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18th Conference on Satellite Meteorology, Oceanography and Climatology / First Joint AMS-Asia Satellite Meteorology Conference

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The 18th Conference on Satellite Meteorology, Oceanography and Climatology / First Joint AMS-Asia Satellite Meteorology Conference, sponsored by the American Meteorological Society, and organized by the AMS Committee on Satellite Meteorology and Oceanography, will be held 22–26 January 2012, as part of the 92nd AMS Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.

We anticipate that this event will feature participation by Asian nations/regions—in effect, a joint AMS-Asia Satellite Meteorology Conference. The aspect of the event program—the 1st Joint AMS-Asia Satellite Meteorology, Oceanography, and Climatology Conference—will focus on oral and poster presentations that highlight goals, aspirations, and opportunities for partnerships, collaborations, and shared progress in satellite meteorology, oceanography, and climatology.

The Conference organizers are soliciting papers describing new concepts, research, regular operations, and practical application of satellite measurements to meteorological, oceanographic, and climatological problems. Major areas of committee interest and responsibility include:
• The atmospheric factors influencing the design and operation of satellites and satellite instrumentation for observing the atmosphere, oceans, and the Earth;
• The development of innovative methods of processing and analyzing the observations from satellites; and
• The display and use of the satellite data for both research and operational purposes, including weather, ocean, and climate monitoring and forecasting.
      Satellites are crucial for monitoring the Earth environment. The organizers are particularly soliciting papers on improved use of satellite data for analyzing and predicting the weather, the ocean, the climate, and the environment. This includes current research and progress on current and next-generation passive and active systems, including geostationary microwave imagers, geostationary hyperspectral IR sounders, Doppler wind lidar, soil moisture and ocean salinity, and outcomes of various missions aimed at trace/greenhouse gases or more detailed aerosol information.
      This conference will contain a satellite focus on climate. Long-term and self-consistent satellite records of essential climate variables (ECVs) are becoming indispensable in validating and improving Earth system and climate models. One thrust is toward improving the community's basic awareness and understanding of satellite sensor data records (SDRs), including proper interpretation of derived thematic climate data records (TCDRs), accounting for differences in the sensor response functions, orbits, and the inherent uncertainties associated with the retrieval algorithms themselves. Forthright accounting for uncertainties would provide better assessments of what can be inferred with confidence from the long-term satellite climate data record. With advances in sensor calibration, algorithm improvement, and climate data record (CDR) programs, satellite-based environmental data records (EDRs) and CDRs can and will be applied in climate-related monitoring and studies.

Authors of accepted presentations will be notified via e-mail by late-September 2011. All extended abstracts are to be submitted electronically and will be available on-line via the Web, Instructions for formatting extended abstracts will be posted on the AMS Web site. Manuscripts (up to 3MB) must be submitted electronically by 22 February 2012. All abstracts, extended abstracts and presentations will be available on the AMS Web site at no cost.

For additional information please contact the program conference co-chairs, Kenneth Carey, Noblis Center for Sustainability, 703.610.1933, kcarey@noblis.org; and Dr. Song Yang, Naval Research Laboratory, 831.656.4888, song.yang@nrlmry.navy.mil. (02/11)