AMS 31st Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology

Introduction

Mark Guishard travelled to San Diego to attend and speak at the American Meteorological Society (AMS) 31st Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology on behalf of RPI2.0, during the period March 31-April 4. This event is held every 2 years, and typically alternates between the east and west coasts of the US. The conference website indicates the following: “Papers are solicited on all aspects of tropical meteorology and oceanography, including convection, tropical waves, tropical cyclones, extratropical transition, intraseasonal variability, large scale circulation, monsoons, air-sea interaction, climate, observing systems and strategies, data assimilation, numerical modeling, operational forecasting, storm surge, and hazard communication.” In recent years, the topic of Catastrophe Modelling has become more prevalent in the program offered. At the last (2012) meeting in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, there was an industry session held in the evening which was jointly hosted by RPI2.0, and during which the rebranding and refocussing of the Risk Prediction Initiative was announced widely to the academic community. At the recent 2014 meeting, Guishard presented the scope and extent of RPI2.0’s research activities, and the vision for conducting more research with relevance to loss simulation, leveraging the advent of new advances in open modelling and third-party data providers for vendor models. Additionally, he presented (via poster) our results from the Crowd Sourced Seasonal Landfall Forecast Competition last year.

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