2019 Joint Satellite Conference

28 September – 04 October 2019 Boston, MA**

AMS 100


Shaping the Future Together – Providing Observations

for the Coupled Earth System

Thank you for attending the 2019 Joint Satellite Conference!



VIew Program 


The event was co-organized by the AMS Committee on Satellite Meteorology, Oceanography, and Climatology, EUMETSAT, and NOAA and hosted by the American Meteorological Society.  


There were several sponsorship opportunities available at the 2019 Joint Satellite Conference. All sponsors will receive recognition on the conference website, conference program and signage at event sponsored. 


* The following societies are cosponsoring the 2019 Joint Satellite Conference: EUMETSAT and NOAA

Short Course/Workshop Registration

Registration had reached capacity. Instructors & organizers should register using the form below.

All short course/workshop attendees must have registered and wore a badge/ribbon. Short course/workshop registration was not included in the 2019 Joint Satellite Conference registration, and short course/workshop registration did not include registration for the 2019 Joint Satellite Conference. 

Special Events

Welcome Drink (Sponsored by General Dynamics)

Sunday, 29 September 6-9pm | Harpoon Brewery

Met up with other attendees and kick off a great week at the 2019 JSC Welcome Drink. The reception was held at The Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall, located in Boston's Seaport District. Drinks and pretzels were provided.

Icebreaker Reception (Sponsored by L3Harris and Maximus Federal)

Monday, 30 September 6-8pm | Pavillion at the Westin Waterfront

The icebreaker reception will be held at the conference hotel right after sessions break for the first time in a heated tented area. Connect with colleague and discuss the first day of the program while enjoying hors d'ouvres and a cash bar. 

Conference Banquet - Ticketed Event (Sponsored by Airbus and Lockheed Martin)

Wednesday, 2 October 6-9pm | The State Room

The 2019 Joint Satellite Conference Banquet will be held at the State Room, an urban event space offering unmatched views of Boston and the harbor. Perched atop Sixty State Street, the State Room will provide an event that attendees will rave about for years to come. Please note that tickets for this event are separate from the registration fee and are priced at $30 each. Tickets are limited.  Banquet tickets for children are available, please contact [email protected] for additional information. 

Special Needs

It is the Society's sincere desire to comply fully with both the letter and the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.  Attendees with special needs at the conference should check with the AMS Meetings Department by email ([email protected]) or by phone (617-226-3916), four–six weeks prior to the meeting to request special arrangements.  Special housing needs should be requested when making hotel reservations.

Professional and Respectful Conduct at Meetings

Need to report unprofessional or disrespectful conduct? Email [email protected] or call 617-226-3965.

  • AMS is committed to safe and inclusive meetings for all attendees.
  • Harassment, intimidation, or discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated at any meeting or event associated with the meeting.
  • All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. Be inclusive and respectful
  • Those who violate the standards of professional and respectful conduct may be asked to leave the meeting immediately and without refund, may not be considered for service on AMS boards and committees, and may be subject to additional legal action.
  • Harassment, intimidation, or discrimination includes offensive comments and actions related to age, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion; sexual images in public spaces; deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact; and unwelcome sexual attention.

If you are the subject of unacceptable behavior or have witnessed any such behavior, please immediately:

  • Notify an AMS Staff Member who is wearing a blue ribbon.
  • Email [email protected] or call 617-226-3965. All members of the AMS response team, listed below, will be alerted to the report and will ensure a timely response.
  • Email AMS Executive Director, Keith Seitter, [email protected]

If you witness or experience behavior that constitutes an immediate and serious threat, please call 911.

Members of the response team: 

  • Keith Seitter Executive Director
  • Stephanie Armstrong, Associate Executive Director
  • Brian Papa, Associate Executive Director
  • Jen Ives, Meetings Manager
  • Claudia Gorski, Director of Meetings
  • Wendy Abshire, Education Program Director


**This is a note to those who have a concern about the overlap of the joint conference with the Jewish High Holidays. This conflict has had the awareness of the conference chairs, and we’ve done our best to plan the conference schedule to mitigate it. We began with several constraints bounding us. In broad terms, the EUMETSAT Meteorological Satellite Conference always meets the same time of the year, around the end of September, and we could not ask them to shift the timing significantly, given they were already making an exception by meeting outside of Europe. The AMS realizes significant cost avoidance by using the same hotel more than once, and we will be using the same venue as for the 2020 Annual Meeting. When we began planning this in detail, more than two years in advance, we found that of the limited number of venues capable of holding an event of this size, only limited availability remained. We wanted to avoid Yom Kippur at all costs. That said, Rosh Hashanah has real meaning: while generally known as the New Year's Day of the Jewish calendar, it is also the Jewish New Year, the Day of Judgement, the Day of Remembrance, and the Day of Shofar Blowing. It is also celebrated for two days—though many, not all, generally only observe the first day. The events on the weekend, Saturday and Sunday, will be primarily NOAA satellite workshops (e.g., direct broadcast), though we will have a welcome drink Sunday evening. We will be placing the programmatic talks on Monday, in the expectation that those unable to attend Monday will look forward to the primary scientific, operational, and technical talks which will run Tuesday through Friday. For those unable to attend Tuesday as well, and we understand that may be the case for some, we will have flexibility in formulating sessions in the remainder of the week so that all may benefit from, and participate in, the exceptional networking and technical exchange that will be core to this historic conference.