2016 AMS Annual Meeting


Special Symposium on Hurricane Katrina: Progress in Leveraging Science, Enhancing Response and Improving Resilience

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Important Dates

Sponsors and Organizers

The Special Symposium on Hurricane Katrina: Progress in Leveraging Science, Enhancing Response and Improving Resilience is organized by the AMS Committees on Tropical Meteorology and Tropical Cyclones, Weather Analysis and Forecasting, and Satellite Meteorology, Oceanography, and Climatology, as well as jointly with the Symposium on Building a Weather-Ready Nation: Enhancing Our Nation's Readiness, Responsiveness, and Resilience to High Impact Weather Events and Coastal Enviroment Committee, and is sponsored by the American Meteorological Society.

Call for Papers

The theme for the 2016 AMS Annual Meeting, “Earth System Science in Service to Society”, weaves the many parts of AMS into a common core. Emphasizing the academic and research strength of AMS, the theme also connects that research to the benefits that society gains from our science. AMS merges the physical, chemical, and biological study of the Earth with human-centered “domains of action”: (1) Observing, (2) Analysis and research leading to understanding, (3) Modeling and prediction, and (4) Social sciences – how people deal with Earth. “Service to Society” explicitly evokes the integrated and complementary government and commercial enterprise that the AMS has done so much to foster over the last decade. The 2016 meeting integrates AMS’ proud, nearly 100-year history of making a positive difference in the lives of our citizens by continually communicating the advances of its science research to the public and policy makers.  

The Special Symposium will highlight the importance of and advances in observing, understanding and predicting the atmosphere and ocean associated with high-impact weather events such as Hurricane Katrina.  This Symposium will cut across multiple disciplines to emphasize interactions among air, ocean, and land properties that place events such as Katrina within the broader context of weather, water, and climate.   This Symposium also will support the Weather-Ready Nation initiative––a society that is prepared for and responds to weather, water, and climate-related events through improved decision support services, advances in science and technology, innovative academic/public/private partnerships within and across economic sectors, and engagement with the communities in which we serve.  Interactions among specialists in each subject area are encouraged to highlight key scientific, technological and societal impact perspectives.  Papers emphasizing integrating aspects with the meeting theme will be given preference.

Student Award Opportunities

The sponsoring Committees and Symposium of this Special Symposium on Katrina will award several Best Student Prizes at the Special Symposium on 12 January 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  These awards recognize outstanding student contributions based on an evaluation of both the submitted written paper and corresponding oral or poster presentation.  Students are asked at the time of the abstract submission if they want to be considered for such awards. Further details will be posted on the AMS website.

Program Chair(s)

     For additional information please contact the program chairperson(s), Kenneth Carey, Earth Resources Technology (ERT, Inc.) (tel: 301-323-1397; Andrew Molthan, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (tel: 256-961-7474; and Patrick Harr, National Science Foundation (tel: 703-292-8523.)


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