The Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS) is an independent society representing the atmospheric and oceanographic sciences in Australia. It currently has over 500 members drawn from the Bureau of Meteorology, CSIRO, the university sector, other State and Federal agencies, as well as the private sector. Most members of AMOS are actively employed in one of the scientific fields covered by the Society, but the membership also includes university students, retired scientists, school teachers and others from the general community with an interest in weather and climate.
AMOS provides support for and fosters interest in meteorology and oceanography through its publications, meetings, workshops, public events, grants and prizes. Many of these activities are conducted by the AMOS Regional Centres, which have been established in each state and territory. The annual AMOS National Conference regularly attracts more than 400 attendees, making it the leading forum in Australia for presenting the latest research in atmospheric and oceanographic science. The Bulletin of AMOS (BAMOS; published quarterly) is the best place to keep up-to-date with the latest news in the community, while the Journal of Southern Hemisphere Earth Systems Science (which AMOS publishes in partnership with the Bureau of Meteorology) is a great option for those looking to publish scientific papers in the AMOS sciences.
AMOS also has an important role as a credible, independent voice for the profession. As part of this role it has established Expert Groups in areas such as climate variability, weather forecasting and physical oceanography and regularly represents the views of its members to Government, institutes and the public.
AMOS Vision Statement
“To advance the scientific understanding of the atmosphere, oceans and climate system, and their socioeconomic and ecological impacts, and promote applications of this understanding for the benefit of all Australians.”
How is the Society organised?
AMOS is governed by an Executive and a Council. The Executive, whose volunteer members are elected for two-year terms, consists of a President, a Vice-President, a Secretary and a Treasurer. The Council, in addition to the Executive, consists of the chairs of the Regional Centres, chairs of Committees, the immediate Past President, and up to six ‘ordinary’ members elected by the Annual General Meeting. The Executive Officer, Communications Coordinator and BAMOS Editor are also invited to attend Council meetings but do not have voting rights. The Council normally meets every two months, with the Annual General Meeting normally held in conjunction with the National Conference in January or February.
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