||The 85th AMS Annual Meeting will be held 9 13 January 2005 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. Jennifer Francis is the 2005 Annual Meeting Chairperson. It is being organized around the broad theme of "Building the Earth Information System" and the role that science can play in decision-making for society. With one-third or more of the economy being sensitive to weather and climate variability and changes, decisions involving resource management, economic development, hazard response, and policy all require the development of observing systems, science knowledge, and products that provide information across multiple spatial and temporal scales in the atmospheric and related sciences. The annual meeting will also include two named symposia honoring Suki Manabe and Ed Lorenz. The meeting will host the largest exhibit of products and services in the atmospheric and related sciences. We will have a portion of the exhibition focused on the general public, in supportof the Fourth Annual WeatherFest.