A Committee of the Assembly of Sea Grant Extension Program Leaders
The AMS Conference on Climate Adaptation, organized by the AMS Board on Societal Impacts, will be held 18‐
20 July 2011 in Asheville, North Carolina. This conference will offer a unique opportunity for scientists and
non‐scientists to interact and hear from one another. Joint sessions will be held with the 19th Conference on
Applied Climatology and the 36th Annual Meeting of the American Association of State Climatologists. A
preliminary program, registration, hotel, and general information will appear on the AMS website
(http://www.ametsoc.org) in April 2011.
Recognition that even if the world were to take aggressive action to curb greenhouse gas emissions there will
still be a substantial amount of warming, has spurred interest in adapting to climate variability and change.
This conference will showcase state‐of‐the‐art adaptation research, present real‐world examples from
practitioners, and explore the role of science in adaptation planning and decision‐making. Oral and poster
presentations are solicited from a wide range of academic disciplines and professional groups (including local
and state governments, government agencies, and non‐governmental organizations). Topics include (but are
not limited to):
What are the latest advancements in climate product development, modeling capabilities, and
• Climate model downscaling: techniques, limitations, and opportunities
• Integrated modeling: natural, technological, ecological, and social
• Climate information and decision support tools
Is science meeting adaptation needs?
• Risk communication
• Dealing with uncertainty
• Approaches to climate change assessment
• Adaptation metrics
How is society responding to the adaptation message?
• From global to local: adaptation from a stakeholder’s perspective
• Governance and institutions: making it work with and without special rules and regulations
• Linking science to policy and planning
• Education efforts/training/tools/models: what is already available and how is it helping?
What are the limits of our ability to prepare for coming climate challenges?
• Climate extremes
• Financing: public and private options: by whom and how are adaptation actions being funded?
• The intersection of adaptation and mitigation
Please submit your abstract electronically via the Web by 15 February 2011 (refer to the AMS Web page at
is charged at the time of submission (refundable only if abstract is not accepted). This abstract fee will also
include the costs for submission of an extended electronic manuscript (details below) and digital recording of
all oral presentations.
Authors of accepted presentations will be notified via e‐mail by 30 March 2011. These authors are strongly
encouraged to submit an extended manuscript electronically by 12 July 2011. Instructions for formatting
extended abstracts (PDF format, up to 3 MB in size) will be posted on the AMS web site. All abstracts,
extended abstracts and presentations will be available on the AMS web site at no cost. For additional
information please contact the program chairs: Lee Tryhorn, Northeast Regional Climate Center, Ithaca, New
York (email@example.com; 607‐254‐6396) or Lynne Carter, Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program,
(firstname.lastname@example.org; 225 578‐8374).