The theme for the 2014 American Meteorological Society (AMS) Annual Meeting is “Extreme Weather—Climate and the Built Environment: New perspectives, opportunities, and tools.” Herein, we broadly define weather and climate extreme events to include, but not be limited to, severe storms, tornados, tropical cyclones, floods, winter storms, drought, temperature extremes, derechos, aircraft turbulence, wildfires, extreme solar activity, and ocean-land responses (e.g. storm surges, landslides, debris flows). Our society is a “built environment,” increasingly connected by cyber, energy, water, transportation, health, social, and other infrastructures—one that interacts with the natural environment through ecosystem functions supplied by wetlands, barrier islands, etc. The sustainability of this built environment and stewardship of our natural ecosystems are clearly related to quality of life. The theme is designed to explore the aforementioned “focal point” combining scientific inquiry, technological advances, societal implications, and public awareness through the lens of past, current, and future extreme weather and climate events.
1) The 12th History Symposium solicits contributions for its general session relating to the overarching theme of the Annual Meeting: Extreme Weather — Climate and the Built Environment. Topics should be analyzed through the lens of history.
2) The 11th Symposium on Urban Environment and the 12th History Symposium solicit contributions for joint session(s) on the history of urban climate research. Topics include, but are not limited to early years of urban climate research, early applications of urban climate research to real urban areas, history and future of urban observations and urban models.
The meeting will be held 2-6 February 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. The deadline for abstract submission is 1 August 2013. Please view the American Meteorological Society website for more details.