Extreme Weather — Climate and the Built Environment: New Perspectives, Opportunities, & Tools
The 2014 AMS annual meeting in Atlanta will focus on how society & scientists can confront weather & climate extreme events.
In 2011, the United States experienced twelve $1 billion weather and climate disasters. Globally, weather and climate disasters contributed to more than one-third of a trillion dollars in damages. The scientific literature and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have independently suggested that the intensity and frequency of extreme weather events will increase due to climate change.
Atlanta, Georgia, is a fitting location to host this important meeting — within the last 5 years the city has experienced a devastating drought, a tornado in the central business district, and a 200- to 500-year flood event. The intent of this national conversation is to evaluate opportunities for improving:
- User-driven impact-based forecasts/warnings,
- Integration of social and natural sciences into services,
- Service delivery across the weather enterprise, and
- Community planning and impacts mitigation.