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2014 Washington Forum Sponsors



AMS Washington Forum

21–23 April 2014
AAAS Building, Washington, DC

2015 Theme


The 2015 AMS Washington Forum will focus on end users of weather, water and climate data, returning to the theme of past years’ User Forum events conducted by the AMS. As the enterprise evolves and adapts to changes in budgets and cost-sharing paradigms, heightened attention to the needs of its end users is key to success for all stakeholders. Particular attention must be given to key areas of industry, such as health and the various modes of transportation. The 2015 forum will promote dialogue between the enterprise and its end users toward that end.

Keynote Speaker

•   Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere

Dinner Speaker

  • Dr. Antonio Busalacchi, Director, Earth System Science, Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC), University of Maryland at College Park.

Additional Session Topics


The Board on Enterprise Economic Development, part of the AMS Commission on the Weather and Climate Enterprise.

Program Committee Chair

Shawn W. Miller

Program Committee Members

Mike Anderson, Kris Ebi, Pam Emch, Tom Fahy, Mary Glackin, David Green, Michelle Hawkins, John Haynes, Jim Koermer, John Lasley, Renee Leduc-Clarke, Sue Haupt, Melinda Marquis, Angel McCoy, Marjorie McGuirk, Matt Parker, Kevin Petty, Gary Rasmussen, Tim Schneider, Keith Seitter, Bill Sprigg, and David Titley


To provide an opportunity for members of the weather, water, and climate community to meet with senior Federal agency officials, Congressional staff, and other community members to hear about the status of current programs, learn about new initiatives, discuss issues of interest to our community, identify business opportunities, and speak out about data and other needs.

Who Should Attend

All members of the weather, water, and climate community are encouraged to attend, as well as end users of weather, water, and climate information.

Forum Location: AAAS Building

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Building is located at 1200 New York Avenue NW, Washington D.C.
(1.5 blocks from Metro Center Station)

Chatham House Rule
The AMS 2014 Washington Forum will be held under a modification of the Chatham House Rule, which will be strictly enforced:

Participants are free to use the information received at the Forum, but public attribution of remarks from panelists, speaker(s) and participants is not permitted. The only exception to this rule is information contained in charts posted to the AMS website after the event, for which the owner of the charts must provide explicit approval to the AMS.

The Chatham House Rule originated at Chatham House with the aim of providing anonymity to speakers and to encourage openness and the sharing of information. It is now used throughout the world as an aid
to free discussion. Meetings do not have to take place at Chatham House, or be organized by Chatham House, to be held under the Rule.


There are two ways to register for the AMS 2014 Washington Forum:

1) Online Registration

2) On-Site registration. The AMS 2014 Washington Forum registration desk at the AAAS Building will be open for registration starting 1 hour prior to the start of the Forum and will remain open throughout the Forum.

Conference Registration rates







By 12 March

After 12 March & OnSite

By 12 March

After 12 March & OnSite

AMS (Full or Associate) Member Attendee






Non-Member Attendee






FULL CONFERENCE REGISTRATION includes: your badge (must be worn at all times in the meeting room), a program, admission to the Forum Dinner on Tues. evening, and for each of three days: admission to the meeting, a light breakfast, a lunch, and two refreshment breaks.

ONE (1) – DAY CONFERENCE REGISTRATION includes: your badge (must be worn at all times in the meeting room), a program, and for any one day: admission to the meeting, a light breakfast, a lunch, and two refreshment breaks. [Tickets to the dinner banquet on Tuesday evening are not included and may be purchased separately for $45.]

REGISTRATION WILL NOT BE PROCESSED WITHOUT PAYMENT. Payment may be made with check, money order, purchase order, or credit card (MasterCard/VISA/American Express). Checks must be drawn on a U.S. bank and payable in U.S. dollars. Refunds (less a $25 processing fee) will be granted only for cancellations received by Monday, 24 March.

AMS Washington Forum Dinner (Tues.)

On Tuesday evening, the Forum Dinner will be held at the Marriott Metro Center in Grand Ballroom A (5 12th Street NW, just across the street from the AAAS Building). A reception gathering will start at 6:00pm, followed by dinner at 7:00pm.

A ticket is included in each full-week Forum registration package. Tickets for one-day registration package-holders and/or guests may be purchased for $45 in advance or on-site, space-permitting.

For special meal requests (dinner will be a buffet with vegetarian options), please contact Cara Campbell no less than 2 weeks prior to the dinner at


Attendees are responsible for making their own hotel arrangements.

A small block of rooms have been set aside at the Washington Marriott Metro Center (across the street from the AAAS Building) for Forum attendees at a special rate of $249 plus tax. To receive the special meeting rate, attendees must request a room under the AMS block by Friday, 7 March.

Washington Marriott at Metro Center, 775 12th Street NW
On-line Reservations:
Direct Phone: (202) 737-2200

Other nearby hotel options include:

-  The Hilton Garden Inn, 815 14th Street NW
(202) 783-7800
-  The Grand Hyatt Washington, 1000 H Street NW
(202) 582-1234




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