NCAR & UCAR at AMS 2011

AMS 2011 logoIf you're attending the 2011 annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society, we hope to see you at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in Seattle, January 23–27.

Special Events & Town Hall
Session Sampler

Join us at WeatherFest

Free, public event - Sunday, January 23rd, 12:00–4:00 pm
Washington State Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 4F maps & directions >

WeatherFest logo

Teachers, students, families! Everyone's invited to the 10th Annual AMS WeatherFest. It's cool, it's free, it's a super-sized science fair for children of all ages that's all about weather, climate, and the environment. More about Weatherfest >

COMET Program - booth W2010

Visit COMET and enter the world of meteorology! Learn about science by seeing it through the eyes of the weather, with COMET’s interactive learning materials. All free, and all based on the latest geoscience research.


UCAR Education & Outreach - booth W2012

Discover hands-on activities demonstrating weather basics (the ingredients that make weather!), wild weather (hurricanes and tornadoes!), and weather safety (how to keep safe in wild weather!)

The GLOBE Program - booth W2004

GLOBE students and teacher Mrs. Barney Peterson from Monroe Elementary School will join GLOBE staff to share the spirit of scientific inquiry and real-world data collection. You'll also find the Monroe students at their own WeatherFest booth: number W1013.

Find us in the Exhibit Hall

 At all our locations you'll find

  • free publications about our programs, people, and research
  • information on internships, fellowships, workshops, sabbaticals, and other opportunities to collaborate with us

  NCAR logo

NCAR - booth 814

  • Explore: Careers in science, engineering, technology, and more
  • Meet: Stop by at posted and ad hoc times to chat with NCAR director Roger Wakimoto,
    deputy director Maura Hagan, and other NCAR researchers. From NCAR's Earth Observing
    Laboratory, Jeff Stith will answer questions about using our aircraft, Vidal Salazar will be
    on hand to talk about careers on the technical side of atmospheric science.
  • Grab: NCAR-logo notepads and pens

hosted by Carol Park, Michelle Rangel, and Peter Backlund


UCAR logo

UCAR Community Programs - booth 819

  • View: Presentations and demos on the giant plasma screen
  • Meet: COMET, COSMIC, Unidata, and other program staff for the latest news and informal Q&A
  • Grab: car coasters made of recycled rubber, 2011 desktop calendars

hosted by Hanne Mauriello and Kelly Smith

Education and Outreach - booth 825

  • Explore: Ideas and free materials for hands-on science in the classroom or at home
  • Meet: Science educators for informal Q&A and idea exchange
  • Grab: flash drives, 3D postcards and viewing glasses, organic balsa-wood airplane gliders

 hosted by Eileen Carpenter, Teri Eastburn, Becca Hatheway, and Susan Foster



COMET Program - booth 815

  • Explore: free interactive distance learning materials and classroom training opportunities on a wide range of geoscience topics, including new satellite meteorology training, tsunami science and safety, fire weather, and more
  • Meet: COMET staff for informal Q & A and a tour of COMET's MetEd Website
  • Grab: COMET handouts on an assortment of meteorological topics and other giveaways

 hosted by Elizabeth Lessard and Joe Lamos

Unidata Program - booth 818

  • Explore: services, tools, and ideas for obtaining, visualizing, and sharing geoscience data in teaching and research environments
  • Meet: Unidata software developers for one-on-one discussions and demonstrations
  • Grab: Unidata stress balls and laser-pointer pens
 hosted by Tina Campbell


Student explains her poster to visitor during SOARS poster session

Visit some of these special events

 Student Poster Session

Sunday, January 23, 5:30 - 7:00 pm, Exhibit Hall 4E

One of the highlights of the meeting, the Student Poster Session is full of energy and new ideas. Stop by to hear from the next generation of scientists and meet participating students from UCAR's SOARS program. Student Conference Program >



Special Sessions


NCAR Community Modeling

Session I: Status and Developments

Session II: Climate Change 1 (Climate Sensitivity)

Session III: Atmosphere

Session IV: Climate Change 2 (Future Projections)

Session V: Paleo + Regional Responses

Session VI: Climate Variability


Presenter at lecturn during CCSM meeting


Special Session on WCRP Projects

CLIVAR: future plans and priorities

The new GEWEX

The Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) Project

The SPARC Project: Analysis and modeling of climate variability and change in the stratosphere


Town Hall Meeting

The development by NCAR and Unidata of a community-wide CF-compliant netCDF format for radial RADAR and LIDAR data


Oral Presentations - A Sampler

Our researchers and educators will be presenting several hundred talks and posters during the meeting. Below we've listed a small sample of the many oral sessions. The AMS website is your best guide to the full range of offerings. See the program for the 91st American Metoerological Society Annual Meeting >.


Atmospheric Chemistry

Impact of aerosols on cloud system-resolving model simulations of deep convection

In-situ measurements of aerosol effects on microphysics and precipitation in the different thermodynamic environments around the world


Aviation Weather

Communicating ground deicing weather and holdover time information to the cockpit

Simulation of MCS anvil cloud bands associated with flight-level turbulence

In-flight icing hazards: comparison of ground, model and pilot in-situ based severity products


Climate Change

Promoting climate information and communication of climate change

Demonstrating the utility of a participatory approach to vulnerability and adaptation to climate change assessment

Drought Under Global Warming


Communicating Risk and Uncertainty

Storm surge and “certain death”: Interviews with Texas coastal residents following Hurricane Ike

How do people perceive and respond to flash flood risk and warnings?

DCIT: diagnosing convectively-induced turbulence in near real-time and the challenges of communicating probabilities of rare events

When can high-resolution NWP model forecasts be trusted? Using error characteristics of the initial conditions to evaluate the likelihood of accurate forecasts


Working with Data

Ensemble data assimilation across a range of scales and phenomena with WRF/DART

The Research Data Archive at NCAR: A metadata system that enables discovery across a diverse archive

Access to NCAR's historical upper-air database


Land-Atmosphere Interactions

Multi-variate evaluation of land surface model performance in a semi-arid, complex terrain pine forest

Impacts of beetle-kill and wildland fire on regional water and energy cycles in western North America


Public Health

Modeling and communicating plague risk in Uganda

Heat health risk awareness and responses among vulnerable urban residents: a Phoenix case study


Lower Atmosphere

Trends in Tropospheric Humidity and Water Vapor from 1973–2008

Simulating atmospheric boundary layer transition during a winter storm event with the WRF model

Evaluation of modeled precipitation intensity distributions and their application to short term forecasting

Assessing the role of dual-polarimetric radar in quantitative precipitation estimation and nowcasting in the Colorado Front Range region


Middle Atmosphere

An integral view of Extratropical Upper Troposphere / Lower Stratosphere Chemistry, Dynamics and Transport

Boundaries of the tropical tropopause layer (TTL) identified by the ozone-water vapor relationship

Mixing between the troposphere and lowermost stratosphere indicated by HIRDLS measurements of isentropic tracer-tracer correlations


Upper Atmosphere & Space Weather

Influence of ENSO and QBO on the frequency of sudden stratospheric warmings

Connections between meteorology and space weather: nonmigrating tidal effects in the thermosphere and ionosphere

Using meterological verification techniques to assess performance of space weather models


Tools: New and Emerging

An overview of NCAR's advanced wind forecasting system for integrating wind resources into the new energy economy

Tomorrow's forecast: informed drivers

The Developmental Testbed Center; Facilitating Transition between Research and Operation in Numerical Weather Prediction

Community Tools for the Analysis and Visualization of Geoscientific Data

Weather Modification

A Tool for Evaluating Modeling Studies of Planned and Inadvertent Weather Modification

Evaluation of the Wyoming winter orographic cloud seeding program: Design of the randomized seeding experiment

The influence of hygroscopic flare seeding on droplet spectra in southeast Queensland


map of temperature change with altitude gain in atmosphere