AMS 2014 Annual Meeting

AMS 2014 Annual Meeting, 2–6 February 2014, Atlanta, Georgia 

            The American Meteorological Society’s 2014 Annual Meeting will be held 2–6 February 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia.  Preliminary programs, registration, hotel, and general information will be posted on the AMS Web site (http://annual.ametsoc.org/2014/) in late-September 2013.

The theme for the 2014 AMS Annual Meeting is “Extreme Weather—Climate and the Built Environment: New perspectives, opportunities, and tools.”. Herein, we broadly define weather and climate extreme events to include, but not be limited to, severe storms, tornados, tropical cyclones, floods, winter storms, drought, temperature extremes, derechos, aircraft turbulence, wildfires, extreme solar activity, and ocean-land responses (e.g. storm surges, landslides, debris flows). Our society is a “built environment,” increasingly connected by cyber, energy, water, transportation, health, social, and other infrastructures—one that interacts with the natural environment through ecosystem functions supplied by wetlands, barrier islands, etc. The sustainability of this built environment and stewardship of our natural ecosystems are clearly related to quality of life. The theme is designed to explore the aforementioned “focal point” combining scientific inquiry, technological advances, societal implications, and public awareness through the lens of past, current, and future extreme weather and climate events.

Under the auspices of the proposed theme, traditional topics related to advances in observations, modeling, and applications can be explored. Additionally, the theme also allows for exploration of an array of topics including effective strategies for communication, social and policy theory, adaptation, mitigation, intervention, emergency response, and public behavior or perceptions. Further, the timelines of the topic and its broad accessibility to the scientific, stakeholder, and public communities should make it particularly appealing to many segments of our traditional AMS community as well as non-traditional communities. The theme is most relevant to the NOAA goal and the National Weather Service vision for “A Weather-Ready Nation – a society that is prepared for and responds to weather related events.”

The meeting will include over 30 conferences and symposia and will also feature numerous town hall meetings The AMS Annual Meeting is host to the largest exhibit program anywhere in the atmospheric, oceanic, and related sciences and it will be preceded by 8 short courses,

The AMS Annual Meeting is cosponsored by the following organizations: Air & Waste Management Association; American Geophysical Union; American Geosciences Institute; American Water Resources Association; Atmospheric Science Librarians International; Natural Hazard Mitigation Association; Science Societies (American Society of Agronomy Crop Science Society of America; Soil Science Society of America; The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; The Geological Society of America; The Oceanography Society; and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Members of these organizations are offered a special co-sponsorship registration rate.

For additional information please contact the Annual Meeting Web site at http://annual.ametsoc.org/2014/.