Pam Emch

Pam Emch

In 2003 I attended the AMS Summer Policy Colloquium.  The combination of science and policy at that event was invigorating and is representative of the phenomenal opportunities that AMS provides to educate and influence. Globally and nationally we are facing unprecedented environmental challenges.  As an organization, we can help address these challenges by maintaining our recognized scientific integrity and improving our strong outreach, educational, publishing, meeting and other activities. We members drive and fund the organization and its programs, and member diversity is an asset.  AMS has a near equal balance of public-private-academic membership and activities continue to expand across interdisciplinary fields.  However, we can benefit by increasing opportunities for collaboration with those in related fields, such as oceanography and hydrology, and with the international community.  We have increased our efforts in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, but achieving membership that is representative of societal demographics remains challenging. In all of these examples, we must continue to encourage individuals to become AMS members, join boards and committees, and help us to increase the breadth and quality of our activities. The AMS Education Program helps interest children from all backgrounds in STEM careers, the Policy Program promotes the understanding of the use of science and services, and the new AMS Weather Band pulls in weather enthusiasts. We must ensure support of these and our other programs even during financially challenging times.  AMS is a recognized leader in the national and international weather, water, and climate community, and our scientific integrity, growth, and innovation as an organization will allow us to meet opportunities and challenges. It is my honor to be nominated to serve on the AMS Council.  I look forward to working with members and staff to make the important decisions that will lead our organization forward. 

 

Pamela Emch, director at Emch & Associates, recently retired as an engineering fellow at Northrop Grumman Corporation where she lead airborne and satellite-based weather, climate, and environmental remote sensing activities. Her background in hydrology and atmospheric sciences was an asset in her role of understanding the science user needs that drive remote sensing data product requirements, and in leading teams of scientists and engineers in performing end-to-end physics-based remote sensing system simulations and analyses. 

Emch is an AMS Fellow and the recipient of the 2022 Brooks Award for Outstanding Service to the AMS. She has served as the commissioner of the Weather, Water, and Climate Enterprise Commission and as a member of the Planning Commission, Awards Oversight Committee, Meetings Task Force, and Ad Hoc Task Force on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.  She is currently a member of the Committee on Ethics, Finance Committee, Fellows Committee, and is the founding chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Oceans, Coasts and the Blue Economy.

Emch holds a B.A. in mathematics and Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering (hydrology) from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an M.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Southern California. Emch was a co-chair of The Weather Coalition (2010-18), providing political advocacy for the Weather Enterprise.  She was a member of the National Academy of Science’s Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (BASC) (2012-19), member of the BASC Committee on the Assessment of the National Weather Service's Modernization Program (2010-12), and chaired the BASC Workshop Committee on Opportunities to Improve the Representation of Clouds and Aerosols in Climate Models With National Collection Systems (2014-15). From 2015-17 she was a member of NOAA’s Space Platform Requirements Working Group supporting the NOAA Satellite Observing System Architecture Study.