Terms of Reference

The Committee on Measurements coordinates and fosters activities related to instruments and measurement techniques used in the scientific study of the atmosphere and related environmental disciplines, and routine monitoring of weather and the environment.

The scope of the committee includes instrument development and standardization; data acquisition and display systems; techniques of measurement, data processing, and data analysis and display; interpretation and evaluation of measurements and instrumentation; and instrument siting and the design of operational and research networks incorporating disparate observing systems.

These areas, of necessity, overlay the interests of other committees, including for example, the Committees on Radar Meteorology; Atmospheric Chemistry; Atmospheric Electricity; Aviation, Range, and Aerospace Meteorology; Cloud Physics; and Laser Atmospheric Studies. For this reason, the Committee on Measurements emphasizes interdisciplinary communication and considers issues and topics involving measurements that are of general interest to large segments of the community as well as specific instrumentation and measurement issues. This includes interactions with other AMS committees, as well as with other societies—both national and international—on topics of mutual interest. On occasion, the committee may initiate ad hoc action groups, each including at least one committee member, to discuss and make recommendations on specific topics of current interest.

Specific objectives of the Committee on Measurements include the following:

  1. advise the Society on matters relating to instrumentation and related technology, including data acquisition and display, and interactive graphics systems;
  2. encourage the development and application of improved instrumentation and measurement technology for both research and operational applications to meteorology and related disciplines;
  3. suggest and disseminate improved standards and specifications for instrumentation performance and data quality;
  4. identify problem areas and shortcomings in existing measurement technology and call attention to areas where technological breakthroughs seem imminent; and
  5. stimulate and coordinate scientific and technical interchange of information in the areas listed above by
    • sponsoring at least once every five years a symposium on meteorological observations and instrumentation, preferably with concurrent publication of a symposium preprint or extended abstract volume;
    • sponsoring or cosponsoring other meetings or symposia on such topics as observations, measurement technology, data acquisition and display systems, and experimental design; and
    • coordinating committee activities with other national and international societies and organizations.