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The American Meteorological Society (AMS)
is the premier scientific and professional organization in the United States promoting
and disseminating information about the atmospheric, oceanic, and hydrologic sciences. Its mission is to advance the atmospheric
and related sciences, technologies, applications, and services for the benefit of society.==Background==
Founded in 1919 by Charles Franklin Brooks, the American Meteorological Society has a
membership of more than 13,000 weather, water, and climate scientists, professionals, researchers,
educators, students, and enthusiasts.AMS offers numerous programs and services in the sphere
of water, weather and climate sciences. It publishes eleven atmospheric and related
oceanic and hydrologic journals (in print and online), sponsors as many as twelve conferences
annually, and administers professional certification programs and awards. The AMS Policy and Education programs promote
scientific knowledge and work to increase public understanding of science. There is also an extensive network of local
and student AMS chapters.AMS headquarters is located at 45 Beacon Street adjacent to
the Boston Common in Boston, Massachusetts. The headquarters building was designed by
Charles Bulfinch as the third Harrison Gray Otis House in 1806 and was purchased and renovated
by AMS in 1958, with staff moving into the building in 1960. In 2012, AMS purchased the building next door
at 44 Beacon Street, also designed by Bulfinch. AMS also maintains an office in Washington,
D.C. at 1200 New York Avenue NW inside the AAAS headquarters.==Certification programs==
AMS maintains professional certification programs: the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM)
sets a professional standard in broadcast meteorology and the Certified Consulting Meteorologist
(CCM) establishes high standards of technical competence, character, and experience for
consultants who provide advice in meteorology to the public. The AMS Seal of Approval was launched in 1957
to recognize on-air meteorologists for their sound delivery of weather information to the
general public. Many seal holders are still active, though
the original Seal was succeeded by the CBM. Those looking for an expert can consult the
listings of all AMS Certified individuals.==Awards==
AMS recognizes excellent work with over 30 different awards ranging from outstanding
research contributions in specific fields to awards for excellence in teaching or broadcasting,
outstanding books, exceptional service in forecasting, and more including its highest
honor: the Carl-Gustaf Rossby Medal.AMS also awards more than $100,000 annually in undergraduate
and graduate level scholarships and fellowships.==Publications==
AMS publishes eleven peer reviewed scientific journals, as well as books, and monographs,
accounting for more than 34,000 pages each year. AMS journals are consistently ranked at or
near the top of their fields for impact factor. In addition, AMS publishes the Glossary of
Meteorology, a blog and the scientific database Meteorological and Geoastrophysical Abstracts. AMS is a member of Crossref, Portico, CHORUS,
and CLOCKSS.==Policy Program==
The AMS Policy Program works to increase public understanding of the role of scientific information
in societal advancement and helps policy-makers ground their decisions in the best available
scientific knowledge. It carries out research, holds periodic briefings
that allow experts to inform policy makers directly on established scientific understanding
and the latest policy-relevant research, and hosts an annual Summer Policy Colloquium to
introduce Earth scientists to the federal policy process. The Congressional Science Fellowship places
an AMS scientist on the staff of a member of Congress for one full year.==Statements==
AMS issues and periodically updates four different types of statements on topics that fall within
the scope of AMS expertise: Information statements aim to provide a trustworthy,
objective and scientifically up-to-date explanation of scientific issues of concern to the public
at large. They deal with subjects such as climate change
and drought. Policy statements are aimed at officials of
government or international bodies and may articulate the state of scientific understanding,
raise awareness of a scientific issue, or make policy recommendations based on the professional
and scientific expertise and perspectives of the AMS (examples: Weather, Water, and
Climate Priorities; Geoengineering the Climate System; Space Weather)
Professional guidance statements alert AMS members to urgent or important AMS, professional
or scientific matters. (examples: Strengthening Social Sciences in
the Weather–Climate Enterprise; Green Meetings) Best Practice statements inform AMS members
and the public about AMS endorsed best practices across the weather, water, and climate enterprise
and promote scientifically-based standards and practices. (example: Best Practices for Publicly Sharing
Weather Information Via Social Media)==Meetings and events==
AMS organizes a large number national and international meetings, specialized conferences
and workshops. Annually, more than 6,000 people attend AMS
meetings covering science, technology and applications in the atmospheric and related
oceanographic and hydrologic sciences. In addition to the AMS Annual Meeting, the
98th of which was held in Austin, Texas in 2018, a number of specialty meetings are held
each year. AMS records oral presentations given at its
meetings and posts them online for anyone to view free of charge. Over thirty conferences and symposia are held
concurrently during the AMS Annual Meeting, during which more than 2000 Oral Presentations
are given, and more than 1000 Posters are presented. The AMS Annual Meeting also features an exhibits
program, where companies and organizations participate.==Education Program==
The AMS Education Program offers training, workshops, and undergraduate course curriculum
to educate the next generation and increase scientific literacy. It claims to have trained over 100,000 teachers. AMS partners with NOAA, NASA the NSF and the
U.S. Navy to offer a suite of teacher professional development programs, including three DataStreme
courses, Project ATMOSPHERE, and the Maury Project. Textbooks and Investigations Manuals used
in AMS DataStreme and Undergraduate Courses are dynamic eBooks with web-based features. Many AMS members contribute to the creation
and editing of course materials.==Membership==
The American Meteorological Society has more than 13,000 individual members in nearly 100
countries. Membership was initially limited to professionals
or scholars in the atmospheric or related sciences, but today an array of membership
categories accommodate a wide range of people including students, teachers, corporations
and weather enthusiasts.===Fellows===
Fellows of the AMS are those who “have made outstanding contributions to the atmospheric
or related oceanic or hydrologic sciences or their applications during a substantial
period of years”. They are elected annually. As of November 2018, 1195 members had been
appointed as fellows, of whom 327 were deceased and 150 inactive.===Presidents===
The following AMS members served as presidents
of the society during the listed periods:==See also==
American Geophysical Union National Weather Association

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