Wednesday, July 13, 2011

AMS session: Environment, Climate Change, and Security

From the Weather & Society Discussion Board of the American Meteorological Society:


Hello All,

As you know, abstracts are being accepted for the 7th Symposium on Policy and Socio-Economic Research, being held in conjunction with the American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting. The meeting will be held January 22-26, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. For the last two years, we've held a special session on "environmental security", which is an interdisciplinary area that encompasses meteorology, climatology, international relations, security studies, and a host of other fields of study. This year we are soliciting papers for presentation in this up and coming area. The information about the session is shown below.

Proposed Title: Environment, Climate Change, and Security

Description: This session is intended to build on special sessions we've had on environmental security at the last two policy symposia. In 2010 our intention was to introduce the topic of environmental security to the AMS membership through a summary talk and panel discussion entitled "Environmental Security: National Security Implications of Global Climate Change". In Seattle, we had two invited speakers talk about environmental security from a global summary perspective, and from a regional study perspective. The AMS now has an ad-hoc committee on Environmental Security within the Committee for the Climate and Weather Enterprise. This year we would like to solicit papers that address aspects of environmental security from the global scale down to individual region/country studies. Using this year's AMS meeting theme of “Technology in Research and Operations—How We Got Here and Where We’re Going”, our focus will be on papers that make use of technology to ! help unravel the complex dependencies in the natural environment (e.g., carrying capacity, supply and demand), how these parameters can be perturbed by extreme environmental events, climatic anomalies, flawed governmental policies, and how the resultant changes in a nation's or region's environmental and socioeconomic factors can lead to regional destabilization in the developing world, or critical infrastructure vulnerabilities in the developed world. While a great deal of attention is focused on national and international security issues, we would also be interested in papers that deal with how these destabilizing influences affect human security in the developing world.

If anyone has questions or would like to know more about the session or ES in general, please feel free to contact me via this forum or through my email contact given below. Keep in mind that the abstract deadline is 1 Aug. I look forward to hearing from you.


Dr. John M. Lanicci
Associate Professor, Applied Meteorology Program
Associate Coordinator, M.S. in Aeronautics Program
Dept. of Applied Aviation Sciences
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd.
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Voice: (386) 226-6856
Fax: (386) 226-7739

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