38th Conference on Radar Meteorology Call for Papers

The 38th Conference on Radar Meteorology, sponsored by the American Meteorological Society, and organized by the AMS Committee on Radar Meteorology, will be held 28th of August – 1st of September 2017 at the Swissotel Downtown, Chicago, IL.  A preliminary program, registration, hotel, and general information will be posted here by mid June 2017.  

At the crossroads of engineering and science: Using radar based observations to improve our understanding of the atmosphere and advance prediction across spatial and temporal scales. 

Papers for this conference are solicited on the following areas:

1.New and Emerging Radar Technology: advances in radar hardware, advances in signal/array processing, innovative applications of radar, integrating new technologies in field campaigns, polarimetric phased array radar, solid-state and pulse compression radar, heterogeneous adaptive radar networks, innovation in education and training;

2. Radar Networks, Quality Control, Processing and Software: Topics covering the operation of radars assuring the best quality products. Novel aspects of quality control processing. Software packages, including emerging approaches in processing and extraction of insight from radar systems.   

3. Quantitative Precipitation Estimation and Hydrology: New techniques for rain accumulation estimation, error analysis, multi-sensor and blended approaches (Gauges, microwave links and radiometer). Coupling of radar estimates to hydrological models. Long term climatologies and case studies.

4. Microphysical Studies with Radars: Radar based or multisensor estimation of microphysical properties of cloud and precipitating ice and liquid. Identification of microphysical processes in radar moments, polarimetric measurements and radar Doppler spectra. Long term statistical studies, seasonal variation. Error structure and validation with in-situ and complementary measurements.

5. Organized Convection and Severe Phenomena: Studies of impactful events including multi-instrument and multi-platform retrievals (e.g., Multi-Doppler). Covers many scales from tornadoes and microbursts to winter events and hurricanes.

6.Use of Radar Data for Nowcasting and Numerical Models: Nowcasting, assimilation of radar data into convective scale models, assimilation of measurements, use of radar data for convective scale model validation and microphysics improvement, combined use of radar and satellite data in NWP models, automated data quality & analysis tools for NWP models, convective-scale ensemble prediction involving radar, optimal scanning strategies, warn-on-forecast. Use of radar and wind profilers in LES scale models.

7. Moving Platforms. Vehicle, Airborne, Shipborne and Spaceborne: The study of atmospheric phenomena from moving platforms including manned and unmanned aircraft, current and future spaceborne platforms and shipboard radar systems. This covers technological aspects, case studies and ground validation exercises.

8. Cloud Studies Using Radars: Observations of low reflectivity targets including clouds and drizzle, millimeter wavelength radars and synergistic observations including LIDAR/Radar, multi wavelength and spectral based studies

9. Studies of Non-Hydrometeorological Returns. Studies on non-hydrometeor returns such as biological targets, clear air and boundary layer structure. Density currents such as cold pools and frontal zones.

This year some financial assistance will be made available to students attending the conference to offset the cost of registration. Interested students should contact the conference chair Scott Ellis on submission of their abstract and application details will be forwarded on abstract acceptance. In addition, students should visit: https://www.ametsoc.org/ams/index.cfm/information-for/students/ams-student-travel-grants/ for details on travel grants for students attending and not presenting a paper.

The best student oral presentation and poster presentation will be awarded the Spiros G. Geotis Prize. Students need to indicate their intent to participate in this competition when they submit their abstract. 

Exhibitors are solicited to participate in the conference by purchasing AMS exhibit booth space and presenting their latest technologies and advancements. Exhibitors at this meeting will have the opportunity to submit an abstract for a tentatively planned Vendor Session. Limited spots are available. Interested exhibitors who have returned a signed contract to AMS should send their title, presenter contact information, and abstract text to Jenn Rosen at jrosen@ametsoc.org by 1st of May 2017.

Please submit your abstract electronically via the Web by the  14th  21st of April 2017 here. An abstract fee of $95 (payable by credit card or purchase order) is charged at the time of submission (refundable only if abstract is not accepted). The $95 abstract fee includes the submission of your abstract, the posting of your extended abstract, and the uploading and recording of your presentation which will be archived on the AMS website.

Authors of accepted presentations will be notified via e-mail by 16th of June 2017. All extended abstracts are to be submitted electronically and will be available on-line via the Web. Instructions for formatting extended abstracts will be posted on the AMS website.  Authors have the option to submit manuscripts (up to 10 MB) electronically by 15th of September 2017.  All abstracts, extended abstracts and presentations will be available on the AMS website at no cost.

For additional information please contact the program chairpersons, Scott Collis, scollis@anl.gov and Scott Ellis, sellis@ncar.edu