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Peter J. Lamb Symposium--Helping Africa to Help Itself

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Important Dates

  • Check/Change Abstract Title and Author Listing Deadline: 2 November 2015
  • Oral Presentation Upload Deadline (before meeting): 4 January 2016
  • Supplementary Information Upload Deadline 11 February 2015

Sponsors and Organizers

The Peter J. Lamb Symposium--Helping Africa to Help Itself is organized by the AMS Board on Societal Impacts and is sponsored by the American Meteorological Society.

Call for Papers

Peter J. Lamb’s sudden and untimely passing in May 2014 was a shock to all who knew him in the climate research community.  His commitment and dedication to his work were unparalleled.  Pete in particular was a leader in the field of African climatology and weather dynamics, and an inspiration to many African scientists and students. He successfully mentored or supervised graduate students and meteorologists from more than eight African countries and trained scores of others. He actively contributed to the scope of the international African Monsoon and Multidisciplinary Analyses (AMMA) Program and the implementation of several of its field experiments. He played a key role in the establishment of the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Program Mobile Facility at Niamey in 2006, which has provided pivotal data used in many research studies. Pete also was a driving force of utilizing the scientific basis of seasonal forecasting used today in West Africa, and setting up of the West Africa seasonal climate outlook forums (PRESAO) in 1998, through his involvement in the African Centre of Meteorological Application for Development (ACMAD) Scientific Advisory Board.  Above all, Pete believed in African institutions leading the way in transforming African climate research for economic development.  His work ethic focused firmly on “helping Africa to help itself”, as evidenced by the “Rainwatch” Geographical Information System for monitoring and disseminating daily observations of West African rainfall. Pete believed Rainwatch had potential for establishing a community of scholars and practitioners in climate early warning and that, in time, it would evolve to become Africa’s version of Australia’s highly successful RAINMAN.

This symposium will honor Peter J. Lamb’s distinguished contributions to African climate and weather research for economic development.  A mixture of oral and poster presentations and panel discussions is anticipated; both invited and also solicited from the research community.  Contributions in climate diagnostics, climate modeling, ocean heat budgets, field measurements and monitoring for decision-making, seasonal forecasting, soil moisture budgets, climate early warning messaging, consultation and training workshops, and the societal impacts of Pete’s work and that of colleagues are particularly welcome.  Even though the main emphasis of this symposium will be on Africa, we welcome work on the global atmosphere/ocean/earth system as it may relate to Africa and surrounding areas.  We especially extend an invitation to Pete’s colleagues and students to contribute to this symposium.

Program Chair(s)

For additional information please contact the chair of the organizing committee, Randy A. Peppler.