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Date:3/20/2014

WASHINGTON March 20, 2014 In the wake of seven weather and climate disaster events last year with losses exceeding $1 billion each across the United States, scientists are exploring options to build resilience nationwide to natural hazards. To bridge the scientific and federal policy communities, the American Meteorological Society (AMS) will hold its annual Washington Forum April 1-3, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Former astronaut Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will give the keynote address.

"NOAA is the quintessential big data agency," Dr. Sullivan said. "Each day, NOAA collects 20 terabytes of data from our network of forecast models and observational platforms, yet only a small percentage of this extremely valuable information is made available to the public. To realize the full potential of these data, we're looking to the weather, water and climate enterprise, including AMS members, to help solve our big data problem. Working together, not only can AMS and NOAA create new and innovative products and services based off our data, we can ensure that U.S. forecasting capabilities remain second to none."

The theme of this year's forum is "Leveraging the Enterprise: Strengthening Our Value to Society." Sessions topics will include the societal impacts of and recovery from Typhoon Haiyan, as well as health impacts of extreme weather and climate events.

"Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest storm to strike land in recorded history, fed off warm waters and warm air, both of which are trends that will likely worsen in the future due to climate change," said Dr. David Robinson, state climatologist of New Jersey and professor at Rutgers University. "The Philippines is not the only country that needs to guard against killer storms. Superstorm Sandy was a recent disaster that reinforces the need for the United States to improve resilience to natural hazards."

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Contact: Ellen Klicka
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American Meteorological Society
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