Sixth Symposium on Lidar Atmospheric Applications
Lidar probing of the atmosphere has progressed from research phase and is being applied to many of today’s environmental and climate solutions. Lidar-based research in fundamental measurements of aerosols, clouds, water vapor, temperature, trace gas chemistry, wind and process-based studies have become part of the standard meteorological instrumentation. In addition, the basic technologies have matured and their applications have started to emerge as ground-based networks and space-based long-term monitoring tools to aid in climate-related research. This symposium is intended to bring together and review recent advances in lidar-based atmospheric application programs and activities.
The meeting will consist of a number of invited review talks and contributed papers and posters. The scope of this symposium is lidar application studies, and in particular those that are process-based applications that contribute to studying the state and composition of the atmosphere, including the clouds, aerosols, radiatively important gases and thermodynamic structures of the troposphere and stratosphere. Papers that address this general theme of lidar atmospheric applications and in particular process-based applications are solicited. Sessions are anticipated on lidar networks, space borne lidars, automated operational lidars, long-term climate observations, air pollution applications, lidar data assimilation in numerical weather models, and emerging lidar methods in addressing atmospheric issues. Of particular interest is the use of lidars in conjunction with other instrumentation (e.g. radar-lidar techniques) in pollution, climate and weather studies. Participants with additional suggestions for the program are encouraged to contact the program chairperson.
The theme for the 2013 AMS Annual Meeting is “Taking Predictions to the Next Level: Expanding Beyond Today's Weather and Climate Forecasts and Projections”. Over the past 60 years the meteorological community has made tremendous strides in making prediction a fundamental part of its scientific and operational/service heritage through the development and application of complex numerical models involving the atmosphere, ocean, land and cryosphere components of the Earth System. This theme will serve as a catalyst for the 2013 AMS annual meeting by focusing the attention of the research and operational communities, including those who are involved in accelerating the transition of research results into operations. Furthermore, the increasing use of predictions by decision makers throughout federal, state, and local emergency management government agencies and by private/commercial sectors will serve as an important component for this annual meeting along with the extension of predictive capabilities into a broader domain, including public health, food security, air and water quality, alternative energy and responses to climate trends. Lidar remote sensing is expected to play a significant role in these fields and may even be a key instrument required. Abstracts that address these areas are highly encouraged.
For additional information on the organization of the 93rd AMS Annual Meeting, please contact meeting organizers: Belay Demoz, (firstname.lastname@example.org); Sara Tucker (email@example.com).