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Abstract Modification Paper Program Deadline:
15 November 2013

Final Extended Abstract Deadline:
6 March 2014

An abstract fee of $95 (payable by credit card or purchase order) is charged at the time of submission (refundable only if abstract is not accepted).

Authors of accepted presentations will be notified via e-mail by late-September 2013.

All abstracts, extended abstracts and presentations will be available on the AMS Web site at no cost.


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Fifth Symposium on Environment and Health

Call for Papers

The overarching theme for the 2014 AMS Annual Meeting is “Extreme Weather-Climate and the Built Environment: New perspectives, opportunities, and tools.”  In the 5Health session, we will explore how the confluence of the built environment, policies, and the natural environment impact human health.   In addition to identifying the problems, we invite presenters to suggest mechanisms for solutions, including policy, Artificial Intelligence, and research-to-operation explorations that further the path of discovery.   The 2014 theme is designed to combine scientific inquiry, technological advances, societal implications, and public awareness through the lens of past, current, and future extreme weather and climate.

Examples of this scientific exploration for 5Health will include (but are not limited) to the following:

  1. Cardio and Respiratory Health  (e.g., pollution policies and scientific evidence of increased inversions, leading to cardio and respiratory health complications)
  1. Food security and Environmental Security  (e.g., centralized rice production in the Mekong delta and drought risk in SE Asia)
  1. Vector borne and Zoonotic Diseases   (e.g., population growth and large human concentrations that increase the susceptibility of infections)
  1. Water borne Diseases   (e.g., combined sewage overflows that interject contaminants into water ways and the impact that warmer waters or changes in pH yield for vibrio outbreaks)
  1. Heat Stress   (e.g., planning and development of urban or rural environments that intensify heat stress)
  1. Mental stress/Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)   (e.g., low utility of climate adaptation (for variability) information for planning leads to storm damages that endure [as with Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina] and creates conditions that lead to mental stress or PTSD long after the event has passed)

Achieving the 5Health goal requires participation and engagement from colleagues in the public health, medical, climate, water, and weather disciplines.   We look forward to talking together to connect the dots and raise the bar on our understanding.

5Health is pleased to have joint sessions with the following conferences: 

  • 12Artificial and Computational Intelligence (on neural networks and big data to advance environmental predictions for health)
  • 9Policy (on policy solutions for food security, in particular, or on any topic where a policy change is needed or addressed)
  • 4Transition of Research-to-Operations (on the explorations in moving new knowledge to operations for public benefit)]
  • 2Weather-Ready Nation (WRN) (on heat-health applications)

Submit abstracts to:   annual.ametsoc.org/health (by 1 August 2013)

Contact:   [email protected] (chair) or  [email protected]  (co-chair)