12th Conference on Space Weather
The 12th Conference on Space Weather, sponsored by the American Meteorological Society, and organized by the AMS Committee on Space Weather, will be held 4–8 January 2015, as part of the 95th AMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. Preliminary programs, registration, hotel, and general information will be posted on the AMS Web site (http://www.ametsoc.org/meet/annual/) in late-September 2014.
The theme for the 2015 AMS Annual Meeting is “Fulfilling the Vision of Weather, Water, and Climate Information for Every Need, Time, and Place.” People, businesses, and governments depend increasingly on terrestrial weather, water, climate, and space weather information matched to their specific needs. We are converging on a day when such information is integrated into nearly every decision or action people take. This revolution in highly targeted, customized information - delivered when and where it is most useful - will make our lives safer, more productive, and more enjoyable. Following this theme, the 12th Conference will organize sessions in the following areas:
· Key science challenges
· Linkages between terrestrial and space weather
· Moving from anecdotes to data
· Applications for end users
· Space weather education initiatives
· Advances in observations and modeling
Further details are provided on some topics:
Key Science Challenges: We solicit papers on key science challenges, including prediction of solar flares, determining the geoeffectiveness of space weather storms, and understanding and predicting ionospheric variability.
Linkages between terrestrial and space weather: We solicit papers that address the driving of weather at the edge of space (mesosphere, thermosphere and ionosphere) by tropospheric and stratospheric forcing. Of particular interest are model results and/or event analyses that illustrate physical linkages between terrestrial and space weather.
Moving from anecdotes to data: The availability of geospace data and models are improving our space weather forecasts. Unfortunately, most of the information about impacts on technological systems, e.g. radio communication interference, satellite upsets, electric power grid stress, is not routinely collected and is mainly anecdotal. We solicit papers to foster the discussion of how a partnership of researchers, industry, and government can develop a more robust system of space weather impacts reporting and how such a system can be utilized to foster more meaningful space weather forecasts.
Applications for end users: As users have realized that more of our infrastructure and activities on Earth are being affected by space weather, there has been an increasing demand for services that predict and specify those effects. We solicit papers that describe space weather services, including model output, data, indices, tailored products, and their corresponding delivery technologies. In addition, papers can show how society is developing user applications for mitigating risks to technologies affected by space weather.
Space weather education initiatives: Proper education is crucial for effectively integrating space weather into day-to-day decision making. This is especially true for the general public, policy makers, and end users who may not fully understand or appreciate how space weather can affect them, or how space weather products can be used to mitigate impacts. We solicit papers addressing effective and innovative strategies and techniques to improve space weather education across all sectors – academic (graduate, undergraduate, and K-12), industry, government, and the public.
Advances in observations and modeling: Space weather models and observing techniques continue to evolve, improving our ability to specify, understand and predict space weather. We solicit papers describing new observational techniques, instruments, and models.
Please contact the program chairpersons (contact information noted below) by 1 May 2014 if you would like to propose a session topic for this conference. Awards will be given to the best student oral and poster presentations.
Student Award Opportunities
The AMS Committee on Space Weather is proud to announce some wonderful student opportunities available:
Travel Funding Assistance for Students:
Applications are currently being accepted for a student travel award to attend and present at the 12th Conference on Space Weather, which will be held 5-7 January 2015, as part of the 95th AMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ. One travel award will be given to help defray the cost of attending the conference. The selected student will be reimbursed by AMS after the conference with proper receipts. To be eligible, applicants must be Student Members of the American Meteorological Society and enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program at the time of the application.
To apply, collect in a single PDF document the following:
1. Presentation abstract.
2. One paragraph statement of why you wish to attend the meeting
3. Statement of commitment to attend the meeting if you are awarded the travel award.
4. Letter of recommendation from your advisor.
5. Contact information
The application PDF is submitted to Prof. Richard Clark ([email protected]) with the subject line "Space Weather Travel Award Application" for evaluation by members of the AMS Committee on Space Weather.
Applications must be received by 8 August 2014 to be considered. Decisions will be made by 29 August 2014.
Awards for Best Poster and Oral Presentations:
Award certificates and cash prizes will be given for the best student oral and poster presentations.
Contenders for the award will have to:
1. Be the Lead author and presenting the work
2. Indicate on their abstract submission that they wish to be considered for student competition.
3. Submission of an abstract to a session in which Space Weather is the lead conference.