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Engagement and Impact through Themed Joint Sessions

The 93rd AMS Annual Meeting, set for 6-10 January 2013 in Austin, Texas, will provide a magnificent background, environment and opportunity to celebrate the achievements in the Meteorological and related Earth System Sciences, global observing systems and computer capability over the past 60 years; especially as it relates to advancing predictions of the weather and related extreme events out to a week in advance. The remarkable advancements in prediction capabilities, combined with the ability to provide related decision support services through the public and private sectors, have been a crowning achievement for the entire enterprise related to weather, water, climate and ocean predictions.  There will be no better place to host the 2013 AMS Annual Meeting, events and activities aligned around our overall meeting theme, "Taking Predictions to the Next level: Expanding Beyond Today's Weather, Water, and Climate Forecasts and Projections".  

The 2013 AMS annual meeting will play a major role in “taking predictions to the next level” and provide a comprehensive overview of how science, observations, technological advances can be applied to 1) expand upon today’s weather and climate prediction enterprise into areas involving commerce, health, air and water quality, energy, space, coastal and ocean domains and related ecosystems, and 2) link these predictions to expanded decision support services and related societal impacts.  To complement several high profile and engaging speakers, we will have 36 themed joint sessions focusing on a wide range of topics such as: 

  • Decision Making using Advanced Technology:  Risk-based Predictions and Risk-informed Communication for the Water Information Customer
  • Accelerating the Transition of Research to Operations in Environmental Models and Analyses
  • The application of Artificial Intelligence in the field of Aviation, Range, and Aerospace Meteorology
  • Contemporary Regional Water and Drought Issues through the Lens of History
  • Assimilation of Satellite Observations to Improve Numerical Predictions in Global and Regional Models
  • The Toll of Extreme Weather on Mental Health, Safety, and Healthcare Buildings
  • Medium-range, Sub-seasonal and Seasonal-scale Forecast Techniques and Modeling for Energy Demand

The formats of these themed joint sessions will vary and include panel discussions, invited papers, and submitted oral and poster presentations.

We are expecting, with your participation and involvement, these themed joint sessions will serve as a catalyst for focusing the attention of the research and operational communities (and also those who are involved in accelerating the transition of research results into operations) on the exciting possibilities related to advancing predictive capabilities across many fields and applications.   These themed joint sessions will stimulate both those inside the AMS to continue thinking outside the box to advance predictive skill and expand predictive capabilities, and also engage those who normally reside in professional activities outside of the AMS, to play fundamental roles in the effort for the AMS and its members to move beyond today’s weather, water, ocean and climate forecasts.