Call for Papers

15th Annual High Plains Conference
August 4-6, 2011
Wichita, Kansas


The 15th Annual High Plains Conference will be held in Wichita, Kansas from August 4th-6th, 2011 at the Wichita Marriott Hotel located at 9100 Corporate Hills Drive.  This conference is a collaborative effort of the High Plains and Wichita Chapters of the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association.


Keynote speakers include:

Don Burgess -- University of Oklahoma/CIMMS and Vortex 2

Dr. Cliff House -- Missouri State University

Tim Marshall -- Haag Engineering, Noted Tornado and Hurricane Researcher and Storm Chaser

Mike Smith -- WeatherData, Inc.

Merril Teller -- Chief Meteorologist KWCH-TV Wichita, KS


A special presentation will be made at the formal banquet on the evening of August 5th by renowned storm chaser, Jim Reed.


Any topic related to meteorological or hydrological sciences with an emphasis on the central and high plains are welcome.  This includes severe convective and winter weather, climate, educational programs, societal impacts, aviation, fire weather, new technology, etc.


Each session will begin with a Keynote speaker, while the remaining presenters will be given 20 minutes including questions. A separate poster presentation session is also available. The tone of this conference is less formal than at national conferences. This provides a forum and/or training platform for first time presenters including students, as well as work that has yet to go through the peer review process.


Those interested in presenting at the conference can submit abstracts through the Wichita Chapter of the AMS' website [], by mail, or by e-mail []. Submission through the website is preferred and therefore highly encouraged. In addition, there will be a student competition for undergraduate and graduate students. The top student presentation will receive a monetary award of $400.


Abstracts not submitted through the website portal should be a Word document and no more than one page in length.  NWS employees are reminded that they should have their Science & Operations Officer review the abstract in accordance with NWSPD-100 (Clearance for the NWS Employee Papers).


The deadline for abstract submission is July 1st, 2011.


Preliminary program, registration, hotel and general information will be posted on the Wichita AMS/NWA Chapter website and will be updated as needed.  If you have any questions you may also contact Kenneth Cook at the National Weather Service in Wichita, KS at 316-942-8483.


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