NCAR & UCAR at AMS 2014

UCAR at AMS 2014: AMS iconExtreme Weather, Climate, and the Built Environment:
New Perspectives Opportunities, and Tools

We're looking forward to seeing many colleagues and friends at the 2014 meeting of the American Meteorological Society, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, February 1–6, 2014. In addition to all the talks and poster sessions by NCAR and UCAR Community Programs people, here are some ways to connect with us:

Student Conference


Workshops, Town Halls, Featured Sessions
  Teacher Workshop on Weather & the Built Environment
  The Federal Policy Landscape
  Presidential Town Hall: Adapting to the New Normal
  Requestable Observing Facilities
  The Sun-Earth Connection
  Science with a Vengeance: Who Were the First U.S. Space Scientists?

Walter Orr Roberts Lecture

Exhibit Hall Booths

Social Media

Student Conference

Get the Most out of this Conference: How to Develop Yourself as a Professional

Saturday, February 1
9:30 - 10:30 am
Georgia Ballroom 3, Georgia World Congress Center

Meet UCAR President Tom Bogdan, whose Session 2 talk will ask: Where are your business cards?

>> more about the 13th Annual Student Conference


Sunday, February 2
12:00 – 4:00 pm
Hall C3, Georgia World Congress Center

A free, interactive science and weather fair for children and youth of all ages. Come discover more than 65 cool and interactive science exhibits with experiments, educational information, career guides, and much more from scientists and teachers from all over the nation. UCAR is sponsoring WeatherFest Passports, diffraction glasses for all visitors, event photography, and the 2014 WeatherFest promotional video. Be sure to stop by and say hello!

Spark: NCAR & UCAR Science Education - WeatherFest Booth 1015

Hosted by Spark staff and SOARS protégés and alumni

>> more about Weatherfest

Workshops, Town Halls, Special Sessions

Teacher Workshop on Weather and the Built Environment

Saturday, February 1
8:00am – 4:30pm
International Ballroom B & C, Omni at CNN Center

For 4th–9th grade educators from the Atlanta metro area and  interested educators from other states attending the conference. Join UCAR's Teri Eastburn and Bob Henson for a session on hurricane storm surges, climate connections, and more. Registration required.

>> more information and workshop agenda

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A Tour of the Federal Policy Landscape for the AMS Community (Session)

Monday, February 3
4:00 - 5:30 pm
Room C107, Georgia World Congress Center

Join panelists Michael Henry (UCAR Government Relations), Paul Higgins (AMS Policy Program) Michael Clark (OMB NOAA Examiner), Dan Pearson (Democratic Staff Director, Subcommittee on Oversight, House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology), and Kimberly Klockow, (AMS/UCAR Congressional Science Fellow) for a tour of policy and policy makers affecting atmospheric science.

>> more about this session

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Adapting to the New Normal—Building, Sustaining, and Improving our Weather and Climate Hazard Resilience (Presidential Town Hall)

Monday, February 3
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Room C111, Georgia World Congress Center

The evening will feature two preeminent speakers: FEMA Administrator W. Craig Fugate and Professor Donald Wuebbles. Professor Wuebbles will first present the principal findings of the recent major international IPCC assessment report, of which he is a coordinating lead author. Special guest speaker Craig Fugate will then provide practical perspectives on disaster risk management and  preparedness now and into the future. Attendees will also have a chance to see the ultra-fine resolution simulation of the evolution of Hurricane Sandy as it approached and made landfall, with catastrophic impacts over the northeastern United States created by a team of researchers from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), and Cray Inc.

>> more about the Presidential Town Hall

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Requestable NSF Lower Atmospheric Observing Facilities for Scientific Research and Project-based Learning (Town Hall)

Tuesday, February 4
12:15 - 1:15 pm
Room C204, Georgia World Congress Center

This Town Hall Meeting will introduce you to the suite of observational research platforms and services available through the five Lower Atmospheric Observing Facilities partner organizations and provide a clear roadmap on how to request these facilities in support of scientific field campaigns and educational activities.

On hand will be facility managers, experienced users of LAOF, and NSF representatives to provide information and advice on how to incorporate available instruments and platforms into an experiment design, what steps need to be taken to request one or more of these facilities, and how to maximize the success of a campaign. (NCAR Earth Observing Laboratory)

>> Please RSVP if you would like to attend

Live demonstrations

Tuesday thru Thursday
Exhibit Hall - NCAR Booth 222

Visit the NCAR booth in the Exhibit Hall to find out how how to request observing facilities for your next field experiment, with live demonstrations and Q&A about the new Digital Guide to the NSF Lower Atmospheric Observing Facilities, presented by experts from NCAR's Earth Observing Laboratory.

>> more about the Earth Observing Laboratory at AMS 2014

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The Sun-Earth Connection: Ignore it at your peril! (Session)

Wednesday, February 5
8:25 am - 12:00 pm
Room C110, Georgia World Conference Center

 A single strong solar flare could bring civilization to its knees. Modern society has come to depend on technologies sensitive to solar radiation and geomagnetic storms. Particularly vulnerable are intercontinental power grids, satellite operations and communications, and GPS navigation. Both short- and long-term forecasting models are urgently needed to mitigate the effects of solar storms and to anticipate their collective impact on aviation, astronaut safety terrestrial climate and others. Co-hosted by the UCAR Visiting Scientist Programs and NASA Living With a Star Program.

>> schedule and details at VSP Heliophysics website

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Science with a Vengeance (Town Hall)

Who were the first U.S. space scientists?
Speaker: David DeVorkin, Senior Curator, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Box lunches for the first 100 participants provided by UCAR's Visiting Scientist Programs

Wednesday, February 5
12:15 - 1:15 pm
Room C204, Georgia World Congress Center

Who were the first space scientists in the United States? Names like James Van Allen, Herb Friedman, Richard Tousey, Homer Newell and William Rense are those we think of when we think back to the first scientists who designed and built devices to sense the nature of the Earth's high atmosphere and explore the nature of solar radiation beyond the atmospheric cutoff. They used vehicles like captured German V-2 missiles, the Navy's Viking and then Aerobee sounding rockets to make these observations. Here we look back at who these people were, why they chose such difficult challenges, and why none of them were established physicists or astronomers who had disciplinary training that stimulated the questions they wanted to answer with these instruments.

>> for details, see VSP Heliophysics website

Walter Orr Roberts Lecture

Fire in the Earth System: Interactions with the Atmosphere

Speaker: Christine Wiedinmyer, NCAR Scientist

Wednesday, February 5
5:00 pm
Room C113, Georgia World Congress Center

>> about Christine Wiedinmyer

>> about Walter Orr Roberts, founding director of NCAR and president of UCAR

Exhibit Hall Booths

NCAR - Booth 222

  • Meet and talk with James Hurrell, the new NCAR Director
  • Stop by to meet scientists and staff from NCAR's labs and observatory: Computational & Information Systems Lab (CISL), Earth Observing Laboratory (EOL), High Altitude Observatory (HAO), NCAR Earth System Laboratory (NESL), and Research Applications Laboratory (RAL).

Hosted by the NCAR Directorate

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UCAR Community Programs - Booths 225, 227 & 228 

  • Meet and talk with Tom Bogdan, UCAR President, on Monday from 5:30 to 7:30 pm
  • Meet with Unidata Integrated Data Viewer developers for one-on-one IDV demonstrations and assistance
  • Chat with COMET/MetEd staff about the latest professional training and development offerings
  • Stop by any time to meet data mavens, science program managers, educators, and other experts from the Joint Office for Science Support, Visiting Scientist Programs, Spark, and the other UCAR Community Programs for the latest news and informal Q&A 

Hosted by Kendra Greb and Chrystal Pene

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