Over 4,000 scientists, educators, students, and other professionals from across the weather, water, and climate community gathered in Austin, Texas from 7–11 January, 2018 to share, learn, and collaborate.

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"Transforming Communication in the Weather, Water, and Climate Enterprise"

Communication is a dynamic, powerful, and essential part of the weather, climate, and water enterprise. Successful communication requires active engagement – not only thinking about what, when, where, how, why, and to whom we speak but also carefully listening to better understand and respond appropriately.

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By The Numbers

419 Sessions

2,181 Oral Presentations

1,226 Poster Presentations

21,900 Sq Ft of Exhibits

Posts from the Front Page Blog

3 July 2018
Oh Say Can You Breathe? The Impact of Fireworks on Air Quality in the United States
by Perry Samson, Climate and Space Science and Engineering, University of Michigan On July 4th last year, in an attempt to entertain my two grandchildren, I set off what I felt was a modest display of fireworks in our front yard. A monitor that measures the concentration of particles (PM2.5) in the air was mounted ... Read more
26 January 2018
Did You Hear? Echoes from the Annual Meeting
This year’s AMS Annual Meeting provided no shortage of memorable presentations. The focus on 2017’s hurricanes in particular yielded some of the most memorable moments, and now you can listen (again, or for the first time) for yourself. Recorded presentations are being uploaded gradually to the AMS meeting program site. Richard Alley’s speech at the Presidential ... Read more
25 January 2018
Is It Just Us…or Was That the BBQ Talking?
So many conversations at the 2018 AMS Annual Meeting started–and ended–on the same note, and Dakota Smith captures it just right in his “Weather Nerds Assemble” vlog: Communication is a huge aspect in this field….If a forecast is a hundred percent accurate, but no one understands it, it’s not a useful forecast. That in a nutshell was what this ... Read more
10 January 2018
Revisiting the Hurricane Town Hall Meeting
The all-star panel comprising Monday’s special Town Hall Meeting on the 2017 hurricane season provided a riveting discussion of the science, communication, and impacts of Harvey, Irma, and Maria, highlighted by Ada Monzón’s emotional talk about the devastating effects Maria has had on Puerto Rico. The session created a buzz among #AMS2018 attendees. Incredible, heartfelt presentation ... Read more
8 January 2018
Writing and the Collaborative Process
A good writer inevitably is also a good listener, always mining every conversation and interaction for the next gem that could be used in their work. Authors of AMS books are no exception, and this week in Austin you could be the person to provide one of them with a new idea or angle. A collection of ... Read more



Premier Level

Lockheed Martin
The Weather Company

Principal Level

Earth Networks

General Level

Riverside Global Science Solution
Millersville University
Ball Aerospace
Carr Astronautics
Campbell Scientific
Orbital ATK
Technology Project Managers

Meeting Supporters

I.M. Systems Group ~ CSU Department of Atmospheric Science
Johns Hopkins University ~ Meso, Inc. ~ ERT, Inc. ~ Univ. of Colorado-LASP
Penn State Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric
University of Washington OU School of Meteorology
Global Science and Technology, Inc. ~ AER