AMS Short Course: Understanding and Communicating the New Science of Atmospheric Rivers

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11 June 2019

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The AMS Short Course on the Understanding and Communicating the New Science of Atmospheric Rivers will be held on 11 June 2019 preceding the 47th AMS Conference on Broadcast Meteorology/Fifth Conference on Weather Warnings and Communication in San Diego, CA.

This short course will enable the attendee to better understand and communicate the relatively new meteorological science of atmospheric rivers (ARs) and new Atmospheric River scale.  ARs are an important component of worldwide weather; especially along the West Coast of the U.S. ARs are a critical link in the hydrologic cycle and vital to understanding large floods, landslides, mountain snowfall/avalanches, water supply, extreme rainfall and even drought.


Each year additional research is published to refine and expand new information about atmospheric rivers.  This course will contain an overview of AR science and the latest research. Plus, there will be information on how to communicate AR impacts. Also, there will be an introduction and overview of the new atmospheric river scale.


The course is primarily aimed at broadcast meteorologists but emergency managers, public safety officials, hydrologists, civil engineers, all earth science academia (students & researchers) will benefit.


The course is divided into two parts. Part one address information understanding atmospheric rivers. Part two will survey AR impacts and communicating atmospheric river information.


The course consists as a half-day morning lecture with two presentation and handouts.


F Martin Ralph, PhD

Director Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes

UCSD Scripps Institution of Oceanography


Lawrence Schick

Hydrometeorologist, water management / flood control

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle  (retired)

Television meteorologist, AMS Seal (retired)


Internet access will be available but computer internet access is not required for the course.


For more information please contact Lawrence Schick   206-979-6095