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UAS Abuzz at the AMS Annual Meeting, Once Again

NOAA UAS Program Participates in Participates in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Session at American Meteorological Society (AMS) Annual Meeting.

For the third year in a row, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and talk of their unique applications and benefits to the meteorological community have made a big splash at the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Annual Meeting. Making its debut in a set of back-to-back sessions during the 18th Symposium on Meteorological Observation and Instrumentation at the AMS 2016 meeting in New Orleans, LA, there was standing-room-only for many of the talks. The popular topic appeared again during both a morning and an afternoon session at the AMS 2017 meeting in Seattle, WA, and now for a full day once again at this year’s AMS 2018 meeting in Austin, TX.  

With topics at these sessions broadly ranging from the use of small UAS for lower atmospheric measurements and post-disaster damage assessment up to high-altitude long-endurance UAS for large-scale high impact weather prediction, interest within the meteorological research and operational communities continues to grow fervently for such useful applications of this latest technological innovation. John Walker, an unmanned systems atmospheric scientist supporting the NOAA UAS Program Office has attended each of the past three meetings and had this to say about this year’s round of sessions and presenters: “It’s definitely a very exciting time to be a meteorologist working at the cross-roads of research-to-operations in the field of UAS capability development!  This is a terrific community of folks whose enthusiasm for the science and for the proper development of these applications to that science knows no bounds.”

The next AMS Annual Meeting is scheduled for 6-10 January 2019 and will be located in Phoenix, AZ. With detailed discussions of upcoming UAS developments and campaigns already starting up within the meteorological research and operational community for the rest of 2018, the UAS sessions for next year are sure to draw in yet another a large crowd of the “regulars” and new-comers, alike.

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