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Past Meetings and Events

May 9-11, 2017
ESAS Steering Committee
Boulder, CO

March 6-8, 2017
Steering Committee Meeting 5
Washington, DC
This meeting is closed in its entirety.

February 15-18, 2017

Panel Jamboree/ Meeting 3 with Steering Committee Representatives
Irvine, CA
This meeting was closed in its entirety. 

January 18-20, 2017
Steering Committee Meeting 4
Irvine, CA
View Agenda I View Presentations


November 7-10, 2016
Steering Committee Meeting 3 with Panel Representatives
Irvine, CA

December 13, 2016

Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union
Town Hall Moscone West, 2007
San Francisco, CA

September 27-28, 2016
Climate Panel Meeting
Woods Hole, MA

September 28-30, 2016
Ecosystems Panel Meeting
Irvine, CA

September 15-16, 2016
Integrating Theme Meeting
Washington, DC

September 12-14, 2016
Weather Panel Meeting
Washington, DC


June 2-5, 2016

Panel Jamboree Meeting 1 and Steering Committee Meeting 3
Irvine, CA
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January 18-20, 2016

Steering Committee Meeting 1
Washington, D.C.

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Past Outreach and Town Halls

February 22, 2016

Town Hall
Ocean Sciences Meeting
New Orleans, LA
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Room 217-219

View the Slides

January 13, 2016

Town Hall
American Meteorological Society Meeting
New Orleans, LA
12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Room 240/241
Watch the recorded webcast
View presentation


December 14, 2015

Town Hall
AGU Fall Meeting 
San Francisco, CA
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Moscone West, 2005
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Other Archived Information

Archive of Past Newsletters

Archive of Past Front Page News Announcements


Dr.  William B. Gail appointed Steering Committee Co-Chair

We are pleased to announce that Dr. William (Bill) Gail will join Dr. Waleed Abdalati as co-chair of the ESAS 2017 decadal survey. Dr. Gail, currently a member of the decadal survey steering committee, is replacing Dr. Antonio Busalacchi, Jr. who resigned in early May following the announcement of his appointment as the President of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR).


Request for Community Town Halls

The decadal survey steering committee encourages interested members of the community to consider organizing a town hall meeting at their institution that would provide a local forum for colleagues to discuss and consider any aspect of the survey. Organizers should feel free to focus town hall meetings on any aspects of the survey they think are important, such as key science opportunities in the decade ahead, how Earth system science can continue to provide knowledge important to key societal challenges, and the role of technology development and other forms of innovation in the execution of our science.


June Meeting Recap

The steering committee and members of the five ad hoc study panels met June 2-5, 2016 in Irvine, CA. The meeting included closed session discussions among the various decadal survey participants on the scope of their task and the timeline moving forward. Panels also spent considerable time reading, sorting, and discussing the many thoughtful white papers that have been submitted by the community. A short open session on June 3 featured discussions with study sponsors from NASA and NOAA. The panels will meet individually in August and September and may reconvene early next year for a final “Jamboree” including all panel members.


View the Ocean Science Meeting Town Hall Slides

We hosted our third town hall during the Ocean Science Meeting in New Orleans on February 22, 2016 at 6:30 PM. View the slides and learn more.


2nd Request for Information Posted

Details have been posted about the ESAS 2017 RFI #2. The submission deadline has been extended to June 30, 2016.

Learn about RFI #2 and submit a white paper.

Panels Announced

The Steering Committee has met and identified the panel topical areas. In the coming months, five panels will be appointed to provide detailed input to the Steering Committee.  Learn more.

Watch a Town Hall Webcast

We hosted our second town hall during the American Meteorological Society meeting on January 13, 2016 at 12:15pm CST.  If you weren't able to make it in person, we invite you to watch the recorded webcast.


First Meeting of the Steering Committee

The 21 member ESAS 2017 steering committee held their first meeting on January 18-20, 2016 in Washington, DC. Presentations from the meeting have been posted and are available for viewing.