AMOS 2020 will have over 40 thematic sessions covering topics in meteorology, oceanography and other climate sciences under the broad themes of weather, ocean processes, atmospheric processes, climate, land surface processes, Antarctic science, climate services and community engagement. This year we will be highlighting the current research in Indian oceanography and meteorology with a special conference programme attached to the general AMOS Annual Meeting proceedings. In addition to a focus on the Indian Ocean, the conference will also have a strong water theme. The Fremantle and neighbouring Perth areas are adapting to a decrease in freshwater supply. This, coupled with the recent drought conditions in the southeast of the continent, means managing water is an urgent topic.