Forum on Observing the Environment from the Ground Up

Forum on Observing the Environment from the Ground Up

Agenda

8–9 March, 2016 Washington, DC

The American Meteorological Society and the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Meteorology are co-sponsoring the Forum on Observing the Environment from the Ground Up to be held March 8-9 in Washington D.C. The Forum will build on efforts over the past decade to develop an integrated, multi-purpose observing system focused on the conditions from the surface through the atmospheric boundary layer. The environmental observational landscape continues to evolve rapidly. Federal and local agencies, private firms, academic institutions, and the general public are increasingly taking advantage of new instrumentation, communication, and software technologies to meet their needs. The objective of the Forum is to discuss innovative observing efforts underway nationwide, prospects for taking advantage of new technologies, improving coordination among the diverse efforts throughout the environmental observing enterprise, and meeting the multiple and ever growing needs of the users of environmental information. For further information, contact Forum co-chairs John Horel (john.horel@utah.edu) or Jerry Brotzge (jbrotzge@albany.edu). 

Modified Chatham House Rule

This Forum will be held under a modified Chatham House Rule: https://www.chathamhouse.org/about/chatham-house-rule Specific remarks cannot be attributed to individuals, except where appropriate and previously approved.

Sponsorship/Organizers

The 2016 Forum on Observing the Environment from the Ground Up is organized by the AMS Nationwide Network of Networks committee and co-sponsored by the American Meteorological Society and the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Meteorology.

Registration

All attendees must register to attend the conference. 

There are two ways to register for the AMS Forum on Observing the Environment from the Ground Up:

1) Online Registration

2) On-Site registration. The AMS Forum on Observing the Environment from the Ground Up registration desk at the AAAS Building will be open for registration starting on Tuesday, 8 March at 7:30am, and will remain open throughout the Forum.

Conference Registration Rates

 

FULL-WEEK PACKAGE
The full-week package includes admission to all sessions, coffee breaks, and admission to the Forum Reception on Tues. evening.

ONE-DAY PACKAGE
The one-day package includes for one calendar day admission to all sessions, coffee breaks, and admission to the Forum Reception on Tues. evening.

 

Early Registration

Registration

Late Registration

Early Registration

Registration

Late Registration

 

Through 18 February

19 February - 7 March

Onsite

Through 18 February

19 February - 7 March

Onsite

ATTENDEE TYPE

 

 

 

 

 

 

Member/Associate

$180

$220

$240

$90

$110

$120

Non-Member

$275

$315

$335

$140

$160

$170

Students

$75

$75

$75

$75

$75

$75

 

General Information

The Forum will review efforts over the past decade to develop observing systems focused on the conditions from the surface through the atmospheric boundary layer. However, the environmental observational landscape continues to evolve rapidly. Federal and local agencies, America’s Weather Industry, academic institutions, and the general public are increasingly taking advantage of new instrumentation, communication, and software technologies to meet their needs as well as the ever growing needs of the diverse users of environmental information.

Objectives

  • Recognize the commonalities among prior and current successes for creating and operating observing networks
  • Identify the opportunities and challenges facing observing networks nationwide
  • Review current best practices and approaches for fostering the integration of environmental observing networks for the benefit of the entire weather enterprise and society

Format

Registered attendees will be encouraged to participate in a number of ways prior to and during the Forum.  An on-line survey is now open to the community to solicit feedback regarding the environmental observational landscape and plans regarding future deployments (see survey link below).  This information will be used to help guide discussions at the Forum.  In addition, all registered attendees are encouraged to submit a 1-2 Powerpoint-type slide highlighting their observational-related activities.  A slide template will be distributed to registered attendees by 16 February.  Submitted slides will be made available to all attendees.  Finally, invited panelists from all sectors of the weather enterprise will help promote discussion on critical issues facing environmental data providers: what is working, what may need attention, and what is likely to transpire in the future. Breakout sessions and informal discussions will help facilitate exchanging information among the Forum participants.

Background Information

Attendees of the Forum may wish to review the background information available here.

Pre-Forum Survey

We encourage all interested in the topics to be discussed at the Forum to complete the following survey. It should only take a few minutes.

Survey results will be used to help design the Forum and will be discussed at the meeting.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Forum_March_8_9