91st American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting-Seattle, WA

Start Date/Time: Sunday, January 23, 2011, 8:00 AM
Ending Date/Time: Thursday, January 27, 2011, 5:00 PM
Location: Seattle, WA

"The theme of the 2011 AMS Annual Meeting is “Communicating Weather and Climate.” Effective two-way communication is essential for scientific research, education and serving the public. Within disciplines, it lets us access the latest results and keep up with new findings. In interdisciplinary efforts, effective communication allows us to work across disciplines and understand each other—even when we speak unique scientific languages. In education, it underpins our ability to advance general knowledge of weather and climate and contribute to the scientific literacy of our society. In serving the public, effective education lets us express weather and climate forecasts clearly and in terms people can understand and use. Listening is an essential part of effective communication; we must not only present information clearly, but must also listen and learn from students, policy makers, and the general public. Listening to and integrating the ideas of partners in other disciplines or the public sector will lead to better research, products and services for our diverse society. Today, we have access to more experience and research on what and how to communicate, and it is time to focus on the effective integration of this research within the weather and climate enterprise. At the same time, rapidly-changing technology brings new and powerful tools to disseminate and receive information, as well as new concerns or challenges. "