Presidential Forum

Sunday, 23 January, 2022 4:00–5:00 PM CST, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST

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The theme of 102nd Annual Meeting “Environmental Security: weather, water and climate for a more secure world” encapsulates the challenges and the opportunities for the roles of research, observations and services in helping to secure a sustainable nation and world. Increasingly, globally-connected risks, including compounding events across the weather-climate continuum affecting national security, urbanization, health, and maritime commerce, among others, are overwhelming traditional approaches to risk management. This was made painfully evident by the cascading impacts of recent events during the active hurricane seasons of 2017 and 2021, the 2018, 2020 and 2021 wildfires in the Western US, the 2021 flooding in Europe and China, and further complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Systemic risks affect large networks of connected infrastructure, trade, ecosystems, and communities with widespread and cascading impacts on water, food, health and energy security, and hence on sustainable development.  Systemic innovation strategies for equitably addressing such multi-scaled risks are fundamentally different from regular strategies, in that they are founded on concepts of complexity, diversity in perspectives and approaches, and require enabling capabilities to reduce vulnerability and to learn and thrive even as new risks emerge. The 2022 AMS Presidential Forum will engage attendees in a discussion with an exceptionally distinguished panel representing international, national, regional and local institutions engaged in advancing environmental security in the face of rapid and long-term physical, societal, and technological changes. The panelists will focus on the need and approaches for crafting virtuous and agile feedback loops among science, policy and practice; the public, private, and civil society partnerships