Terms of Reference

The board is concerned with the interactions occurring within the atmosphere-biosphere system. The board builds on a long history of research in biometeorology and is evolving fulfill the need to address how life on earth influences the atmosphere and how the atmosphere system affects life on earth. This is response to the driving need to understand how the earth system will evolve under a changing climate and changing environmental pressures. In the sense of this definition, this Board and another committee of the AMS are primarily concerned with biometeorology and aerobiology, while several others also have mutual interests.

The Committee on Agricultural and Forest Meteorology and the Board on Atmospheric Biogeosciences are both in a sense biometeorologically oriented; however, the former concerns itself with agriculture crops and forests. Close cooperation between them is essential. It is fostered by joint meetings, mutual exchange of meeting minutes, reports, and so forth. The Board on Atmospheric Biogeosciences focuses on the science of how living organisms impact and are impacted by the atmospheric system. Key issues include changing atmospheric composition, climate change, land cover change, expanding atmospheric pollution, human and ecosystem health. The living organisms include humans, animals, plants, microbes, microfauna, and insects. All of these interact with the atmosphere to regulate energy, water, carbon, nitrogen and mineral cycles. In addition, the interests of many other communities are related to this board's interest, because of the explicitly interdisciplinary nature of atmospheric biogeosciences. For example, the interaction between the biosphere and the atmosphere is primarily through exchange of mass, energy, water vapor, and trace gases including key greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and ozone, oxidative species, NOx, NOy, VOCs, and sulfur oxides and aerosols.

These are of great interest to the Committees on Atmospheric Chemistry, Boundary Layers and Turbulence, Hydrology, Meteorological Aspects of Air Pollution, Planned and Inadvertent Weather Modification, Atmospheric Radiation, and Mesoscale Processes. Also, there is a link between aerobiology and the interests of the Committee on Cloud Physics. The broad scope of the Board on Atmospheric Biogeosciences means that cooperation with other committees is necessary. The purpose and functions of the Board on Atmospheric Biogeosciences are to:

  1. give advice to the Society in matters concerning atmospheric perspectives in Biogeosciences and to assist the Society in formulating statements and positions on related issues;
  2. participate in and organize scientific meetings and symposia in Biogeosciences in order to stimulate research and to discuss and clarify pertinent problems;
  3. facilitate dialogue between biologists and meteorologists concerning interdisciplinary research and education in the biological regulation of atmospheric composition and; and represent the Society, upon request of the Council, in matters of Biogeosciences.
  4. seek nominations for the Outstanding Achievement in Biometeorology and Fellows.