23rd Symposium on Education
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Call for Papers
The theme for the 2014 AMS Annual Meeting is “Extreme Weather—Climate and the Built Environment: New perspectives, opportunities, and tools.” Weather and climate extreme events are broadly defined, and include, for example, 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.
Climate and weather extremes and the built environment have powerful implications for education at many levels as well as for engagement with a broad and diverse set of stakeholders. We particularly invite submissions to the Education Symposium that explore these aspects of the overall meeting theme. We invite presentations exploring this theme in K-12 and informal environments with a focus on citizen science and Next Generation Science Standards. Abstracts focused on University education with a focus on innovative instruction in atmospheric dynamics and those focused on exploring teaching methods from an education research perspective are encouraged. We welcome submissions focused on the use of data in education and outreach and on “data literacy” as part of a joint session with Environmental Information Processing Technologies (EIPT). Education is also hosting a themed joint session with the Hydrology Conference and the Probability and Statistics in the Atmospheric Sciences Conference, entitled: Interdisciplinary Research and Education on Precipitation Prediction and Extremes.
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 – all of which are relevant to the Education Symposium. 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. We welcome submissions that explore connections with diverse and historically under-represented 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.”
For additional information please contact the program chairperson, Donna Charlevoix (firstname.lastname@example.org; 303-381-7483).