The American Meteorological Society’s (AMS) 94th Annual Meeting was hosted in Atlanta this year during the week of February 2, 2014. The theme of the meeting was "Extreme Weather- Climate and the Built Environment: New Perspectives, Opportunities and Tools." JPSS scientists and engineers joined many of their colleagues from across NOAA, NESDIS, academia, industry and the international community to take advantage of the amazing opportunity AMS affords to present their research, demonstrate and exhibit their science applications and tools, and have discussions with other international scientists, fellow colleagues and partners.
Over 3,300 people representing 22 countries attended the meeting, which consisted of 35 conferences and symposiums that promoted the development and dissemination of information and education on atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences. Among the attendees were 700 students and 250 educators who gained exposure to NOAA sciences, research, products, services and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) career pathways.
JPSS team members participated in six presentations and co-chaired eight sessions throughout the week on topics that included JPSS Proving Ground efforts, program status updates, and work underway with partners across NOAA and NASA. Additionally, the JPSS team led the development and implementation of the 10th Annual Symposium on New Generation Operational Environmental Satellite Systems which consisted of oral and poster presentations with emphasis on how Suomi NPP, JPSS, GOES-R and other new generation operational environmental satellite systems have and will enhance our Nation’s ability to observe, predict, and communicate weather and climate data.
NESDIS and JPSS were featured in the NOAA booth in the exhibit hall and highlighted the importance of observations to NOAA. The booth also provided a central location for leadership and members of the weather and science communities to meet and engage in discussions.