EMS Annual Meeting 2019
The Annual Meetings of the EMS aim at fostering exchange and cross-fertilization of ideas in the meteorological, climatological, and related communities.
Facilitating interactions, integration, and engagement of science, applications, and actors is our core objective. The session programme highlights these goals and offers many opportunities for enhancing collaboration across the entire weather and climate enterprise (public, private, academic, users, and NGOs) to benefit societies in Europe and worldwide.
In addition, a particular focus of the 2019 Annual Meeting, reflecting the interests and activities of the host institutions, will be on Arctic (and Antarctic) issues and challenges.
Surface temperature in the Arctic has increased at approximately twice the global rate. Simultaneously, the sea-ice area has decreased in all seasons, glaciers have been retreating, freshwater, soils, and permafrost have been warming, and precipitation and river discharges into the Arctic Ocean have increased. These changes have dramatic impacts on the ecology and societies of the Arctic, raising issues for future safety, socio-economic impacts, and infrastructure investments, thus underlining the urgent need for a better understanding of all relevant processes of the Earth system. Moreover, this Arctic amplification may affect mid-latitudes, possibly with more frequent extreme weather events, and thus needs dedicated attention. Despite the long history of Arctic meteorology, the work on understanding these complex interactions make the Arctic an ever evolving scientific frontier.
The EMS 2019 Annual Meeting will address these issues in an integrated and comprehensive way, also including Antarctic issues.