2014 AMS Annual Meeting


Second Symposium on the Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation

Call for Papers

 The 2nd Conference on the Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation, sponsored by the American Meteorological Society, will be held on  February 6 2014, as part of the 10th Annual Symposium on New Generation Operational Environmental Satellite Systems at the 94th AMS Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.  Preliminary programs, registration, hotel, and general information will be posted on the AMS Web site ( in late-September 2013.

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).  Under the auspices of the proposed theme, traditional topics related to advances in observations, modeling, and applications can be explored.

Much of the progress seen in environmental prediction applications (weather, climate, oceans, air quality) has been made possible by the development of better data assimilation systems that in turn have made it possible for the operational prediction centers to increase and improve their use of a wider range of observing systems. For certain application areas – especially numerical weather prediction - the increased use of satellite data has been a critical element of this overall thrust since comprehensive spatial and temporal coverage of weather data for the full global domain can only be obtained from space.

The Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation is an interagency collaboration sponsored by NASA, NOAA, the US Air Force and the US Navy that is tasked with improving and accelerating the use of satellite data and related research in operational environmental prediction systems. Chief among its responsibilities the JCSDA strives to help the operational agencies implement data from new satellites as quickly as possible after launch to help the nation maximize the benefits from its investment in these systems. The Symposium will include both invited and contributed presentations and we solicit presentations highlighting the role of satellite data in numerical weather prediction, as well as on the current and potential future use of satellite data in air quality, ocean, and climate prediction systems. Contributions may focus on the data themselves or on algorithmic developments that are/will be necessary to optimize the use of the data.

For additional information please contact the program chairperson, Lars Peter Riishojgaard, JCSDA (, or Jim Yoe, JCSDA (

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