Fourth Conference on Weather Warnings and Communication Call for Papers

The Fourth Conference on Weather Warnings and Communication, sponsored by the AMS and organized by the AMS Board on Societal Impacts, will be held 21-23 June 2017 — in conjunction with the 45th Conference on Broadcast Meteorology — at the InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri.  A preliminary program, registration, hotel, and general information will appear on the AMS website (http://www.ametsoc.org) by Mid-March, 2017.

The launch of next-generation satellites like GOES-R and the advancement of computing technology continue to move the production of weather forecasts forward while the Evolve NWS initiative has the potential to change how NWS forecasts are distributed to end users through impact-based decision support services. Meanwhile, weather forecasts available through web and mobile applications and mobile weather alerts continue to reshape how most outside of the weather enterprise receive weather forecasts.

    Oral and poster presentations are solicited on all topics related to the effective communication of weather and climate information, including observations, assessments, forecasts, and warnings.  Of special interest are abstracts related to:
•    Impact-based decision support services, including solutions to challenges in ensuring effective communication between forecasters, partners, and end users
•    New products from GOES-R to accurately depict weather to non-experts
•    Social media as a two-way medium for the exchange of forecasts, field reports, and decision support
•    Innovations in communicating day-to-day and high-impact weather events, including delivery of weather forecasts through mobile devices, smart TVs, etc.
•    The warning partnership: The evolving roles of the NWS, private sector weather providers, media, emergency management, and academia

          Please submit your abstract electronically via the Web by 21 February, 2017(refer to the AMS webpage at http://www.ametsoc.org for instructions.) An abstract fee of $95 is charged at the time of submission (refundable only if the abstract is not accepted). This abstract fee will also include the costs for submission of an extended electronic manuscript and digital recording of all oral presentations.

Authors of accepted presentations will be notified via e-mail by Mid-March. These authors are strongly encouraged to submit an extended abstracts electronically by 19 July, 2017. Instructions for formatting extended abstracts (PDF format, up to 10 MB in size) will be posted on the AMS website. All abstracts, extended abstracts and presentations will be available on the AMS website at no cost.

For additional information please contact the program chair: Nate Johnson, WRAL-TV, Raleigh, North Carolina (nsj@wral.com).