32nd Conference on Agricultural and Forest Meteorology
22nd Symposium on Boundary Layers and Turbulence
Third Conference on Biogeosciences

32nd Conference on Agricultural and Forest Meteorology<br/> 22nd Symposium on Boundary Layers and Turbulence<br/>Third Conference on Biogeosciences

20 – 24 June 2016 Salt Lake City, UT

Important Dates

Early Registration Deadline:     16 May 2016
Hotel Reservation Deadline:     19 May 2016
Presentation Upload:                 13 June 2016
Extended Abstract Deadline:     22 July 2016


The 32nd Conference on Agricultural and Forest Meteorology is sponsored by the American Meteorological Society and organized by the AMS Committee on Agricultural and Forest Meteorology.

The 22nd Symposium on Boundary Layers and Turbulence is sponsored by the American Meteorological Society and organized by the AMS Committee on Boundary Layers and Turbulence.

The Third Conference on Atmospheric Biogeosciences is sponsored by the American Meteorological Society and organized by the AMS Board on Atmospheric Biogeosciences.

Any other interested sponsors should contact Gillian Peguero.


Badge pick-up and on-site registration will take place in the North Star room at the Sheraton. 

All attendees must register to attend the conference. Registration may be completed online, via fax-in form, or onsite. Everyone presenting (both oral and poster) and/or attending must register and wear a badge. Be sure to register by 05/16/16 in order to receive the lower registration rate. Registrations received at AMS from 05/17/16 and through the conference dates will be processed at the higher rate (see rates below). After 05/23/16 please register at the meeting or online. Payment may be made with check, purchase order (hard copy required) or credit card (MasterCard/VISA/American Express). FAXED registration forms must be accompanied by payment (PO or credit card # only).

Conference Registration Rates





The full-week package includes admission to the ice breaker reception, all sessions, coffee breaks, poster viewings, and one Wed evening banquet ticket.
The one-day package includes for one calendar day, admission to sessions, coffee breaks, and poster viewings. The Wed evening banquet is NOT included but can be purchased for an additional fee.
Early Registration
Late Registration
Early Registration
Late Registration
Through May 16
May 17-June 18
Through May 16
May 17-June 18
AMS Full Member; Program Chair & Session chair
Non-Member Speaker or Poster Presenter, or AMS Associate Member
Retired Member
AMS Student Member
Student Non-Member



Wednesday, 22 June, 6:00–9:00 p.m.

A ticket is needed to attend the banquet. One ticket to the 32nd Conference on Agricultural and Forest Meteorology/22nd Symposium on Boundary Layers and Turbulence/Third Conference on Biogeosciences Banquet is included in the Full-week registration package. The Banquet will take place in the Grand Hall at The Depot. Guest and/or additional tickets ($55 each) may be purchased onsite until 21 June at noon. Any special dietary requests should be communicated to an AMS staff member by 15 June 2016.

A cash bar will be available at the banquet.  Please note there is not an ATM onsite.

The Depot is located at 400 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101.  http://www.depotslc.com/


Walking directions to the Banquet Location:

Walking Map to Banquet

Taking the Blue or Green Line of Trax, from the "Courthouse" station to the "Arena" station:


Both the Courthouse and Arena stops are in the Free Fare Zone:  Passengers may ride for free when entering and exiting a fixed-route bus, paratransit vehicle or TRAX train within the boundaries of the Free Fare Zone. If you begin your ride before entering the zone and/or exit after leaving the zone, you will be asked to provide proof of payment. When boarding a bus, simply tell the bus driver you intend to stay in the zone to ride without charge.

Parking is available in the Gateway Mall, which the Depot is a part of. 

Limited shuttle service is available through the hotel.  Please see the bell desk for assistance.


Special Session on Education: Learning from each other: teaching methods in boundary-layer and agricultural meteorology

Session Chair/Organizer: Arnold Moene, Wageningen University
Tuesday 21 June: 5:156:15 p.m.
Room: Bryce 
Description of the Session:
Many of the conference participants are teaching courses in boundary-layer and agricultural meteorology. This informal and interactive session is focused on exchanging and discussing teaching-related ideas and methods. Anyone interested is invited to give a “pitch" of 1-2 minutes explaining their idea or experience (with or without a single powerpoint slide).  Following these short presentations, participants will be invited to exchange their ideas during informal discussions. The format is similar to a poster session, but the material presenters may choose to share can be diverse: books or lecture notes, instruments, software, movies, ways of teaching. To get your ideas going, think of an aspect of your teaching in which you invested effort and thought, and which you think it is quite successful in educating students. Some examples may include:
•    Simulation software you developed for education;
•    A system of peer review for thesis writing among master students;
•    A field practicum in which students get acquainted with data acquisition and data processing;
•    Your unique way of explaining Ekman layer dynamics to students;
If you are interested in presenting an idea at this session, please contact Arnold Moene (arnold.moene@wur.nl) before Wednesday 15 June so that he can plan a tentative schedule accordingly. You are also welcome to attend even if you do not plan to present something!

Excursion to Cache Valley, UT - SOLD OUT

Thursday, 23 June, 12:45–9:00 p.m.

This optional excursion will take participants northward near the shores of the Great Salt Lake and across the Wellsville mountains to the beautiful Cache Valley, known for its picturesque canyons, agriculture, and as the home of Utah State University.  The excursion will include tours of Campbell Scientific and Apogee Instruments, companies known internationally for their innovative instrumentation used in environmental monitoring.  Following the tours, a Western-style dutch oven dinner will be served at the lodge at Cherry Peak Mountain Resort, Utah’s newest (and quaintest) ski resort.  Following dinner, an informal talk will be given by Dr. Bruce Bugbee, professor at Utah State University, regarding the portrayal of extraterrestrial agriculture in the movie The Martian and how NASA’s research in this field sheds some light on the realities and possibilities.  Finally, time for relaxing to some music and enjoying some mountain air will be provided before heading back to Salt Lake City.  

Space is limited to 72 conference registrants.  The fee for participation is $20 per person and covers the dinner.  Other group expenses are being generously covered by a sponsorship from Campbell Scientific. 

Priority will be given to non-commercial registrants; registrants affiliated with a commercial vendor please inquire for availability after closing of regular registration.


12:45 – Begin loading buses outside Sheraton Hotel, Salt Lake City

1:00 – Departure

2:30 – Arrive at Campbell Scientific, Inc.

2:35 -  Introduction to Campbell Scientific and tour orientation

2:45 – Begin tours of Campbell Scientific, Inc. and Apogee Instruments

4:45 – Restroom break and load buses

4:55 – Depart Campbell Scientific, Inc.

5:30 – Arrive at Cherry Peak Mountain Resort

6:00 – Dinner

6:45 – Guest Speaker, Prof. Bruce Bugbee, Utah State University:  Beyond The Martian: NASA research to grow food on Mars

7:05 – Socialize and relax

7:30 – Load buses and depart

9:30 – Arrive at Sheraton Hotel, Salt Lake City

Poster Presenters

Posters will be located in rooms Alta through Deer Valley.  There will be two distinct poster viewings, Monday from 5:00-7:00pm and Wednesday from 11:30am-1:00pm. 



Monday Poster Viewing

Set Up: Monday after 12:00pm

Poster Viewing: Monday from 5:00-7:00pm

Tear Down: Tuesday by 5:00pm

Wednesday Poster Viewing

Set Up: Wednesday after 8:00am

Poster Viewing: Wednesday from 11:30am-1:00pm

Tear Down: Friday by 12:00pm


While laptop tables are available by request (please email ccard@ametsoc.org), electricity access is not. There will not be wireless access in the poster area.

Please note that AMS is not responsible for posters not removed by the tear down time.

Beyond the Meeting

For information about local attractions, events, and restaurants in Salt Lake City, please visit the Salt Lake City CVB’s website at http://www.visitsaltlake.com/.

Museums and Destinations

  1. Natural History Museum of Utah (301 Wakara Way) – A great natural history museum with an emphasis on Utah’s natural history
  2. Utah Museum of Fine Arts (410 Campus Center Dr.) – Collection of visual arts at the University of Utah
  3. Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (20 S W Temple) – Utah’s only contemporary art museum, located downtown
  4. The Leonardo Museum (209 500 S) – A first-of-a-kind museum where you can explore the unexpected places and ways that science, technology, art, and creativity connect
  5. Temple Square (950 North Temple) – Great gardens and fountains and you can explore your family history at the Family History Library
  6. Library Square (230 South 500 West)
  • Utah Arts Festival – June 23-26 (Utah’s largest outdoor arts fest celebrates 40 years this year)
  1. Utah State Capitol Building (350 State St.)

Downtown Restaurants

  1. Takashi (18 West Market St.) – Upscale Sushi
  2. Café Molise (55 W 100 S.) – Great Italian food and the BEST patio
  3. Eva’s Bakery (155 Main St.) – French bakery with great coffee and tea. Breakfast & lunch
  4. From Scratch (62 Gallivan Ave) – Locally sourced, pizza, pasta, and burger. Rustic-chic
  5. Red Iguana (736 W. North Temple, not walking distance) Very popular, great food and atmosphere
  6. Spitz (35 Broadway) – Mediterranean street food, great cocktails, and table games
  7. Sugarhouse (1100 East 2100 South) – Not downtown but has a number of great restaurants and bars

Downtown Bars

  1. Bar-X and Beer Bar (155 E 200 South) – Cozy, dark cocktail bar connected to a loud and open German style bar with great Brats and Beer.
  2. Beerhive (128 Main St.) – Laid back atmosphere. Pool and foosball downstairs
  3. Whiskey Street (323 Main St.) – Good food. Very happening atmosphere.
  4. Bodega (331 Main St.) – Small bar with great cocktails and “Speak-Easy” atmosphere downstairs. Great Food.

Nearby Parks

  1. Liberty Park (700 E 500 S) – Salt Lake’s Premier park with a great jogging path and pond. Tracy Aviary located at Liberty Park is the largest and oldest bird park in Utah
  2. Memory Grove (375 North 120 East)
  3. Sugarhouse Park (1300 E 2100 S) – Large lake and creek throughout. Lots of open greenspace
  4. Pioneer Park (350 South 300 West) – Only go here on Saturday for the Downtown Farmers Market

Mountain Destinations

  1. City Creek Canyon – Just Northeast of Salt Lake, the closest destination for access to mountain trails
  2. Millcreek Canyon – Great hiking trails
  3. Cottonwood Canyons – They’re famous for their skiing and have great trails and alpine lakes in the summer
  4. Park City – On the east side of the Wasatch Range, Park City has great restaurants and a huge number of trails for hiking and mountain biking


  1. TRAX
  2. Uber
  3. Lyft
  4. GREENbike


  1. Visit Salt Lake
  2. UTA 

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 (617) 226-3971, four–six weeks prior to the meeting to request special arrangements.  Special housing needs should be requested when making hotel reservations.

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