11th Symposium on Building a Weather-Ready Nation: Enhancing Our Nation's Readiness, Responsiveness, and Resilience to High Impact Weather Events

Abstract Information

Abstracts are closed! The deadline was 31 August 2022 at 11:59 PM EDT.

Abstract Fee and Author Instructions
All presenters must also register for the meeting.

The 11th Symposium on Building a Weather-Ready Nation: Enhancing Our Nation’s Readiness, Responsiveness, and Resilience to High Impact Weather Events is sponsored by the American Meteorological Society and organized by the AMS Board on Societal Impacts.

Call for Papers

Papers for the 11th Symposium on Building a Weather-Ready Nation: Enhancing Our Nation’s Readiness, Responsiveness, and Resilience to High Impact Weather Events are solicited on the following:

  • A.W.I.N. is a W.E.N.: Innovation in WRN Education Efforts
    • Abstracts that specifically showcase cutting-edge, innovative education and outreach efforts that aim to promote a Weather-Ready or Climate-Ready Nation. Topics that highlight partnerships between local, state and federal government, non-profit and for-profit partners are specifically requested. WRN Ambassador success stories are highly encouraged.
  • A Weather Ready Nation? Prove it...
    • Abstracts that address achievable and practical benchmarks and success metrics of both a qualitiative and quantitative nature, that can be used to measure and guide WRN efforts across our enterprise. Topics that prove WRN efforts are reaching historically underserved communities are of particular interest
  • Enterprise Development Of New Climate Products to Empower Citizen Decision-making
    • Abstracts pertaining to the development of data-driven climate products and inititiatives focused on aiding the public in understanding impacts and influence societal decision-making. Topics related to roadblocks or obstacles experienced in development or implementation are encouraged.
  • How to Build Readiness: Engagement of Faith Communities in WRN
    • Abstracts and topics focusing on the roles and work of houses of worship and faith-based organizations in terms of preparedness, response, and recovery. Abstracts and topics focusing on the roles and work of houses of worship and faith-based organizations in terms of preparedness, response, and recovery. Topics highlighting current work done in this community as well as future opportunity to strengthen it are encouraged.
  • Leveraging Commercial Industry in Engineering Resilient Communities for a Weather Ready Nation
    • Abstracts and topics focused on how communities increase resilience to the impacts of severe hydrometeorological events, including hailstorms, flash flooding, and burn-scar enhanced flash flooding. Topics highlighting public-private collaboration to increase community resilience to hydrological events are encouraged alongside topics about technology that could mitigate the damage caused by severe hydrological events. Abstracts related to local Colorado front range initiatieves are especially encouraged.
  • Putting Heat in the Hot Seat
    • Abstracts and topics exploring how to elevate the seriousness of heat related impacts and give this hazard the "voice" it needs among weather hazards. Topics highlighting effective messaging, availability of heat impact data, forecasting methodologies, outreach efforts, and decision support challenges are encouraged.
  • Smokey Says: Only WRN Can Prevent Wildfire Seasons
    • Abstracts exploring the growing need for more refined and robust subseasonal to seasonal (S2S) fire information, modeling, and tools to better prepare and support public safety officials, forest and emergency managers, operational forecasters, and other stakeholders to more effectively address hazardous fires.
  • Social Vulnerability: Do We Mitigate or Exacerbate?
    • Abstracts addressing social vulnerabilities and examples of mitigation successes and/or a continued lack thereof. Topics highlighting involvement of elected officials, correcting common misconceptions, navigating policy or funding challenges, or outreach/education efforts are encouraged.
  • Weather and Daily Emergencies: Uncovering the Need for Weather Data Access for First Response
    • Abstracts focusing on weather data and information needs of first responders (fire, police, EMS, coast guard/water). Topics should include examples of how these agencies currently obtain weather information both in routine and non-routine operations and any resources or platforms in development or currently available that could serve those needs. Speakers/authors from various first-response or non-weather agencies or organizations are encouraged. 
  • Weather Ready by River, Stream, or Sea
    • Abstracts exploring topics on marine products and water-related safety successes and failures, weather-related and boat-related educational outreach, and the concept of recording marine-based LSRs to determine product success or impact.  Topics also emphasizing a need for diverse partnership building are also requested, especially with first response agencies, businesses, and nonprofits.   
  • WRN: Whole Community or Most Community
    • Abstracts and topics related to preparedness programs and actions for the whole community are the focus. Interested topics include participation and engagement of the access and fuctional needs community as well as the inclusion of needs in government (evacuation, shelter, AFN planning needs) and private sector plans and programs. Abstracts that give the AFN community a voice and a platform to critique current preparedness methods in meteorology and emergency management will be prioritized in this session.

Joint Sessions

  • Atmospheric Rivers: Processes, Impacts, and Communicating Uncertainly (Joint between the 36th Conference of Climate Variability and Change and the 11th Symposium on Building a Weather-Ready Nation: Enhancing Our Nation's Readiness, Responsiveness, and Resilience to High Impact Weather Events)
  • Extreme Climate Anomalies during 2021 and 2022: Attributions, Impacts, Predictions, and Decision Support Services (Joint between the 36th Conference on Climate Variability and Change and the 11th Symposium on Building a Weather-Ready Nation: Enhancing Our Nation's Readiness, Responsiveness, and Resilience to High Impact Weather Events)
  • Informal Weather Education Outreach (Joint between the 32nd Conference on Education and the 11th Symposium on Building a Weather-Ready Nation: Enhancing Our Nation's Readiness, Responsiveness, and Resilience to High Impact Weather Events)

Conference Contacts

For additional information, please contact the program chairs: Trevor Boucher (trevor.boucher@noaa.gov), Dave Jones (dave@stormcenter.com), Jennifer Sprague-Hilderbrand (jennifer.sprague@noaa.gov), and Ashley Morris (aemorrisem@gmail.com).