Terms of Reference

Society’s increasing involvement with coastal and offshore areas through population-related and industrial pressures has accelerated and accentuated an awareness of the impact of natural processes on the coastal zones and offshore areas of the world.

The barriers to our ability to respond to society’s needs for information about the coastal atmosphere and its interactions with water and land are essentially the following: inadequately defined requirements for meteorological information; inadequate datasets and measurement techniques in the coastal zone on both sides of the land–water boundary; inadequate knowledge of coastal atmospheric and related ocean processes; and inadequate consolidation and exchange of available technology and data with problem solvers and decision makers working on problems in coastal and offshore areas.

This committee will consider the coastal zone to be that region that is appreciably altered by the common intersection of land, water, and air. This definition has no dimensional restrictions and, thus, includes continental coastal areas and adjacent waters of the continental shelf, and in addition those regions near islands, lakes, and large rivers, all of which exhibit coastal-related meteorological phenomena and are also subject to societal pressures.

The Committee on Meteorology and Oceanography of the Coastal Zone will facilitate and promote communication about and awareness of coastal zone meteorological and related oceanographic processes as a primary objective.

The functions of the committee are to

  1. advise the Society concerning significant problems in understanding coastal meteorological and related oceanographic processes and their impacts;
  2. promote the dissemination of information related to the science and technology of meteorological processes in coastal zones, including publication in relevant journals of the Society;
  3. stimulate interaction with other AMS committees and related professional societies involved in the physical science of coastal areas;
  4. stimulate improvements in the scientific aspects of weather warnings and forecasts for coastal and offshore areas;
  5. facilitate an effective exchange among coastal zone scientists, engineers, oceanographers, planners, operational meteorologists, and managers by planning and supporting national and international conferences, workshops, symposia, and seminars; and
  6. promote an increased awareness of the need for sponsorship of basic as well as applied meteorological and interdisciplinary research in coastal zones.