24th Conference on Satellite Meteorology, Oceanography, and Climatology

Abstract Information

Abstracts are closed! The deadline was 11 September 2020 at 11:59 PM EST.

Abstract Fee and Author Instructions

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The 24nd Conference on Satellite Meteorology, Oceanography, and Climatology is organized by the AMS Committee on Satellite Meteorology, Oceanography, and Climatology and is sponsored by the American Meteorological Society.


Call for Papers

Papers are being requested on applications of satellite observations for enhanced scientific understanding, improved forecast skill, and more environmentally informed decision-making for meteorological, oceanographic, climatological, and other environmental problems. There will be a special session on environmental impacts during the COVID-19 pandemic period.


Papers, possibly including demonstrations, are also requested on the use of proving grounds and testbeds as critical elements of new satellite capability preparation and user engagement. 


Applications areas include:

  • Land product applications for agricultural, drought, forecasting applications;
  • Arctic and polar applications;
  • Severe weather nowcasting and nearcasting applications;
  • Enhanced imagery applications for weather and environmental monitoring;
  • Cloud and wind applications;
  • Ocean and coastal waters monitoring and forecasting applications, including air-sea interactions;
  • Tropical weather and storm monitoring and forecasting applications;
  • Aviation decision tools using advanced satellite products;
  • Fire and smoke monitoring and forecasting applications;
  • Air quality monitoring and forecasting through improved use of satellite derived aerosols and atmospheric composition;
  • Hydrological applications, including flooding and monitoring river ice;
  • Harnessing long records of satellite observations for climate applications;
  • Numerical weather prediction applications including improved assimilation data satellite;
  • Applications enabled by Earth observing SmallSats;
  • Observing and understanding environmental changes from governmental/societal response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition papers are being accepted on the following topics submitted from the AMS community:

  • Optical synthetic aperture radar and combined approaches for mapping flood impacts;
  • Performance assessment and forecast input of ESA’s Aeolus doppler wind lidar observations;
  • Synergies and challenges for next generation weather architectures comprised of legacy operational and SmallSat-based microwave sounders;
  • Development of validation of remotely sensed cloud physical and optical property algorithms for satellite imagers;
  • Impacts of microwave sounding channel selection and definition on forecast skill.

Joint Sessions

There will be joint sessions with the 17th Annual Symposium on Operational Environmental Satellite Systems and the 23rd Conference on Air-Sea Interaction, 9th AMS Symposium on the Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation, and 4th Conference on Earth Observing SmallSats.


Joint SatMet Call for Papers

17th Annual Symposium on Operational Environmental Satellite Systems

Ninth AMS Symposium on the Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation (JCSDA)

Fourth Conference on Earth Observing SmallSats

Student Award Opportunities

The 24th Conference on Satellite Meteorology, Oceanography and Climatology is pleased to host Student Presentation Awards at the 2021 AMS Annual Meeting. Award certificates and cash prizes will be given for the best Student oral and poster presentations. Awards will be given separately for undergraduate and graduate students. Students who wish to be considered for these awards should indicate so when submitting their abstract. In order to be considered for an award, the Student must be the lead and presenting author.

Three criteria will be used for posters and orals: (1) Originality and depth of research accomplished; (2) Quality of oral presentation by student; (3) Quality of slides or poster for presentation. 


Student Event

The 24th Conference on Satellite Meteorology, Oceanography and Climatology will be co-hosting the 7th Annual Speed Networking Event. The Event allows students and early career professionals to network with mentors via “speed networking” where the mentors (meteorology and allied discipline professionals) roam between tables at set intervals introducing the students and early professionals to a wide array of professions in the field of meteorology and allied disciplines. The speed networking will include a social with light hors d'oeuvres, providing a great time for open networking. This allows the students and the mentors of their selected discipline to have extended conversations after their speed-mentoring.

Conference Contacts

For additional information, please contact the program chairs: Mitch Goldberg ([email protected]), Kenneth Holmlund ([email protected]), and Gary McWilliams ([email protected]).