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Bentley Photomicrographs


Wilson Alwyn Bentley (1865-1931), famous for his photomicrographs of snow crystals, prepared sets of glass lantern slides of dew, frost and ice crystals. Many of these sets were purchased by colleges and universities around the United States. The University of Wisconsin's Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences donated their collection to the AOSS Library in 2000. Shortly after, the Library obtained partial funding through the Friends of the Libraries, University of Wisconsin-Madison, to preserve the physical collection and provide web access.

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Oral Histories from the Joint Satellite Conference, Boston, MA, September 28 – October 4, 2019


The AOSS Library, in collaboration with the American Meteorological Society Oral History Project, conducted oral history interviews with prominent figures in satellite meteorology at the AMS Joint Satellite Conference in Boston, MA, September 28 – October 4, 2019.

These interviews invited leading remote sensing scientists to share their perspectives and stories on the innovations in, and evolution of, satellite capabilities, future directions of the field, as well as touchstones of their careers, influential relationships, and the role of the AMS in their professional lives. They elaborated on subjective details of their lives and careers that would not otherwise have been captured in the scholarly literature.

Oral history preserves the memories and voices of participants and their perspectives on past events.

International TOVS Study Conferences (ITSC)


The International TOVS Working Group (ITWG) is convened as a sub-group of the Radiation Commission of the International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences (IAMAS) and of the Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS). ITWG continues to organize International TOVS Study Conferences (ITSCs) which have met every 18-24 months since 1983.

Through this forum, operational and research users of TIROS Operational Vertical Sounder (TOVS) data from the NOAA series of polar orbiting satellites and other atmospheric sounding data have exchanged information on methods for extracting information from these data on atmospheric temperature and moisture fields and on the impact of these data in numerical weather prediction and in climate studies. They have also prepared recommendations to guide the directions of future research and to influence relevant programs of WMO and other agencies (NASA, NESDIS, EUMETSAT).