The Glossary of Meteorology, Second Edition: An Update Wha t is the difference between a "piner" and a Th e project is being carried out in large part by "pisachee"? What is a "pingo" ? Or a "pirry"? The an- volunteers from all sectors of the Society. Late last swers may be found on page 425 of the Glossary of year, 39 subject area editors were appointed. These Meteorology, originally published by the AMS in editors, in turn, appointed writers and reviewers to 1959. But search for terms such as "helicity," "climate assist within their subject areas. Currently, hundreds change, " and "nested-grid model" from among the of individuals are in the process of reviewing terms over 7000 available, and one will come up empty. In fro m the first edition (and updating them as neces- fact, entire branches of meteorology have been born sary), as well as identifying and defining new terms and evolved since the Glossary's first publication. For fo r inclusion in the second edition. When definitions that reason, the AMS is in the midst of a three-year hav e received final approval from the area editors, project to produce the second edition of the Glossary they are returned to AMS Headquarters for technical (see Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 73, 395). Since the last and copy editing. The editor of the first edition, Ralph report, much progress has been made. Huschke , reminds us that for the first edition, each Funding for the new edition of the Glossary is now term' s definition was written on an index card. Now, complete. It has been obtained through the National all terms are handled electronically and stored by a Science Foundation, with support from the Environ- database management system designed specifically mental Protection Agency, the National Oceanic and for the Glossary. Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Air Force, the It is estimated that the second edition will contain U.S. Navy, and the Department of Energy. In addi- in excess of 12 000 terms. Simultaneous with publi- tion, the AM S is contributing more than $90,000 an- cation in book form in late 1997 will be publication nually to the project to support overhead and publi- in appropriate electronic format. This electronic edi- cation costs. These fund s are fro m AMS' s special ini- tion will be regularly updated to ensure that an up-to- tiative fund, generated from interest on reserve. dat e reference tool is available for generations to Under the leadership of chairman Ronald Taylor, come. the AMS Glossary Advisory Board, which includes Questions regarding the Glossary project may be member s William Bandeen, Werner Baum, Russell addressed to Todd Glickman, AM S Assistant Execu- Dickerson, Ralph Huschke, John Stackpole, and Ferris tive Director, 45 Beacon St., Boston, M A 02108; tele- Webster, has been providing policy guidance to AMS phone: 617-227-2426, ext. 237; fax: 617-742-8718; staff overseeing the project. e-mail: email@example.com. 1602 Vol. 77, No. 7, July 1 99 6
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Jul 1, 1996
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