Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Call for Papers: AAG 08

Weather and Society*Integrated Studies (WAS *IS) Session

Co-sponsored by the Climate Specialty Group, and the Environmental Perception and Behavioral Geography Specialty Group

Organizers: Jennifer Cox (City University of New York Graduate Center) and Carlie Lawson (Natural Hazards Consulting)

WAS*IS engages in identifying and pursuing research opportunities in addition to improving or facilitating the ongoing relationships among practitioners, researchers, and stakeholders in meteorology and the social sciences. This panel session seeks theoretical, empirical, or practical applications that demonstrate the integration of weather research and societal impacts.

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Quantitative or qualitative methodologies for improving understanding, communication, and use of weather and climate information,
  • Communicating uncertainty and forecasts,
  • Intersections of warnings, response and emergency management,
  • Research in mitigation, preparedness, and sustainability,
  • Role of technology for modeling or mapping hazards and vulnerability.

We invite papers exploring new approaches to study weather, climate, and society.

Please submit your abstract (250 words or less) and PIN to one of the organizers, Jennifer Cox ( or Carlie Lawson ( by November 27, 2007.

WAS* IS Climatology and Hazards of Severe Weather Session

Co-sponsored by the Climate Specialty Group, and Hazards Specialty Group

Organizer: Walker Ashley (Meteorology Program, Department of Geography, Northern Illinois University)

Severe weather poses a significant threat to societies around the world. Improving the forecasts and warnings of these events is a result of advancements in analysis and forecasting techniques, technologies, dissemination methods, and the new scientific understanding that develops from basic and applied research such as descriptive or synoptic climatologies. This paper session will explore the climatology and hazards of tornadoes, hail, high winds, lightning, floods, and/or severe winter-weather phenomenon. Contributors are encouraged to provide descriptive or synoptic climatologies of severe weather phenomena, assess past hazards or illustrate the future risks and potential vulnerabilities of societies to severe weather events, and/or present novel techniques in overcoming issues related to severe weather reporting procedures.

Please submit your abstract (250 words or less) and PIN to the organizer, Walker Ashley ( by November 27, 2007.

If you have any questions about the sessions, please contact the organizers.

Abstract instructions are available from the AAG website at: