NOAA EXPERTS SHARE SCIENCE AND POLICIES
AT NATIONAL METEOROLOGICAL MEETING IN SEATTLE
NOAA leaders will discuss organizational
policies and researchers will share their latest findings on a variety
of climate and weather-related topics during the American Meteorological
Society (AMS) 84th Annual Meeting, Sunday through Thursday, Jan. 11-15.
All activities take place at the Washington State Convention &
Trade Center in Seattle. The American Meteorological Society is the
nation’s premier scientific society for those involved in the
atmospheric and related sciences.
/ National Weather Service Presentations
NOAA Deputy Under Secretary Jack
Kelly will give a speech that gives updates to the Integrated
Earth Observing System to participants in the Eighth Symposium on
Integrated Observing and Assimilation Systems for Atmosphere, Oceans,
and Land Surface, 5:00 t0 5:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 12 in room 6A.
DUS Kelly will talk about NOAA’s
Space Weather Program and serving the public’s needs at the
Symposium on Space Weather, 8:30 to 9 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 13 in room
NWS Deputy Director John Jones will present
“Working Together to Save Lives,” an overview of National
Weather Service accomplishments and its future to the Conference on
Interactive Information Processing Systems, 1:30 to 2 p.m. Monday,
Jan. 12, in Room 6B.
NWS Office of Science and Technology
Director Jack Hayes will present the Science and Technology Infusion
Plan which defines strategies, objectives and programs of the NWS
to meet operational requirements and exploit scientific opportunities,
2:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, in Room 613/614.
NOAA officials will hold a press briefing to announce the operational
start of a new monitoring network at 11 a.m. PST on Tuesday, Jan.
13, in Room 306. The U.S. Climate Reference Network is designed to
provide new data points that better track climate change and variability,
and help America’s decision-makers shape policies that are affected
by changes in climate. NOAA officials attending will be Gregory
W. Withee, assistant administrator, NOAA’s Satellite and
Information Service; Thomas Karl, director, NOAA’s National
Climatic Data Center; and Chet Koblinsky, director, NOAA Climate Office.
NOAA Space Environment Center director Ernie Hildner will participate
in a press briefing on Space Weather, along with NASA and National
Science Foundation partners, at 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, in
Research Special Session
NOAA is one of the nation's leading atmospheric and related sciences
research organizations. Information about NOAA Research initiatives
will be presented at a special brown bag lunch session at 12:15 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 14.
Annual Weather Review
NOAA officials will be featured speakers providing a look back at
the weather-related news from last year during the AMS review of the
major weather events including the fire weather, tornado and hurricane
seasons. The review will also cover flash flooding events and winter
Throughout the conference, NOAA researchers and forecasters will present
numerous scientific presentations on subjects related to the atmospheric
and related sciences - space weather, drought, flash floods, 2003
weather highlights, climate change, aviation weather, wildfires, El
Niño, meteorological history, heat and health issues, and weather
and national security.
The AMS 3rd Annual Weather Fest will take place from 12 noon until
4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 11. WeatherFest is a free, public science and
weather day geared toward the general public and greater Seattle community.
The four-hour science fair will feature 48 exhibits including hands-on
demonstrations, videos, and much more. Many activities are geared
to students (pre-school through high school) and the public who’s
interested in how weather impacts their lives every day. Drawings
for books, weather radios, weather stations, T-shirts and much more.
National Weather Service Partnership Policy
NWS Strategic Planning and Policy Director Ed Johnson will conduct
media interviews on the agency’s public/private partnership
draft policy from 9-10 a.m., Jan. 12 in the Press Room.
Anniversary of Numerical Weather Prediction
NOAA National Centers for Environmental Prediction Director Louis
Uccellini will lead a cake cutting celebration of this achievement
and discuss what it means to the weather, water, and climate communities
at 6 p.m. PST Monday, Jan. 12, at the NOAA booth in the AMS Exhibit
The AMS will operate a press room from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through
Thursday, Jan. 12-15, in Room 400 in the North Wing of the Washington
State Convention and Trade Center, (206) 219-4730;(206) 219-4734 fax.
Press releases available in the room are also on the AMS Web site
http://www.ametsoc.org. A separate
interview room is also available.
Media must register in the press room
before conducting interviews with AMS participants.
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and warnings for the United States and its territories. NOAA Weather
Service operates the most advanced weather and flood warning and forecast
system in the world, helping to protect lives and property and enhance
the national economy.
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