Ninth Conference on Weather, Climate, and the New Energy Economy

The Ninth Conference on Weather, Climate, Water, and the New Energy Economy, sponsored by the American Meteorological Society, and organized by the AMS Committee on Energy and the AMS Committee on Renewable Energy, will be held 7–11 January 2018 as part of the 98th AMS Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas. Preliminary programs, registration, hotel, and general information will be posted on the AMS website ( this summer.


The theme for the 2018 AMS Annual Meeting, “Transforming Communication in the Weather, Water, and Climate Enterprise”, highlights the importance of effectively communicating research to stakeholders. The annual meeting will explore current challenges we face in communicating our science and key opportunities for improving communications within each of our individual disciplines. The overarching theme of “Transforming Communication” is strongly tied to the core areas of the Ninth Conference on Weather, Climate, Water, and the New Energy Economy. As we move toward an energy economy that incorporates more and more renewable energy, we will need to communicate new information and ideas across multiple disciplines and sectors. Communication will play a key role in establishing and maintaining a new and robust energy economy.          


The AMS Energy and Renewable Energy Committees invite participation from researchers and practitioners who are experienced in and/or are studying the linkages between weather, climate, water, and the energy complex. Papers and posters are invited on all subjects dealing with the energy complex, including observational and theoretical meteorology, modeling, forecasting, and applied studies. Participants may also address the changing dimensions of the traditional energy complex (e.g., electricity, natural gas, and oil) as well as transformational technologies (e.g., wind, solar) in the rapidly growing renewable energy marketplace.


Topics Covered

The planned sessions will cover a breadth of topics, including wind and solar forecasting, remote sensing techniques, machine learning applications in the energy sector, and big data analytics providing decision support; however, abstracts in the following areas are particularly encouraged:


  • Examples of successful stakeholder engagement, where complex science has been communicated as actionable results

  • Examples illustrating the value of taking a systems approach to the application of atmospheric data to the electric utility system

  • Updates on ongoing, new, and proposed large-scale national and international collaborations in the energy sector

  • Communicating uncertainty in energy and load forecasts


Special sessions on the Second Wind Forecast Improvement Project (WFIP2) are also planned. In addition, we welcome proposals for other sessions from the weather, climate, water and new energy economy community.


The $95 abstract fee includes the submission of your abstract, the posting of your extended abstract, and the uploading and recording of your presentation, which will be archived on the AMS website. The deadline for abstracts is 1 August 2017.


Student Award Opportunities

As we have done in the past, we will have awards for best student oral presentations and best student posters to encourage student participation.

Conference Contact(s)

For additional information or if you wish to propose a session topic for this conference, please contact the program chairpersons, Larry Gloeckler (, Jennifer Newman (, and Andy Clifton (