NOAA, AMS, EUMETSAT to host major international satellite conference

UPDATED: September 23, 2019. Speaker list has been updated
September 17, 2019 Reporters will have the opportunity to interview NOAA officials and others as top leaders and data users of the world’s most advanced weather satellite systems meet in Boston, Sept. 30 to Oct. 4, for the international 2019 Joint Satellite Conference. The event will highlight satellite science, technology and innovation.
An atmospheric river drenched California with heavy rain and mountain snow the week of February 10, 2019, triggering flash floods, mudslides and winter storm warnings in the Sierra Nevada. This "conveyor belt" of clouds and moisture stretching across the Pacific Ocean easily stands out in this Feb. 14, 2019, infrared image from NOAA's newly operational GOES West (GOES-17) satellite.

Panel discussions and other presentations will cover a range of topics, including how an international fleet of next-generation satellites is:

  • Better predicting severe weather and flooding
  • Providing more accurate hurricane forecasts 
  • Detecting and tracking wildfires across the globe 
  • Monitoring climate trends in the Arctic and Antarctic
  • Mapping lightning strikes around the world
  • Guiding drought forecasts and assisting food security

For the first time, the Joint Satellite Conference brings together in one setting the NOAA Satellite Conference, the American Meteorological Society’s (AMS) Conference on Satellite Meteorology, Oceanography and Climatology, and the Meteorological Satellite Conference of EUMETSAT, the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites.

The conference is open to the media, but reporters must register in advance by contacting Rachel Thomas-Medwid. The full agenda is available onlineoffsite link.

WHAT: Joint Satellite Conference (sponsored by NOAA, AMSoffsite link, and EUMETSAToffsite link)

WHEN: Mon., Sept. 30 to Fri., Oct. 4

The Westin Boston Waterfront 
425 Summer Street 
Boston, Massachusetts 02210

Featured panelists/speakers include:

  • Neil Jacobs, Ph.D., acting NOAA administrator
  • Steve Volz, Ph. D., director, NOAA Satellite and Information Service
  • Louis Uccellini, Ph.D., director, NOAA National Weather Service
  • Jenni L. Evans, Ph.D., president, AMS
  • Alain Ratier, director-general, EUMETSAT
  • Florence Rabier, Ph.D., director-general, European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasting (ECMWF)

Media contact

John Bateman/NOAA at 301-713-9604, 202-424-0929 (mobile)