Texas Roundup: Highlights from the American Meteorological Society Meeting in Austin
- Formal adoption of statements on climate change and freedom of scientific expression
- Improvement in forecasting: 36-hour forecast was the goal in the 1970s; models predicted Superstorm Sandy nine days before landfall
- 2,900 submissions to scholarly journals, a new record and continuing trend
- Reduction from 5 years to 2 years the period of closed access (subscription only) to journals
- Expedited contributions section in AMS journals for more focused and shorter articles
- Removal of charges for color figures (huzzah!)
- Planning for a new Wiki glossary of meteorology, with links to engaging animations.
After presenting the awards on Wednesday evening, AMS President Louis Uccellini closed the evening by lassoing the new president, Dr. J. Marshall from the University of Georgia, for a few closing remarks. In keeping with the meeting theme, Marshall reiterated the need for the society to stay current not only by embracing new science and technology, but also new modes of communicating with the public, including social media channels like Twitter and YouTube.
Next year’s AMS Annual Meeting will be held February 2-6 in Atlanta, Georgia. Information on other upcoming AMS meetings is available here.