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Conference on Satellite Meteorology and Oceanography

October 2001
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Stephanie Kenitzer (AMS), (425) 432-2192 and
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(UW–Madison, SSEC), (608) 263-3373

MADISON, WI, October 2, 2001—
Leading satellite, meteorology and oceanography experts will be in Madison, Wisconsin in mid-October for a wide range of discussions and presentations in their fields. The 11th Conference on Satellite Meteorology and Oceanography, sponsored by the American Meteorological Society (AMS), is held October 15-18 at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center.

The four-day conference begins Monday, October 15 at 8 a.m. Central Time. Topics of discussion throughout the week will focus on research, technological advances, and application of satellite systems and data for short- and long-term weather and climate forecasting. Examples of the range of topics to be covered are:

  • Using remote sensing to monitor volcanoes, wildfires, ocean color and winds, sea ice, land and agricultural processes and coastal zones
  • Understanding the use of satellite data in climatology and other long-term studies
  • Using real-time satellite measurements in numerical modeling and hurricane and other severe weather studies
  • Creating atmospheric profiles such as ozone, moisture, aerosols and cloud water
  • New technology for both satellites and sensors such as neural networks and multi-sensor techniques

In addition to the conference sessions, an exhibit hall will feature the latest technology, products and services in the fields of satellite meteorology and oceanography.

The complete program for the conference is on the AMS Web site under conferences and meetings. Further details are also available from the conference chair: Christopher Velden, University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Although AMS will not be operating an official press room, media are invited to attend any/all sessions taking place at both conferences and interview experts from around the world. All media must sign in at the AMS registration desk at the Monona Terrace Convention Center, to receive access to sessions. The AMS contact at the Conference is Henry Reges at (608) 261-4170.

In partnership with the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, the Conference also will host NASA’s Electronic Theater, presented by Frederick “Fritz” Hasler of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Offering visually stunning views of Earth from space, the ETheater will be presented to the general public Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. in the Monona Terrace’s exhibition hall. Families with children in elementary school are urged to attend. Middle and high school students will attend previously scheduled shows during the day. The ETheater uses a wide variety of data sets to show Earth science phenomena around the world, from closeup views of Madison's four lakes to fishing fleets in the Sea of Japan.

The AMS is the nation’s leading professional society for scientists in the atmospheric and related sciences.

Direct comments, suggestions and inquiries to SSEC's Public Information Officer. For information about past media appearances, visit SSEC In the News.

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