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2014 AMS Meetings



AMS Summer Community Meeting, 11-13 August, 2014, State College, PA
      The Summer Community Meeting, sponsored by the American Meteorological Society, will be held 11-13 August, 2014 at The Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA. The conference's theme, based on idea submissions soliciting in December and January, is "Improving Forecasts and Forecast Communication." This conference is organized by the AMS Commission on Weather and Climate Enterprise's Board on Enterprise Communication, in conjunction with a local organizing committee, including faculty and students from The Pennsylvania State University, State University of New York at Oneonta, and California University of Pennsylvania as well as employees of the local office of the NWS and AccuWeather, Inc. Preliminary programs, registration, hotel, and general information will be posted on the AMS Web site in early June, 2014.
      This year the conference is highly forward thinking, focusing on improving weather forecasts and forecast communication. The meeting, in part, builds from the AMS Forecast Improvement Group, with a focus on improving observation systems and modeling, working with the best capabilities from the public, private and academic sectors. Communicating uncertainty and assuring that forecasts are communicated in a manner that supports responsible decision making will be discussed in sessions ranging from how the professional meteorologist interprets the myriad of information to how the public responds to the range of information arriving from traditional media outlets, social media and official warning systems.
      All sessions will be plenary panels with a focus on discussions both among panelists and with the attendees. There will be plenty of opportunities to interact with colleagues, meet some of the region's most dedicated students and help identify community priorities for improving weather forecasts and the communication of those forecasts.
Keynote addresses by Joel Myers of AccuWeather, Inc, Eric Barron, President of Penn State, and Louis Uccellini, Director of NWS, will be part of the highlights for the three days.
      For additional information, please contact the chair, Betsy Weatherhead ( (7/14)



16th Conference on Mountain Meteorology, 18-22 August 2014
      The 16th Conference on Mountain Meteorology, sponsored by the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and organized by the AMS Committee on Mountain Meteorology, will be held in San Diego, CA at the Catamaran Resort San Diego ( Hotel information will be posted soon, preliminary programs, registration, hotel, and general information will be posted in Late May (
      Papers and posters for this conference are solicited on all aspects of weather and climate over complex topography, including but not limited to:

  • • Stable and convective orographic precipitation
    • Boundary layers and turbulence in complex terrain
    • Slope flows and cold pools
    • Mountain air quality and chemistry
    • The effect of the planetary boundary layer on aerosol and chemical measurements at high-elevation sites
    • Mountain waves, rotors, and terrain induced windstorms
    • Barrier jets and their impacts
    • Mountain climate and climate change
    • NWP and data assimilation in complex terrain
    • Influence of terrain on meso- and synoptic scale predictability
    • Wind resource assessment in complex terrain
    • Hydrological processes in complex terrain
    • Water-vapor transport in complex terrain
    • Lake breezes, land/sea breezes, and other complex-topography effects
    • Results from recent field campaigns: HyMeX, Materhorn, HMT, DeepWave, CalWater, etc.

      The deadline for abstracts has passed. Authors of accepted presentations will be notified via e-mail in late-May. Instructions for formatting extended abstracts will be posted on the AMS website. These extended abstracts (file size up to 10 MB) must be submitted electronically by 22 September 2014. All abstracts, extended abstracts, and presentations will be made available on the AMS website.
      For further information, please contact the program co-chairs: Daniel Kirshbaum (, F. Martin (Marty) Ralph ( (3/14)



19th Biennial Joint AMS/AGU Heads and Chairs Meeting: Best Practices: Meeting the Challenges Facing Academic Geoscience Programs, 16–17 October 2014, Boulder, CO
      The 2014 AMS/AGU Joint Heads and Chairs Meeting will highlight successful approaches to handle the complex issues commonly faced by academic programs in the geosciences. Sessions will include best practices for: involving contingent (e.g., non-tenured or adjunct) faculty; balancing lecture-based vs. flipped, online and massive open online courses; reducing risks and liabilities related to field trips and field campaigns; and expanding funding opportunities beyond traditional sources. Invited presentations and panel discussions will focus on these topics as well as job market trends, employers’ perspectives on the skills of recent geoscience graduates, and the upcoming 2015 revision of the AMS Statement on the Bachelor’s Degree in Atmospheric Science.
      For further information, contact co-chairs Richard Wagner, or John Horel,





27th Conference on Severe Local Storms, 3–7 November 2014, Madison, WI

     27th Conference on Severe Local Storms, 3–7 November 2014, Madison, WI The 27th Conference on Severe Local Storms, sponsored by the AMS and organized by the AMS Committee on Severe Local Storms, will be held 3–7 November 2014 at the Madison Concourse Hotel in Madison, WI. Basic hotel and travel information will appear on the AMS web site soon. The full conference program, registration, and full general information will appear on the AMS web site ( by mid-August 2014.

     Oral and poster presentations are solicited on all topics related to severe local storms. Presentations on results from field programs (e.g., MPEX, DC3, VORTEX2) and other observational campaigns, high impact severe convective weather events, assimilation of data into numerical models for the analysis and prediction of severe convective weather, and studies of the societal impacts of severe local storms, are particularly encouraged. Additionally, special sessions are being planned with a focus on the Enhanced Fujita Scale and its applications, the past, present and future of in situ and remote instrumentation in severe weather research, advancements in numerical weather prediction of severe local storms and the 31 May 2013 El Reno, Oklahoma Tornadoes.

     The deadline for abstracts has passed. Authors are encouraged to submit an extended electronic manuscript (see below) to supplement their presentations at no extra cost. Authors may indicate their preference for an oral or poster presentation during abstract submission; those authors presenting more than one paper should clearly indicate which they prefer for a possible oral presentation. Please note that some abstracts may not be accepted, depending on program constraints, relevance and merit of subject matter. In any such cases the abstract fee will be refunded. Conference awards will be given for the best oral and poster presentations by first-time student presenters. Registrants should indicate their eligibility for student awards when submitting their abstracts. Funding for student travel will be available with more information in a separate announcement.
      Authors of accepted presentations will be notified via e-mail by mid- August 2014. These authors are strongly encouraged to submit an extended abstract electronically prior to the start of the conference, but
manuscripts will be accepted through the electronic submission system through 7 December 2014. Instructions for formatting extended abstracts (PDF format, up to 10 MB in size) will be posted on the AMS web site. All abstracts, extended abstracts and presentations will be available on the AMS web site at no cost.

     A session for presenting photos and videos is planned for Tuesday evening. Participants who are interested in contributing their images or video should contact Robin Tanamachi ( or Dan Dawson (

     For additional information please contact either of the program chairs: Curtis Alexander,, NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory, 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305, or Karen Kosiba,, CSWR, 3394 Airport Road, Boulder, CO 80301. (6/14)



2014 Meetings of Interest



Call for Papers

16th Annual High Plains Conference, 6–7 August 2014, Hastings, Nebraska
      The 16th Annual High Plains Conference, sponsored by the High Plains Chapter of the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association, will be held 6–7 August 2014 on the campus of Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska. The conference will feature daytime oral presentations and invited speakers.
      Oral and poster presentations are solicited on all topics related to weather that affects the Central and High Plains regions of the U.S. In addition, presentations on decision support services, weather-related sociology, and the use of geographic information systems and social media are also welcomed. Please note if you have a preference for an oral or poster presentation.
      Abstracts are now being accepted and may be sent to The abstract deadline is 4 July 2014. The abstract should be in MS-Word format and no more than one page in length. National Weather Service employees are reminded to have their Science and Operations Officer review the abstract in accordance with NWSPD-100 (Clearance for NWS Employee Papers). Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified via email no later than 11 July 2014.
      University students are encouraged to submit abstracts. The registration fee is waived by the Chapter for students who present at the conference, and up to $1000 has been set aside for the top student presentations.
Preliminary program, registration, hotel, and general information will be forthcoming on the High Plains Chapter website ( and on the Chapter Facebook page (High Plains Chapter of the AMS and NWA). Please contact Jeff Halblaub ( or Joe Guerrero ( with any questions. (4/14)





20th International Congress of Biometeorology, 28 September–2 October 2014, Cleveland, Ohio
      The International Society of Biometeorology will hold its 20th International Congress of Biometeorology (ICB2014) in Cleveland, Ohio, USA from 28 September–1 October 2014
      ICB2014 is co-sponsored by the American Meteorological Society (AMS). ICB2014 embraces all areas of biometeorology, with a focus primarily on the theme "Adaptation to Climate Risks". Over the past two decades, climate and meteorological science has been increasingly integrated with biological, ecological, and social science to develop more sophisticated means to identify climatological risks and to provide the operational framework to deal with these risks on biota, from microorganisms to humans. This has led to unprecedented cooperation between atmospheric and social scientists from a broad array of disciplines. The theme reflects local and regional environmental priorities, and fosters an international comparison of risk analyses and associated intervention and evaluation activities.
      Among the general paper and poster sessions, there will be a number of symposia, including:

  • • Heat Stress in Domestic Animals: New Technologies and Approaches
    • Neighborhood scale health and atmospheric hazards research: new data sources and field technologies
    • Students and New Professionals in the Biometeorological Community: Professional Development
    • Public Health Science and Bioclimatology: Toward a More Efficient Collaboration
    • General focuses of paper sessions will include the following:
    • human health challenges in a world with increasing climate variations
    • extreme event warning methodology and implementation
    • national and local governmental responses to potential climate risk
    • climate challenges in the developing world
    • risk communication
    • historical trend analysis and an evaluation of changes in extreme event frequencies
    • Universal Thermal Climate Index
    • phenological evaluation of climate change and variability
    • climate and tourism
    • animal response and adaptation to a changing climate
    • aerobiology and human health
    • aging in a changing climate
    • water-borne disease and climate
    • agriculture and forest biometeorology

     Several keynote speakers will be featured, including:

  • • Andrew Curtis, Kent State University: “Mapping Challenging Environments: How can mobile geospatial technologies be used to support intervention strategies in Crime, Disaster, Epidemic, and Informal landscapes?”
    • Kifle Gebremedhin, Cornell University: “Bio-Energetics of Animals and Novel Ways of Cooling High-Producing Dairy Cows during Thermal Stress”
    • Geoffrey Henebry, South Dakota State University: “Observing Land Surface Phenologies: Back to the future with the planetary microscope”
    • Jason Samenow, Washington Post: “Risk communication: New and innovative ways of reaching the masses in the digital era, and lessons learned”
    • Jose Szapocznik, University of Miami: “Neighborhood walkability, behavior and health and possible implications toward improving the urban environment”

      The website will serve as the official site of the conference. Updates will be posted regularly, as the agenda and activities develop, and you can join a mailing list to stay current of developments.
The deadline for abstracts has passed. Authors of accepted presentations will be notified via e-mail in June 2014. Registration for the conference will begin in June 2014.
      All abstracts, manuscripts and PowerPoint presentations will be available on the AMS Web site at no cost. This conference will not be recording the presentations on-site.
      Two workshops will precede the conference. GIS and biometeorology will take place on Saturday, 27 September, and Students and new professionals will take place on Sunday, 28 September. The regular conference program will begin Sunday evening, 28 September, and end Wednesday afternoon, 1 October and will be held at the Embassy Suites Cleveland-Rockside. Thursday, 2 October is an optional excursion day following the regular conference to the Amish Country of Ohio. An optional conference dinner on Tuesday, 30 September will be held at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and include private access to all galleries.
      We look forward to your participation in ICB2014. Questions may be sent to Scott Sheridan (Chair of the ICB2014 Organizing Committee) at (11/13; r7/14)



14th Annual Meeting of the European Meteorological Society (EMS) and the 10th European Conference on Applied Climatology (ECAC), 6–10 October 2014 in Prague, Czech Republic
      The EMS & ECAC 2014 will be held 6–10 October 2014 in Prague, Czech Repbulc. The conference theme will be Creating climate services through partnerships.
      The session programme consists of the following programme groups: Monitoring climate and climate change (MC); Understanding processes and climate change (UC); Research and services for socio-economic sectors (SE); Communication and education (CE); Numerical weather prediction (NWP); and The atmospheric system and its interactions (ASI)
      Facilities will be available for groups wishing to hold side meetings. Please use the request form at the conference site The Deadline for abstract submissionshas passed.. (4/14)



Climate Research and Earth Observations from Space: Climate Information for Decision Making, 13–17 October 2014, Darmstadt, Germany
      The main goal of the symposium is to provide a forum for discussing the current state of climate science and climate observations in order to evaluate recent achievements, ascertain critical objectives to be achieved with satellite-based climate information, and identify gaps in the current space-based component of the climate observing system. A major topic that will be discussed is the proposed Architecture for sustained Climate Monitoring from Space that has been developed under the auspices of the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS), the Coordination Group of Meteorological Satellites (CGMS) and WMO.
      Beyond the monitoring of the current state of the Climate System, the conference will also consider how Earth observation contributes to future developments in climate prediction and climate change projection. The symposium and the follow-on activities are expected to benefit climate-related risk management, and help to underpin the development of responsible and affordable climate change mitigation and adaptation options. A key aspect will be the detection and attribution of climate change beyond the basic variables.
      The symposium will also benefit climate science by putting in motion a process for creating a joint action plan for the planning and development of an international space-based climate observing system that will be responsive to the current and emerging needs in the areas of climate research, modelling and services (i.e. Global Framework for Climate Services).
      The daily scientific themes are organised around the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) Grand Science Challenges of:

• clouds, circulation and climate sensitivity;
• the changing water cycle;
• the cryosphere in a warming world;
• ocean circulation and regional sea level rise;
• prediction and attribution of extremes: from climate to weather;
• regional climate variability and change: enabling climate services.

      On par and related to the oral presentations for each daily theme, there will be a set of poster presentations at the symposium, with dedicated times for poster viewing. The best posters and oral presentations for each day/theme by students and early career scientists will be identified and awarded with certificates of recognition and book prizes. The best papers and posters by students and early career scientists, for the entire symposium, will also be recognised with certificates of recognition and prizes.
     The deadline for abstracts has passed. For additional information, please visit the conference Web site at: (3/14; r8/14))




Fifth Tri-State Weather Conference, 18 October 2014, Danbury, CT
      The Fifth Tri-State Weather Conference will be held on Saturday, 18 October 2014, 9:00 a.m. –4 p.m. in the Science Building on the mid-town campus of Western Connecticut State University at 181 White Street in Danbury, Connecticut. The conference is presented by the Meteorology Program at Western Connecticut State University and co-sponsored by the WestConn Student Chapter of the AMS, the New York City/Long Island Chapter of the AMS, NOAA/National Weather Service/Upton, N.Y and NOAA/National Weather Service/Taunton, MA.
      For additional information, please reference the conference Web site at: (7/14)



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NOAA's 39th Climate Diagnostics and Prediction Workshop, 20–23 October 2014, St. Louis, Missouri
      The NOAA's 39th Climate Diagnostics and Prediction Workshop will be held in St. Louis, Missouri during 20–23 October 2014. The workshop will address the status and prospects for advancing climate
prediction, monitoring, and diagnostics, and will focus on five major themes:

1. Prediction, monitoring, and variability of the hydroclimate with an emphasis on the Midwest during the growing season
2. The prediction, attribution, and assessment of extreme events.
3. Subseasonal to interannual predictability
4. Latest developments in models, tools, and techniques in relation to improving climate prediction.
5. Developing applications to improve climate services

      The workshop will be hosted by St. Louis University (SLU) and cohosted by the Climate Prediction Center (CPC) of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP). The American Meteorological Society (AMS) is a cooperating sponsor.
      The workshop will feature daytime oral presentations, invited speakers, and panel discussions with a poster session event on one evening. For students, some travel support and discounted registration might be available if budget allows.
      For more information, please visit the workshop website at or contact Scott Handel (, tel: 301-683-3454) ; JaeKyung Schemm (, tel: 301-683-3392); or Kingtse Mo (, tel: 301-683-3394). (3/14)



Women in Stem Idea Exchange Summit, 21 October 2014, Waltham, MA
      Women in Stem Idea Exchange Summit, 21 October 2014, Center for Women and Business
Bentley University, Waltham, MA
      Held in major business and technology hubs across the US, the Women in STEM summits bring together women in STEM professions:
     For corporations, the Women-in-STEM Idea Exchange Summits provide the opportunity to make one-to-one connections with potential employees, feed mentoring and internship program pipelines, maximize ROI of K-12 STEM investments, increase STEM retention rates, as well as promote internal initiatives in support of women in the workplace.
      For college students, Women-in-STEM Idea Exchange Summits provide a unique opportunity to learn about corporate internships, mentoring programs and the plethora of jobs and rewarding career paths that are open to STEM educated young women. For additional information, please visit the . (7/14)



Call for Papers

15th Northeast Regional Operational Workshop (NROW), 12–13 November 2014, Albany, New York
     The 15th Northeast Regional Operational Workshop (NROW) will be held Wednesday 12 November and Thursday 13 November 2014 at the Nanfab South Auditorium, on the University at Albany Campus, 255 Fuller Road, Albany, New York. The workshop will be co-sponsored by the National Weather Service Office at Albany, New York, and the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences (DAES), University at Albany. The American Meteorological Society is a cooperating organization.
      Papers are welcome on all aspects of Northeast United States and Southeast Canadian operational weather forecasting and should focus on the topics listed. Sessions will focus on, northeast coastal storms, terrain effects, heavy precipitation forecasting, hydrology, northeast severe storms, lake effect, use of high-resolution model data, mesoscale modeling, decision support techniques, enhancement of the digital forecast process, CSTAR funded research, and the integration of new technology into operations. Presentations will only be given in oral form. Conference presentations are preferred in person, but digital presentation and participation will be available via GoTo Meeting.
      Presenters should submit a one page abstract in Microsoft Word, Times New Roman 12 point font. Abstracts that are in other fonts or formats will be returned. Presenters will be expected to upload their complete presentation to the designated website no later than 9am EST Monday 3 November 2014. Website login information for the upload of presentations will be provided to presenters after the abstract deadline in late October 2014.    Presentations must be in Microsoft Powerpoint. Conference presentations will be limited to 40. The Steering Committee reserves the right to decline abstracts that do not address conference foci.
      No registration fee will be charged, however registration is mandatory online at the conference website. Registration will open 1 August 2014, and must be completed by 9pm EST, Monday 3 November 2014. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 4pm EDT Tuesday, 21 October 2014. Abstracts should be submitted electronically as email attachments. Questions should be sent to NROW Steering Committee, c/o Warren R. Snyder, National Weather Service Forecast Office, 251 Fuller Road, Suite B300, Albany, New York 12203, 518-435-9569; e-mail: An abstracts book will only be available online, and should be posted at the conference webpage no later than 7 November 2014. For additional information contact either Warren Snyder or Peggy Kelly, at the address above, or by fax at 518-435-9587; e-mail: For conference information, online registration, hotel, general information refer to Internet address: . There is no designated conference hotel. Hotel arrangements should be made by the attendee. government employees should insure selected hotels accept the government rate. (5/14)



2015 AMS Meetings


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11th Symposium on Fire and Forest Meteorology, 5–7 May 2015, Minneapolis, MN
      The 11th Symposium on Fire and Forest Meteorology, sponsored by the American Meteorological Society and organized by the AMS Committee on Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, will be held 5–7 May 2015 at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis Northstar Hotel, Minneapolis, MN (
      The theme of the symposium will be to share experiences, new techniques and technologies and/or changes in the areas of but not limited to: (1) utilization of weather and climate information in relation to wildland fire; (2) operational forecasting (short- to long-term) of fire weather; (3) model studies and development, including theoretical models, coupled fire-atmosphere models and mesoscale models; (4) use and assessment of meteorological information in fire management planning; (5) decision support tool development; (6) Smoke modeling, management and mitigation; (7) improvements to fire danger and fire behavior systems that utilize meteorology; and (8) field studies of fire-atmosphere interactions.
      Please submit your abstract electronically via the Web by 12 January 2015 (refer to the AMS Web page at for instructions). An abstract fee of $95 (payable by credit card or purchase order) is charged at the time of submission (refundable only if the abstract is not accepted). Authors of accepted presentations will be notified (via e-mail) by the end of February. Authors of invited and accepted papers will still be asked to contribute to the web-based proceedings of the conference by submitting an extended abstract. Instructions for formatting extended abstracts will be posted on the AMS conference website. Extended abstracts (file size up to 10 MB) must be submitted electronically by 4 June 2015. All abstracts, extended abstracts, and presentations will be made available on the AMS website.
       For further program information contact either one of the Program Co-chairpersons: Tim Brown, Desert Research Institute, 2215 Raggio Parkway, Reno, NV 89512-1095 (tel: 775-674-7090; fax: 775-674-7016; e-mail: or Brian Potter, Forestry Sciences Lab, 400 N 34th St., Suite 201, Seattle, WA 98103 (tel: 206-732-7828; fax: 206¬-732-7801; e-mail: (9/14)



Call for Papers

16th Conference on Mesoscale Processes, 3–6 August 2015, Boston, Massachusetts
      The 16th Conference on Mesoscale Processes, sponsored by the American Meteorological Society and organized by the AMS Committee on Mesoscale Processes, will be held 3–6 August 2015 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel in Boston, MA. A preliminary program, along with hotel and registration information, will be posted on the AMS website ( by Mid-May 2015.
      The program committee seeks contributions from all areas of mesoscale meteorology, including observational, theoretical and modelling studies of mesoscale processes (e.g., gravity waves, mesoscale convective systems, mechanically forced flows, tornadoes, orographic precipitation, structure and evolution of tropical cyclones, extratropical systems). We also invite submissions treating high-impact mesoscale events as well as microphysics and aerosols, results from recent testbeds / field experiments (e.g., OWLeS, DEEPWAVE, MPEX, PECAN…), mesoscale predictability, and mesoscale data assimilation.
      The Mesoscale Processes Committee encourages abstract submissions from students for which awards will be given to the best student oral and poster presentations at the conference. Students need to indicate their willingness to be considered for these awards when submitting their abstract by selecting yes to be entered into the competition (this question appears after answering if presented by a student question). The Mesoscale Processes Committee is also offering two student travel awards to help supplement travel expenses. The award is to be used for travel expenses to and from the conference and/or lodging in Boston, MA. To be eligible for a travel award, students must be current AMS student members and have submitted an abstract for presentation at the meeting. Furthermore, the awardees may not receive any concurrent travel support from the AMS (e.g., an AMS travel grant). The selected students will be required to pay for all costs up-front and will be reimbursed by AMS (Brenda Ward, following the conference with proper receipts of approved expenses. To apply please send your CV and a brief (1/2 page) justification to the program chairpersons (contact information located at the end) by the abstract deadline of 6 April 2014.
      AMS policy limits participants to one oral presentation each (you may submit more than one abstract but please note any additional will be assigned as posters). Please submit abstracts via no later than 6 April 2015. A fee of $95.00 (payable by credit card or purchase order) will be charged at the time of submission of each abstract (refundable only if abstract is not accepted). When submitting your abstract, you can indicate whether you prefer a poster or an oral presentation. The availability of oral presentations, however, will depend on the number of submissions.
      Authors of accepted presentations will be notified via e-mail by Mid-May 2015. Instructions for formatting extended abstracts will be posted on the AMS website. These extended abstracts (file size up to 10 MB) must be submitted electronically by 4 September 2015. All abstracts, extended abstracts, and presentations (including the recordings of those who granted permission) will be made available on the AMS website.
      For additional information, please contact the program chairpersons: Susan C. van den Heever (Colorado State University, tel: 970-491-8501, fax: 970-491-8483, email:, or Zhiyong (Ellie) Meng (Peking University, tel: +86-10-62751131, fax: +86-10-6751094, email: (9/14)




2015 Meetings of Interest


Call for Papers

ASABE First Climate Change Symposium: Adaptation and Mitigation, 3–5 May 2015, Chicago, Illinois
      The purpose of this conference is to bring researchers, practitioners and policy makers to a world-wide platform to share research and discuss creative solutions related to global climate change impacts. The conference will emphasize the importance of global climate change impacts on agriculture while covering a range of topics related to climate change impacts on land and water resources.
      Global Climate Change has been related to increases in temperature, prolonged wet and dry hydroperiods, and an increase in climatic extremes. In the US, the recent 2014 US National Climate Assessment report ( recognizes that effects of human-induced climate change are being felt in every corner of the United States, with water growing scarcer in dry regions, torrential rains increasing in wet regions, heat waves becoming more common and more severe, wildfires growing worse, and forests dying under assault from heat-loving insects. Such extreme events are already impacting our ecosystems (e.g., agricultural, urban/suburban, aquatic, wetlands, forests, coastal, etc.). Melting of glaciers, sea level rise, and salt water intrusion in coastal areas are stressing our water resources. Recent literature indicates that to combat climate change, two approaches must be applied, those of adaptation and mitigation. Considering that the impacts of climate change are already being observed, we must develop adaptation strategies to cope with existing impacts while developing mitigation strategies to reduce future impacts. The first day of the symposium will focus on Adaptation to Climate Change while the second will focus on Mitigation of Climate Change.
      The conference will consist of both lecture and poster sessions and include keynote speakers as well as expert panel discussions. Papers will be published as conference proceedings in electronic media and a special issue of Transactions of ASABE developed.
      A short abstract of no more than 250 words maximum should be submitted online by 30 September 2014. Considering the importance of the topic, we urge participants to write clear and informative abstracts describing the need, objectives, methods, results, and application. Selection of abstracts will depend upon the quality of the abstract in relaying the researchers’ findings (e.g., originality, perceived completeness of work, etc…) and its adherence to the submission guidelines (e.g., submission deadline, provisions of contact information, relevance to the symposium topics, etc.). Abstracts must be submitted electronically at the conference website (
      Proposed session topic areas include: Adaptation Strategies; Mitigation Strategies; Ecosystem Health and Ecosystem Services; Agro-Ecosystem Sustainability (Economic, Environmental, and Human Health); Climate Change Modeling and Interface of Climate Models with the Agro-ecosystem models; Uncertainty and Complexity; and Water Resources Policy.
      For additional information, please contact Darrin Drollinger (e-mail:



Workshop on Meteorological Sensitivity Analysis and Data Assimilation, 1–5 June 2015, Roanoke, West Virginia
      The Workshop on Meteorological Sensitivity Analysis and Data Assimilation, cosponsored by Morgan Sate University, Baltimore Maryland, the U. S. National Science Foundation, and the Global Modeling and Assimilation Office at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, will be held 1–5 June 2015 at the Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, West Virginia. This is the 10th in the series of "Adjoint Workshops" that began in 1992. It is intended to provide public evaluation of new works, reviews of techniques, and tutorials on fundamentals. Historically, more than half of each workshop has been devoted to data assimilation issues. Presentations from oceanography, geo-sciences, or engineering are welcome as are applications of techniques that do not include adjoint models but concern the applications to which they may otherwise apply. Opportunities for oral and poster presentations will be available. Unlike at larger meetings, all presenters will be instructed to "teach us something that you have learned" rather than to "advertise to us what you have done." The audience will be provided ample time and encouragement to critique and discuss all presentations. Further information and a call for abstracts will be posted to the workshop website ( and emailed to interested persons in the fall of 2014.
      Funds will be available for a limited number of students and postdocs to provide partial travel support (primarily the local expenses). A brief set of pre-workshop tutorials describing some fundamentals not generally presented elsewhere will be offered on 31 May to help novices in the field to spin up their understanding. Workshop supported students and postdocs will be expected to attend these tutorials. If you are a student or postdoc requesting travel support from the workshop, please contact the workshop chair by 15 December 2014, and include the name of your institution, (expected) degree date, and topic of study.
      For additional information or to receive future emails regarding the workshop, please contact the workshop chair, Dr. Ronald Errico (email:, tel: 301-614-6402) or visit the conference Web site at: (9/14)





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