[Grad-postdoc-assn] Call for a Student Member of the American Meteorological Society Committee on Applied Climatology

Erin Towler towler at mmm.ucar.edu
Tue Mar 1 17:28:58 MST 2011

*Call for a Student Member of the American Meteorological Society 
Committee on Applied Climatology *

The AMS Committee on Applied Climatology seeks a student member to serve 
a one- year term starting in Summer 2011, with the possibility of a 
renewal for a second year. Both undergraduate and graduate students are 
eligible for this position. The ideal candidate should have demonstrated 
interest in Applied Climatology through involvement in the field and 
participation in past conference and meetings. The student member will 
participate in all committee functions including meetings and 
teleconference calls, and will attend the Applied Climatology 
conference. Funding will be made available to offset travel costs 
associated with attending the conference. More details on the role of 
the Committee on Applied Climatology are provided below.

Both self-nominations and nominations made on behalf of the student by 
professionals/AMS members will be accepted. All nominations should be 
submitted to Laura Edwards (laura.edwards at dri.edu 
<mailto:laura.edwards at dri.edu>) by March 15, 2011. Nominations should 
include a copy of the student's CV, a statement describing why they are 
interested in serving on the Committee, and a letter of support from a 
faculty member.

The objective of the Committee on Applied Climatology is to further the 
application of state-of-the-art knowledge, information, and technology 
to real-world socioeconomic and environmental problems.

Committee concerns include, but are not restricted to, the following:

   1. development of methods and techniques that identify and describe
      climatic patterns and relationships, including such traditional
      descriptors of climate as normals;
   2. assessment of societal and biological climate impacts and the
      historical changes in this impact because of past climate variations;
   3. availability of climate information that enhances understanding of
      the impact of climate on managed and unmanaged systems;
   4. oversight of observational and measurement techniques to maintain
      the integrity and representativeness of short- and long-term
      databases to permit an accurate and unbiased evaluation of climate
   5. increased availability of data, particularly on local and regional
   6. development of climatic models for tailored applications to human
      endeavors from micro- to macrospatial scales and from immediate to
      long-term temporal scales; and
   7. development of improved linkages between applied climatologists
      and users of climate data products to facilitate the application
      of climatic information in decision making.

The committee recognizes the broad variety of scientific disciplines 
concerned with applied climatology and encourages stronger interactions 
of climatologists with other scientists and climate data users through 
national and international conferences. Many of these conferences are 
planned jointly with other American Meteorological Society (AMS) 
committees on related disciplines, such as the Committees on Probability 
and Statistics, Climate Variations, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 
and Biometeorology and Aerobiology, as well as the Program Committee on 
Global Change Studies.

The committee also recognizes its responsibility to provide advice on 
the capabilities and needs of the applied climatologist to other AMS 
committees concerned with technique and method development; analysis, 
diagnosis, and prediction of climatic variations; and climatic impact 

Melissa L. Griffin
Assistant State Climatologist
Florida Climate Center
Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies

email: griffin at coaps.fsu.edu <mailto:griffin at coaps.fsu.edu>
tele: 850-644-0719
fax: 850-644-5092

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