Special Interest Groups
The Society has several Special Interest Groups which organise meetings and other activities to enable the exchange of information and views within specific areas of meteorology.
These are informal groups of professionals interested in specific technical areas of meteorology. The groups are primarily a way of communicating at a specialist level and are organised and often financed by the group itself.
Our Special Interest Groups regularly run meetings, to see upcoming events click here.
The Atmospheric Chemistry Special Interest Group (ACSG) fosters interest in atmospheric chemistry within the context of meteorology. ACSG uses the classic method of a learned society, hosting an annual conference to which a wide cross-section of researchers are invited, from students to professors and from universities to government departments.
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The Atmospheric Electricity Special Interest Group captures a growing resurgence in UK atmospheric electricity work and covers a wide range of topics including lightning and thunderstorms, and the influence of aerosols and raindrops – looking at ground-based and atmospheric detection.
The Aviation Meteorology SIG's goals are to discuss and investigate matters pertaining to aviation meteorology, including safety, whether in flight or on the ground.
The Climate Science Special Interest Group will aim to sustain, encourage and progress activity in climate science.
By climate science we mean that the focus will be on the meteorological and related earth system sciences, and will include climate change. Consideration will also be given to the impacts of climate/ climate change and relevant societal implications and technical aspects of responses.
The Data Assimilation Group meets once or twice a year to discuss specific aspects of data assimilation (eg Assimilation of Satellite Data; Use of Ensembles in Data Assimilation) and occasionally organises national meetings for all members of the Society.
The Energy Special Interest Group aims to sustain, encourage and progress engagement of energy sector professionals, policy-makers and academics with weather and climate. This broad remit is supported by a diverse group of members from across the energy sector.
Formed in 1983 and currently with 90 members, the Special Interest Group for the History of Meteorology and Physical Oceanography (History Group) encourages the study of the history and heritage of meteorology and physical oceanography.
It provides a forum for discussion of all aspects of the history of meteorology and physical oceanography, co-operates with similar institutions and publishes a regular newsletter for all members.
Weather and climate science plays a key role for those working in the insurance sector. This is particularly clear when considering the impact of extreme weather events on infrastructure and people. The Insurance Special Interest Group aims to strengthen and expand current engagement between meteorologists and the insurance sector.
The Objectives of the Meteorological Observing Systems Group are as follows :
- To consider the capabilities of observing technologies, systems and instrumentation, and to expose those capabilities to users of observational data
- To keep instrument developers and manufacturers aware of present and new observational requirements of all groups of observers and data users
- To encourage high standards of observational technique and data capture
- To ensure that its activities meet the needs of all observers from those operating basic instrumentation and 'amateur level' equipment, through to advanced technologies...
WAM seeks to explore the possibilities inherent in bringing together such creative areas of activity as science and the arts and bring meteorology and climate science to a wider public through the powerful communication tool that is the arts.
The Youth and Early Career Special Interest Group (SIG) aims to sustain, encourage and progress the Society’s engagement with and provisions for youth and early careers, as well as champion youth in the Society’s activities.
The focus will be broad, covering all Society content and activities relevant to youth (16-24 years old) and early careers (currently a student, or graduated from highest degree within the past 7 years).