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20th Conference on Integrated Observing and Assimilation Systems for Atmosphere, Oceans, and Land Surface (IOAS-AOLS)

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Authors & Presenters

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Please note that abstract fees are only refundable if your abstract is rejected for presentation and Any abstracts withdrawn after acceptance must still be paid in full.

Important Dates

  • Check/Change Abstract Title and Author Listing Deadline: 2 November 2015
  • Oral Presentation Upload Deadline (before meeting): 4 January 2016
  • Supplementary Information Upload Deadline 11 February 2015

Sponsors and Organizers

The 20th Conference on Integrated Observing and Assimilation Systems for Atmosphere, Oceans, and Land Surface (IOAS-AOLS) is sponsored by the American Meteorological Society.

Call for Papers

The theme for the 2016 AMS Annual Meeting, “Earth System Science in Service to Society”, weaves the many parts of AMS into a common core. Emphasizing the academic and research strength of AMS, the theme also connects that research to the benefits that society gains from our science. AMS merges the physical, chemical, and biological study of the Earth with human-centered “domains of action”: (1) Observing, (2) Analysis and research leading to understanding, (3) Modeling and prediction, and (4) Social sciences – how people deal with Earth. “Service to Society” explicitly evokes the integrated and complementary government and commercial enterprise that the AMS has done so much to foster over the last decade.  The 2016 meeting integrates AMS’ proud, nearly 100-year history of making a positive difference in the lives of our citizens by continually communicating the advances of its science research to the public and policy makers.

The IOAS-AOLS Conference recognizes that observing the atmosphere, ocean, and land surface is crucial for understanding the interactions among all three and that assimilation of the observed information into models is crucial for weather and climate monitoring and forecasting.  The Conference cuts across several allied disciplines and encourages interaction and collaboration among specialists in each.  Papers emphasizing integrating aspects with the meeting theme will be given preference. For example: What purposes do a particular type of observing system serve to improve weather, water and climate information?  What other systems complement its capabilities in this context?  How does an observing system or systems advance understanding, monitoring, and prediction?  What assimilation methods ensure that the observational data will be fully exploited in numerical prediction models?  What can assimilation and prediction systems tell us about the impact of current and future observing systems on analysis and forecast accuracy?

Sessions will be organized around the following topics:  1) Atmospheric observations, in situ and remote, including from satellites: Advantages and shortcomings compared with other observing systems, and their influences on weather, hydrometeorological and climate prediction.  2) Assimilation of observations (ocean, atmosphere, and land surface) into models: assimilation methods; minimization techniques; forward models and their adjoints; incorporation of constraints; error statistics; 3) Experiments involving observations, real or hypothetical: data impact and observation sensitivity tests; observing system simulation experiments (OSSEs); 4) Application of the above technologies and concepts for high-impact events; 5) Ocean observations: What do ocean observations tell us about the ocean environment and how do they contribute to its prediction?; 6) New uses of observations by operational forecasters; and 7) Field experiments: observational results from past field experiments; potential relevance of the field observations to operational prediction. A Themed Joint Session entitled "The impacts, successes and gaps of current observing systems in earth system science" is also planned. 

Student Award Opportunities

Partial travel support (of up to $550 each) and two prizes (of $200 each) will be awarded in recognition of outstanding abstracts and oral presentations at the IOAS-AOLS conference.

  1. Full-time undergraduate or graduate student enrolled at a University
  2. Lead author, personally presenting the work,
  3. Submission of an abstract to a session in which IOAS-AOLS is the lead conference

The student needs to indicate whether they wish to be considered for travel support and/or the best student paper prize. For those who are requesting partial travel support, in addition to the above conditions, the IOAS-AOLS co-chairs will review the abstract to determine how their work meets one or more of the following focus areas:

  1. Observing Systems: atmosphere, ocean and land surface, in situ and remote.  Comparisons with other observing systems.
  2. Data Assimilation:  New developments in methodology; research and operational applications on all spatial and temporal scales.
  3. Numerical analysis and prediction experiments involving observations: data impact and observation sensitivity tests.
  4. Observing System Simulation Experiments (OSSEs).
  5. Field Experiments: observational and assimilation results.

The two awards for the best oral presentation will be selected based on the originality and depth of research accomplished; the quality of the oral presentation; and the quality of the slides in the presentation.

Program Chair(s)

For additional information please contact the program chairperson(s), Dr. Robert Atlas, NOAA Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, 4301 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami FL 33149  (tel: 305-361-4300; email Robert.atlas@noaa.gov); or Prof. Sharanya Majumdar, RSMAS Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Miami, 4600 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami FL 33149; email smajumdar@rsmas.miami.edu); or Kenneth Carey, Earth Resources Technology (ERT, Inc.), 14401 Sweitzer Lane, Suite 300, Laurel, MD 20707 (tel: 301-323-1397; email ken.carey@ertcorp.com).