24th Symposium on Meteorological Observation and Instrumentation

Abstract Information

Abstracts are closed! The deadline was 31 August 2023 at 11:59 PM EDT.

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

The 24th Symposium on Meteorological Observation and Instrumentation is sponsored by the American Meteorological Society and organized by the AMS Committee on Measurements.

Call for Papers

Papers for the 24th Symposium on Meteorological Observation and Instrumentation are being solicited on:

  • Environmental Sustainability of Observing Systems and Methods: A Paradigm Shift for Weather and Climate Monitoring
  • Innovative Technological Advances for Mesoscale Observing Systems
  • Marine fog field campaigns, Including Fatima
  • Multi-instrument observations of the planetary boundary layer
  • Intercomparison, Calibration and Uncertainties of Instrumentation
  • Observations of Boundary Layer Processes Over Drylands
  • Methodologies and software for Data Fusion and Analytics
  • Integrated Measurement Systems for Informing Operations and Decision Making, Including Extreme Events
  • Emerging Measurement Technologies and Data Visualization Methods
  • Frontiers in Measurement of Fire Weather and Wildfires
  • Innovative Tropical Cyclone Observing Systems and Technologies
  • The Role of Community Weather in the Weather Enterprise
  • Integrating Uncrewed Aerial Systems (UAS) into Meteorology 
  • Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere 
  • Results from Recent Field Projects 
  • Integrating Uncrewed Aerial Systems (UASs) into Meteorology 
  • Low-Cost Sensors and Imagers 
  • Techniques and Methodologies for Multi-Scale Micrometeorology
  • Engagement Opportunities and New Horizons in Observational Research. Career Pathway Discussions



Joint Sessions

  • (Joint Session) Integration of instrumentation/data in forecasting and numerical weather prediction simulations.

Joint session with WAF/2nd Symposium on the Future of Weather, Forecasting, and Practice

This proposed session topic will include joint sessions with SMOI committee on the integration of instrumentation/data (i.e. ground based measurements, remote sensing, UAS, etc) in forecasting and numerical weather prediction simulations. Ideally talks focused on benefits/pitfalls of integrating the additional data in forecasting decisions or NWP simulations or comparing forecasts/NWP simulations with the added data to forecasts/NWP simulations without the additional data.

  • (Joint Session) Advances in Micrometeorological Measurements of Trace Gas Fluxes.

Jointly sponsored by the AMS Measurements Committee and the AMS Board on Atmospheric Biogeosciences

Accurate measurements of particulate matter and trace gasses, such as carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, methane, ammonia, ozone, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), are increasingly important for a broad range of research and operation applications ranging from determining the transport and fate of agricultural emissions to predicting the impacts of a changing climate. Nonetheless, collecting in-situ measurements of trace gas and particulate matter fluxes via eddy covariance, relaxed eddy accumulation, and other micrometeorological approaches remains challenging. This session will assess the state of the art of trace gas and particulate flux measurements by considering both recent advances in instrumentation and post-processing methods and their practical application in the field. Presentations regarding established and novel techniques and their use in the field are welcome.

  • (Joint Session) Toward a Unified Monitoring, Measurements, Reporting, and Verification (MMRV) Framework for GHG Mitigation and Carbon Removal

Joint session with the 19th Symposium on Societal Impacts

According to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Synthesis Report (2023), achieving net zero CO2 or greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions requires two key actions: (i) substantial and rapid reduction of GHG emissions from all sectors as soon as possible; and (ii) deployment of carbon dioxide removal (CDR) methods to counterbalance hard-to-abate residual emissions from sectors such as agriculture, aviation, shipping, and industrial processes.

To achieve fair and equitable climate solutions, it is crucial to have direct and uniform monitoring, measurement, reporting, and verification (MMRV) of carbon and GHGs based on the best available science. This will enable us to remove or reduce emissions effectively. Furthermore, such direct approaches can inform policies, markets, and innovations that will help address global climate challenges and fairly reward all entities, regardless of their size, for their efforts in carbon reduction and removal.

This session aims to showcase the latest research, practices, and strategies related to carbon removal (CDR) and greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation, with a focus on monitoring, measurements, reporting, and verification (MMRV). We welcome abstracts on nature-based and/or technological CDR and GHG mitigation research, as well as approaches, societal applications, and governance. Our goal is to facilitate the development of innovative and timely strategies for multi-agency partnerships with the non-federal sector, including foundations, industries, venture capitalists, non-profits, universities, and states. Additionally, we encourage submissions on topics such as the use of in-situ and remote sensing measurements of CO2 fluxes for agricultural or forest carbon sequestration and offsets, as well as monitoring CH4 fluxes for leak quantification from storage systems or for optimization of landfill management.

How can we achieve efficient and effective carbon removal and GHG reduction at a scale that can realistically accelerate the transition toward a carbon-negative future? What steps can this community take to support the development of a robust, scalable, and credible near-real-time carbon and GHG MMRV? These discussions aim to sustain the public discourse on the need for a unified and standardized MMRV framework for GHG mitigation and carbon removal.

  • (Joint Session) Toward a Unified Monitoring, Measurements, Reporting, and Verification (MMRV) Framework for GHG Mitigation and Carbon Removal

Joint session with the 33rd Education Conference

Geosciences has a history of exclusion and marginalization of underrepresented and underserved groups. The proposed joint session will focus on the importance of engaging and training early career professionals and students on using various techniques, methods including remote sensing observations, field and ground based measurements for better understanding of the atmospheric and oceanic changes and impacts on climate and weather events that influences the earth's ecosystem and society. 

Results from various field campaigns, observations, particularly that engages students and early career opportunities and experiential training are encouraged to be presented. 

The session also encourages submissions from AEROMMA 2018 and 2023 campaigns and other such regional fields measurement studies that brings various federal, state, local governments, academia, communities and citizen scientists together for better understanding of the regional impacts in the context of climate change.

  • Innovative Technological Advances for Mesoscale Observing Systems (Joint between the 12th Symposium on the Weather, Water, and Climate Enterprise and the 24th Symposium on Meteorological Observation and Instrumentation)

Student Award Opportunities

Paper Awards

The Committee on Measurements welcomes abstract submissions from undergraduate and post-graduate students. Awards will recognize two outstanding presentations given by students in each of the oral and poster mediums. Students must be enrolled at a college or university and must be the lead author or presenter of the work. Registrants should indicate their eligibility for student awards when submitting their abstracts. Award recipients will be informed of the committee's decision February 2024.

Travel Awards 

The Committee on Measurements is also awarding one travel grant of $1000 to attend the AMS 104th Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD January 28 - February 1 2024. To apply, students (Undergraduate and Post-Graduate) should prepare a short written statement (no more then one page) declaring their financial need and circumstance, relevance of their research to the conference, how they will benefit from attending the conference and a copy of their abstract for the meeting. Students who wish to apply must submit their application to the program chairs ([email protected] and [email protected]).

Deadline for applications: October 13 2023

Recipients will be notified on or before: November 1 2023

Conference Contacts

For additional information, please contact the program chairs: Udaysankar Nair ([email protected]) and Michelle Spencer ([email protected])