cities in regional and global change, and on the use ICUC'99 Secretariat GPO Box 128 Sydney NSW of vegetation in ameliorating urban climates. 2001 Australia; or fax: + 61 2 9262 3135. Titles and abstracts (under 300 words) should be All submissions must include complete mailing submitted by one of the following modes (in order address along with e-mail address, plus telephone of preference): use the online abstract submission and fax numbers if available. Abstracts cannot be for m linked to the conference Web site processed unless they are accompanied by a at http://www.es.mq.edu.au/ICB-99; e-mail: presenter's deposit of AUD$65 (~$38.00), which ICBICUC@tourhosts.com.au; mail a 3.5" PC disk will be refunded when the full registration is re- containing MS Word 6 or ASCII text to ICB- ceived. Early-bird registration is AUD$620 Weathe r Offic e o f th e Future The National Weather Each participating office will have its own Service has announced the minicomputer to collect, process, display, development of a prototype communicate, and disseminate data. The mini- "weather office of the fu- computer enables the AFOS program to de- ture, " which will apply part from previous trends in computerized modern automation tech- data-handling by decentralizing the process nology to Weather Service rather than centralizing it. Through the use of field operations in a com- the minicomputer each Weather Service Fore- prehensive way. cast Office will act as the collection point for A $638,000 contract for developing the all data acquired within its area. It will store model weather office has been awarded to the the data locally, and pass information along Garland Division of E-Systems, Inc., Garland, to other Forecast Offices and the various re- Texas. Slated for completion by 1 July 1974, gional and national weather centers via the the facility will be the forerunner of a com- National Digital Circuit. This rapid but dis- plex, long-range program called AFOS (Au- persed data-handling system will also permit tomation of Field Operations and Services) each office to act as a field disseminating point whose goal is to employ modern machinery, for Weather Service forecasts, warnings, and especially on-site computers and TV-type dis- other information originating from anywhere play devices to provide maximum assistance within the AFOS network. Forecasters at any to the forecaster, hydrologist, weather-service location in the system will be able to call for specialist, and observer. information from any other location and re- ceive an answer within seconds. The weather office will be located at Weather Service central headquarters near Each location will have tapes and discs for Washington, D.C., where it will be used for added data storage and display consoles with experimentation, demonstration, and training. keyboards for calling up information in the Its techniques will eventually be applied to a memory bank for graphic or alpha-numeric network of 52 modernized Weather Service display on the screens. There will also be a Forecast Centers, the National Meteorologi- hard-copy device for reproducing on paper cal Center, the National Severe Storms Fore- any image in the data bank. Current plans call cast Center, the National Hurricane Center, for completion of the system within six to and the National Climatic Center. The linking eight years. circuit will be a full-duplex communications link of telephone quality, called the National Digital Circuit. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 54,1195. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 2457
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