Call For Papers

21st Conference on Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics 19th Conference on Middle Atmosphere, June 26-30, 2017, Portland, Oregon

Organizers                                                                                                                              The 21st Conference on Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics and the 19th Conference on the Middle Atmosphere is organized by the AMS Committee on Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics/Middle Atmosphere and hosted by the American Meteorological Society.

There are several sponsorship opportunities available at the 21st Conference on Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics and the 19th Conference on Middle Atmosphere. All sponsors will receive recognition on the conference website, conference program and signage at event sponsored. Interested companies and organizations should contact Ricky Sidla at

A preliminary program as well as registration, hotel, and general information will be posted on the AMS website ( by early April 2017.


Papers are solicited in all areas of atmospheric and oceanic fluid dynamics spanning theory, observations, and modeling. We especially welcome papers describing idealized or process-based modeling studies. The AOFD committee would like to highlight three special sessions:  (1) Planetary Atmospheres and Oceans, including all aspects of fluid dynamics on planetary bodies other than Earth; (2) Dynamics of Past and Future Climates, with a particular emphasis on conceptual models of changes in Earth’s climate and (3) Ocean Submesoscale Dynamics which will honor the contributions of Prof. Jim McWilliams.  A full list of proposed sessions will be provided on the meeting website; the final session topics will be based on the number and topics of abstracts received.

We would also like to draw attention to two joint sessions with the Middle Atmosphere meeting:  (1) Troposphere-Stratosphere Coupling and (2) Transport and Mixing.   For the former, abstracts exploring the coupling between the middle atmosphere and troposphere with the ocean are especially encouraged.  Transport and Mixing is area where recent advances in our understanding of chemical and age transport in the middle atmosphere potentially connect with advances in chemical transport in the troposphere and biogeochemical transport in the oceans. 

The deadline for abstract submission is 1 March 2017 (refer to the AMS webpage).  An abstract fee of $95 (payable by credit card or purchase order) is charged at the time of submission (refundable only if abstract is not accepted).  The $95 abstract fee includes the submission of your abstract, the posting of your extended abstract, and the uploading and recording of your presentation which will be archived on the AMS Web site. Authors of accepted presentations will be notified via e-mail by 10 April 2017. All extended abstracts are to be submitted electronically and will be available on-line via the Web. Instructions for formatting extended abstracts will be posted on the AMS website.  Authors have the option to submit manuscripts (up to 10 MB) electronically by 26 July 2017.  All abstracts, extended abstracts and presentations will be available on the AMS website at no cost.

The AOFD Committee of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) is proud to award Best Student Prizes at the 21st Conference on Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics. These awards recognize outstanding student contributions based on an evaluation of the oral or poster presentation; students should indicate they want to be considered for such awards at the time of abstract submission.  Limited financial support is available for student participants.  To apply, students should prepare a short written statement (no more than one page) declaring their financial need and circumstance, relevance of their research to the conference, and their background; a copy of the meeting abstract should also be provided.  Applications should be sent in pdf format via email to the program chairs.  Awardees may not receive any concurrent travel support from the AMS (e.g., an AMS travel grant).  The selected students will be reimbursed by AMS (Ricky Sidla, following the meeting with the proper receipts. Applications will be accepted through 1 March 2017 and all applicants will be notified of their application status on or before 1 May 2017.

For additional information regarding the meeting, please contact one the program chairpersons: 

Gang Chen, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of California--Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, email, tel. 310-206-9956

Andrew Thompson, Department of Environmental Science & Engineering, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, email, tel. 626-395-8345.

Program Committee:

Juliana Dias, NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory, Physical Sciences Division, Boulder, Colorado, email, tel. 303-497-7235

Shafer Smith, Department of Mathematics, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University, New York, NY, email, tel. 212-998-3176