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Elvia H. Thompson
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1696)

Rob Gutro/Cynthia M. O'Carroll
Goddard Space Flight Center
(Phone: 301/286-4044; 301/614-5563)
AMS Press Room
(Phone: 206/219-4730)

January 7, 2004
NASA Administrator Kicks Off Meteorological Meeting
NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe will kick off the American Meteorological Society (AMS) 84th Annual Meeting on Sunday in Seattle. He will discuss NASA's contributions to climate and weather research in his opening remarks at 10 p.m. EST on Jan. 11 in Room 6A.

NASA researchers will share their latest findings on a variety of climate and weather-related topics in a briefing, two short courses and numerous presentations during the five-day meeting at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center.

Richard Fisher, Director of NASA's Sun-Earth Connection Division, will participate in a press briefing on Space Weather, along with researchers from NOAA and the National Science Foundation, on Tuesday, Jan. 13, at 1 p.m. EST in Room 306.

NASA researchers will present two short courses. Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd will present Satellite Data Assimilation on Sunday, Jan. 11, 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. EST in Room 618. Dr. Geary Schwemmer will present Lidar for Meteorologists 101 on Sunday, Jan. 11, 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. EST in Room 616.

NASA scientists will participate in the two main symposia: the Symposium on Forecasting the Weather and Climate of the Atmosphere and Ocean, and the Symposium on Planning, Prediction and Nowcasting in the Urban Zone.

NASA scientists will also make presentations on:

- Status of NASA Satellite, Field Observations, and Numerical Modeling Addressing the Impact of Urbanization on Short and Long Term Precipitation Variability

- Use of EOS Data in AWIPS for Weather Forecasting

- Impact of High Resolution Water Vapor Measurements from Airborne Lidar on Hurricane Characterization and Forecasting

- Convective Towers in Eyewalls of Tropical Cyclones Observed by the TRMM Precipitation Radar in 1998 through 2001

- The NASA Short-Term Prediction Research and Transition (SPORT) Center: A Collaborative Model for Accelerating Research into Operations

- Diabatic Initialization of Mesoscale Models in the Southeastern U.S.: Can 0 to 12 Hour Warm Season Numerical Quantitative Precipitation Forecasts (QPF) be Improved?

- Improved Sounding Capability

- Global Urban-Scale Land-Atmosphere Modeling with the Land Information System

- Tropical Diabatic Heating and the Role of Convective Processes as Represented in Several Contemporary Climate Models

- Multi-Angle Imaging Spectroradiometer (MISR) Data Available for Atmosphere, Ocean and Land Surface Characterization

- Assessing Value of Experimental Forecast Products Within the NWSFO Environment

- Ceres Data Products for Climate Studies

- Can U.S. West Coast Climate be Forecast?

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