2014 AMS Annual Meeting


Town Hall Meeting: Planning for the future: Extreme weather, changing climate, and energy sustainability in large urban areas

In 2012 there were 11 billion dollar weather and climate disasters in the United States according to the NCDC. Several of these disasters directly impacted major cities and urban areas. The high population density and increasing growth of large metropolitan areas makes stability and sustainability of energy of critical importance in the urban environment.   An important factor in the stability and sustainability of energy in the urban environment is weather.  Temperature extremes magnify energy demands in heavily populated areas, while storms like post-tropical storm Sandy present risks to the distribution grid.  Extreme weather in a small geographic region can have large consequences for urban environments in terms of reliability and emergency management response .  Cities are a great opportunity to increase weather dependent renewable energy production for reliability and for reduction of greenhouse gases.  The climate is changing and weather extremes seem to be occurring more frequently. With this in mind, this town hall aims to discuss where do we go from here?  This town hall meeting will be co-sponsored by the AMS Energy Committee and the AMS Board on the Urban Environment.  Some of the possible questions for discussion are:


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