18th Symposium on Societal Applications: Policy, Research and Practice

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.

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The 18th Symposium on Societal Applications: Policy, Research and Practice is sponsored by the American Meteorological Society and organized by the AMS Board on Societal Impacts.

Call for Papers

Papers for the 18th Symposium on Societal Applications: Policy, Research and Practice are solicited on the following:

  • Sharing is Caring: Finding and Leveraging Social Science Data Across the Public, Private, and Academic Sectors to Measure the Mission of the Weather, Water, and Climate Enterprise
  • Too Much of a Good Thing or Can’t Get Enough? A Growing Need to Coordinate SBES Field Research and Data Collection 
  • Adapting to a Changing Climate: Identifying Research and Support Needs for Effective R2O
  • Climate Change, Extreme Weather, and Public Health
  • Collaborating for Change: Better Decisions Through Diverse, Increased, and Expanded Coordination
  • Data Management and Ethical Commitment in Qualitative Research
  • Dissecting a Successful Community of Practice: Understanding the Data Life-Cycle and the Roles of those Involved.
  • Engaging Vulnerable Populations and At-Risk Groups in Community-Driven Research
  • Fifth National Climate Assessment: Updates and Opportunities for the AMS Community
  • From data systems to decisions: Synthesizing data, models, and results to produce actionable Earth Science information
  • Inclusive Risk Communication: Understanding the Communities We Serve
  • Other Topics on Societal Applications: Policy, Research and Practice
  • Perspectives on the 2022 UN Conference of Parties (COP) 27
  • Planning for Climate Induced Human Mobility and Migration
  • Planning for Long-Term Change in a Short-Term World
  • Psychosocial Health and Extreme Events: Minding Mental and Social Health Related to Climate Change and Weather
  • Risk Communication in the Weather Forecast and Warning Process
  • The Data In Us: A Roundtable Discussion Of Data Practices, Ethics, And (In)Equity
  • Translating climate science into action with the USDA Climate Hubs
  • Urban Climate Modeling: Approaches and Tools For Pathways To Societal Resilience And Adaptation
  • Weather-Ready Nation: Measuring Progress and Value across the Enterprise

Student Award Opportunities

Members of the Symposium for Societal Applications encourage students to submit their posters and oral presentations for consideration for awards granted by the Symposium for Societal Applications. A total of six awards will be distributed for oral presentations (1st ($80), 2nd ($50), 3rd ($25) place) and poster presentations (1st ($75), 2nd ($50), and 3rd ($25) place). We especially encourage topics that speak to the goals of the Symposium and connect with the overall conference theme.


A subcommittee will evaluate presentations and recommend winners based on criteria that include (1) Quality of the research being conducted (e.g. research design, methods, reporting of results); (2) Relevance of research to the Symposium and conference theme; (3) Quality of oral or poster presentation design (e.g. clear slides, understandable graphics, readability of text); and (4) Communication skills (e.g. engaging the audience, pacing of presentation, ability to answer Q&As).


To be eligible for the presentation awards, you must be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student enrolled at a university at the time of abstract submission, and you also must be the lead author, personally presenting the work.


Program chairs organizing the Symposium for Societal Applications will also be granting two travel allowances ($195 each) for students or early career professionals. Interested applicants should submit a one-page statement describing 1) how attending the 2022 AMS conference would benefit their academic or professional career and 2) how their academic or professional career activities support the mission of the Board on Societal Impacts (BSI), which sponsors the Societal Applications Symposium. The BSI mission is described here. Applications are due to Rick Smith ([email protected]), or Jamie Vickery ([email protected]) by Monday November 1, 2022.


Conference Contacts

For additional information, please contact the program chairs: Rick Smith ([email protected]) and Jamie Vickery ([email protected]).