2018 AMS Washington Forum

2018 AMS Washington Forum

The AMS Washington Forum was organized by the AMS Board on Enterprise Economic Development (BEED), a part of the AMS Commission on the Weather, Water and Climate Enterprise (CWWCE).   

24–26 April 2018 Washington, DC

Thank you for attending the 2018 AMS Washington Forum!



Connecting Science and Technology with Business and Public Policy

This much-anticipated annual event provided an important platform to examine public policy issues across the weather, water and climate sciences.

The value of collaboration and sharing scientific knowledge grows more critical every year, and this event was an ideal setting for agencies and companies whose operations and planning are reliant on environmental factors. 

The Washington Forum broadens and fosters the AMS mission of advancing of atmospheric and related sciences, technologies, applications, and services for the benefit of society. 


Principal Sponsors

Aerospace Corporation
Earth Networks
Ball Aerospace

General Sponsors

Western States Water Council
Commodity Weather Group, LLC
Millersville University
Capitol Meteorologics

Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Antonio Busalacchi

Enterprise Keynote:
Dr. Antonio Busalacchi, President
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

Student Dinner Keynote:
Dr. YaĆ­tza Luna-Cruz
Senior Atmospheric Physicist/Meteorologist
Applied Research Associates
Defense Threat Reduction Agency, US Department of Defense

Margaret Leinen, Ph.D.

Dinner Keynote Speaker: 
Margaret Leinen, Ph.D.
Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Vice Chancellor for Marine Sciences, University of California at San Diego and Dean of the School of Marine Sciences


Dr. Michael H. Freilich

Executive Briefing:
Dr. Michael H. Freilich
Director, Earth Science Division
Science Mission Directorate
National Aeronautics and Space Administration 


2018 Themed Joint Sessions Included:

  • Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences: Opportunities for Increased Societal Benefits
  • Autonomous Vehicles and Hyper/Local Weather Data: Pilot Project on Interstate 81 in Virginia 
  • Beyond the 5-day forecast -- American Industry Using Weather & Climate Data for Business Growth
  • Business Continuity and Risk Management
  • Greatest Observational Needs:  A Community Survey and the Path Forward
  • Congressional Staffers
  • Federal Agency Leaders
  • Infrastructure Requirements for The Weather Research and Forecast Innovation Act
  • Meet the NOAA Leadership Team
  • Ocean Remote Sensing Technologies and Applications 


Conference Registration Rates

The full-week package includes: your badge (must be worn at all times in the meeting room., a program, admission to the banquet on Tuesday evening, and for each of three days: admission to the meeting, a light breakfast, a lunch and two refreshment breaks.
The one-day package includes: a badge (must be worn at all times in the meeting room), a program, and for any one day: admission to the meeting, a light breakfast, a lunch, and two refreshment breaks. {Tickets to the banquet on Tuesday evening are not included and may be purchased seperately for $65.]
  Early Registration Registration Late Registration Early Registration Registration Late Registration

Through 9 April

9 April-23 April On-Site

Through 9 April

9 April-23 April On-Site
ATTENDEE TYPE            


$380 $480 $500 $205 $255 $275


$480 $580 $610 $255 $305 $325
Students $75 $75 $75 $75 $75 $75

*Tickets to the dinner banquet on Tuesday evening are not included in One-Day registration packages and may be purchased separately for $65.


Special Event

The AMS James Mahoney Memorial Lecture

To be followed by a short reception.


There were several sponsorship opportunities available at the 2018 AMS Washington Forum. All sponsors received recognition on the conference website, conference program and signage at event sponsored.