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Sixth Symposium on Aerosol–Cloud–Climate Interactions

Call for Papers

The theme for the 2014 AMS Annual Meeting is "Extreme Weather-Climate and the Built Environment: New perspectives, opportunities, and tools.” Herein, we broadly define weather and climate extreme events to include, but not be limited to, severe storms, tornados, tropical cyclones, floods, winter storms, drought, temperature extremes, derechos, aircraft turbulence, wildfires, extreme solar activity, and ocean-land responses (e.g. storm surges, landslides, debris flows). Our society is a "built environment," increasingly connected by cyber, energy, water, transportation, health, social, and other infrastructures-one that interacts with the natural environment through ecosystem functions supplied by wetlands, barrier islands, etc. The sustainability of this built environment and stewardship of our natural ecosystems are clearly related to quality of life. The theme is designed to explore the aforementioned "focal point" combining scientific inquiry, technological advances, societal implications, and public awareness through the lens of past, current, and future extreme weather and climate events.

Under the auspices of the proposed theme, traditional topics related to advances in observations, modeling, and applications can be explored.

Additionally, the theme also allows for exploration of an array of topics including effective strategies for communication, social and policy theory, adaptation, mitigation, intervention, emergency response, and public behavior or perceptions. Further, the timelines of the topic and its broad accessibility to the scientific, stakeholder, and public communities should make it particularly appealing to many segments of our traditional AMS community as well as non-traditional communities. The theme is most relevant to the NOAA goal and the National Weather Service vision for "A Weather-Ready Nation - a society that is prepared for and responds to weather related events."

In line with the theme of extreme weather, the 6th symposium of Aerosol-Cloud-Climate Interactions will organize sessions and have discussions about how air pollution/aerosols impact extreme weather such as storms, cyclones/hurricanes, and floods/droughts in intensity, duration, frequency, etc. and what we should communicate to the public.

The symposium will bring together experts in atmospheric chemistry, aerosols, radiation, clouds, and climate to exchange ideas on the subjects of aerosols, clouds and climate. The symposium will include invited and contributed oral and poster sessions.  It will provide a forum to review current research status on this subject, identify research needs, define research priorities and new research approaches, and facilitate dialogue among atmospheric chemists, physicists, and meteorologists to tackle research challenges in aerosol-cloud-climate interactions.

To have a more integrated program and reduce conflicting sessions in the field regarding aerosol-cloud interactions, we will coordinate with other programs especially Atmospheric Chemistry, Weather Modification and Satellite Meteorology to have joint sessions.

Papers are solicited in all aspects including:

Please contact the program chairpersons (contact information noted below) by 1 May if you would like to propose a session for this conference.

Graduate and undergraduate students are highly encouraged to submit an abstract describing your research.  The Atmospheric Chemistry Committee is offering $300 travel awards for up to three student AMS members who are presenting papers at the conference. Award certificates and cash prizes will be given for the best student (undergraduate or graduate) oral and poster presentations at the conference.  Students who wish to be considered for this prize should indicate that when submitting their abstract.  Further details will be available on the AMS meeting website for student opportunities.

For additional information please contact the chairperson, Dr Jiwen Fan, Atmospheric Science & Global Change Division, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA 99352, 509/375-2116 (o), Jiwen.Fan@pnnl.gov.   The Organization Committee of the 6th Symposium includes: Jiwen Fan (Chair), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL); Sonia M Kreidenweis (Co-Chair), Colorado State University; Ruby Leung (PNNL); Hugh Morrison (NCAR); Renyi Zhang (Texas A&M University),  Lin Wang, (Fudan University); and Jon Thompson, (Texas Tech University.)

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