Boston, MA, 28 September–4 October 2019**
This conference merges up to three unique satellite conferences into one major event. It has been the practice of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Satellite Meteorology, Oceanography, and Climatology (SatMetOC) Committee (organizers of the 23rd AMS Satellite Meteorology, Oceanography and Climatology Conference) and the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT; organizers of the 2019 EUMETSAT Meteorological Satellite Conference) to hold joint conferences approximately every six years, most recently in Vienna (2013), and previously in Amsterdam (2007) and Paris (1998). The 2019 NOAA Satellite Users Conference1 will possibly join the event this year, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the American Meteorological Society. The conference was be held at the AAA Four Diamond award-winning Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel.
Observations as the Basis for Informed Decision-Making—Looking to the Future Operationally: We are at the front end of an explosion of new data sources, a greatly expanding computational environment, miniaturization and emerging new technologies for Earth observation, deep machine learning, value-added data services, the Internet of Things, increased societal vulnerability, and the nexus of water, food, and energy security concerns. These reinforce the importance of, and need for, collaborative and agile partnerships that deliver satellite capabilities and data that address evolving societal needs. We also focus on the Arctic and polar issues, noting the impact of the changes in the Arctic region on weather prediction and society and the push of numerical weather forecasts beyond Week 2 towards subseasonal-to-seasonal weather and climate prediction.
The conference organizers were particularly interested in soliciting papers on the improved use of satellite data for analyzing and predicting the weather, ocean/coastal/water regimes, climate, and the environment. Major areas of interest included:
1) New Satellite Systems and Instrumentation—illustrating the potential of new satellite systems to improve weather, climate, and other environmental data products; enhance user application and services, and contribute to blended and fused satellite datasets; future observing system architectures, flight projects, and international partnerships; and new emerging approaches for space-based observations, concepts, and their practical application to operational Earth observations
2) Status of Satellite Products and Data Access—including how satellite data are being used to advance our understanding of fundamental weather and climate processes in the atmosphere, oceans, land surface, and cryosphere
3) Oceanography and Marine Meteorology—including research and operational satellite data applications for ocean, coastal, and air-sea interaction monitoring and forecasting
4) Significance of Satellite Data for monitoring the Polar Regions—noting the rapidly-changing polar environment in a changing climate, and recognizing the important coupling of the cryosphere with the biosphere, oceans, atmosphere, and land in the Earth system
5) Impact of Satellite Data on Nowcasting and Short Range Weather Forecasting—including the development of innovative methods of combining and assimilating satellite observations of the atmosphere, ocean/water, and land to improve forecast skill; and nowcasting and high-resolution numerical weather prediction
6) Quantifying Impact of Weather Extremes in a Changing Climate—including heat waves, droughts, heavy precipitation events, agriculture and ecosystems, and human health and well-being
7) Training and User Preparation—including satellite testbeds and proving grounds, system readiness exercises, lessons learned and best practices, workshops, case studies, and self-paced learning resources
8) Air Quality and Atmospheric Composition—including satellite-based observations to depict processes that determine air pollution and trace/greenhouse gas distributions and estimation of global air pollution impacts
An abstract fee of $95 (payable by credit card or purchase order) was required at the time of submission. Please note that some abstracts were not accepted, depending on program constraints, relevance, and merit of subject matter. In such cases the abstract fee was refunded. Authors could indicate their preference for an oral or poster presentation during abstract submission; those authors presenting more than one paper clearly indicated which they prefer for a possible oral presentation. Oral presentation slots were very limited; thus, authors could only request one oral submission, but were welcome to present multiple posters. Authors of accepted presentations were notified via e-mail by early May 2019. These authors are strongly encouraged to submit an extended abstract electronically prior to the start of the conference, but extended abstracts will be accepted through the electronic submission system through 8 November 2019. Instructions for formatting extended abstracts (PDF format, up to 10 MB in size) will be posted on the AMS web site—please refer to the online call for papers via http://ams.confex.com/ams/ for important updates on this conference. All abstracts, extended abstracts and presentations are available on the AMS web site.
For further programmatic information, please feel free to contact the conference chairs: Kenneth Holmlund, email@example.com; Mitchell Goldberg, firstname.lastname@example.org; and Philip Ardanuy, email@example.com. Additionally, there are three technical points of contact: Gabriele Kerrmann, EUMETSAT, firstname.lastname@example.org; Jen Ives, AMS, email@example.com; and Eric Madsen, NOAA, firstname.lastname@example.org.
**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.