Second Annual Symposium on the Weather and Climate Enterprise
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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.” Herein, we broadly define weather and climate extreme events to include, but not be limited to, 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.
Under the auspices of the proposed theme, the Commission on the Weather and Climate Enterprise (CWCE) invites presentations on a broad range of topics of interest to the government, private, academic, and other user communities. Within this broad range, we are requesting topics that will have or will have the potential to impact the weather and climate enterprise broadly over the academic, private, and government sectors. Special emphasis should be placed upon providing information that highlights outcomes and strategic vision on topics that are relevant to today’s evolving scientific, budgetary or societal community issues. Topics and themes should incorporate interactions between sectors including lessons gained, success stories and/or areas of concern for the professions related to the general AMS membership and beyond to various user communities. In many cases, the best format for these proposed topics is through a panel discussion as to allow for broad participation among the AMS community.
Traditional topics related to advances in observations, modeling, and applications can also be explored. Additionally, 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. 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. 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.”