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Fourth Symposium on Aerosol-Cloud-Climate Interactions

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The Fourth Symposium on Aerosol–Cloud–Climate Interactions, sponsored by the American Meteorological Society, and organized by the AMS Committee on Atmospheric Chemistry, will be held during 22–26 January 2012, as part of the 92nd AMS Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The central theme of the 2012 Annual Meeting will be technology and its profound impact on research, operations, the business of our environmental sciences, and the public. These advancements have greatly lowered the human suffering and loss of life in the United States and around the world from the deadly and costly effects of extreme weather and ecological disasters. This meeting, appropriately scheduled for the Crescent City of New Orleans which has lived through the traumas of Katrina and Deepwater Horizon’s oil spill, isn’t intended to be “technology worship.” Rather, it will focus on past, current, and future advances which should be of wide interest and value to our AMS members. Also to be considered by our members in discussion of these topics should be the link between the advancing of complex technologies and improving confidence in the end parameters and their linking across scales and processes, such as represented in hurricane prediction.

The 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment report highlights the scientific and societal importance for improved understanding on the aerosol–cloud-climate interactions to better assess the linkages between anthropogenic activities and climate. The symposium will bring together experts in atmospheric chemistry, aerosols, radiation, clouds, and climate to exchange ideas on the subject of aerosol-cloud-climate interactions. 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.

Papers are solicited in all aspects relevant to this topic including:
• Experimental and field studies on aerosol-cloud interactions
• Modeling studies on aerosol-cloud interactions
• Aerosol and cloud properties
• Aerosol microphysics and chemistry
• Cloud microphysics and chemistry
• Cloud condensation nuclei (CCN)
• Aerosol direct and indirect radiative forcings
• The impacts of cloud-aerosol interactions on precipitation
• The impacts of secondary organic aerosols (SOA) on climate
• The impacts of black carbon on climate
• Other potential climatic effects of atmospheric aerosols
• Experimental and modeling studies of new particle formation and growth
• Gas-to-particle conversion processes

Graduate and undergraduate students are highly encouraged to submit an abstract describing your research. Best student oral presentations and poster papers will be selected at the meeting and awarded by the Atmospheric Chemistry Committee soon after the meeting.

For additional information please contact the program chairperson, Dr. Renyi Zhang, Dept. of Atmospheric Sciences, Texas A&M University, Campus mail stop # 3150, College Station, TX 77843, (979) 845-7656, renyi-zhang@tamu.edu. (02/11)