps where research is needed to support user needs.


Decision Support

ECEP is the vehicle by which basic and applied scientific research becomes societally relevant. The communications and collaborations inherent to ECEP are a critical component of this transfer. But tools are also required to mine the very large databases and provide information relevant to decision and planning activities. Here ECEP partners support and provide feedback to the prioritization and development of tools within the NCAR-supported Global Risk, Resilience, and Impacts Toolbox (GRRIT). In developing these tools, ECEP will prioritize:

  • Understanding and simplifying complex decision-making environments to better support community needs
  • Identifying possible entry points in existing decision protocols to further community resilience capability and capacity
  • Identifying decision-support products and needs
  • Exploring the incorporation of Graceful Failure approaches - or other emergent philosophies – to manage risk.