A Special Symposium on Plains Elevated Convection At Night (PECAN)

Topics Covered

Papers that discuss research from the Plains Elevated Convection At Night (PECAN) field campaign, concluded in July 2015, are solicited. Designed as a multi-agency project (NSF, NOAA, NASA, DOE) PECAN was set to advance the understanding of continental, nocturnal, warm-season precipitation. PECAN was focused on nocturnal convection in conditions over the Southern Great Plains with a stable boundary layer (SBL), a nocturnal low-level jet (NLLJ), and frequent bores and other wave motions. A major part of PECAN was to study how elevated convection forms and evolves at night. As a result a substantial amount of effort was spent in understanding Mesoscale Convective Systems (MCSs) and associated outflows that frequently trigger bores and secondary convection.  An extensive array of instrumentation was deployed during PECAN. This multi-sensor suite of instrumentation is expected to lead to new and exciting science. Papers in all aspects of the core PECAN experiment: MCSs, Bores, Convection Initiation, Low-level Jets and any related modeling and instrumentation are solicited.  It is anticipated that the Symposium will have a full day of presentations and an extensive poster session. It is anticipated that time to discuss future PECAN focused meetings will be reserved.

Student Award Opportunities

Six awards will be given to students recognizing outstanding presentations based on evaluations of both the submitted abstracts and corresponding oral or poster presentations. Awards will be given for 1st ($200), 2nd ($100) and 3rd ($50) place for each of the oral and poster presentation categories.

An independent committee will evaluate and recommend winners of the PECAN student awards based on an assessment of the oral and poster presentations. Four criteria will be used: (1) Originality and depth of research accomplished; (2) Quality of oral or poster presentation; (3) Quality of slides or poster for presentation and (4) Quality of written abstract.

To be eligible for the awards, you must be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student enrolled at a University, and you also must be the lead author, personally presenting the work.

Conference Contact(s)

For additional information please contact the program chairpersons, Belay B. Demoz (bdemoz@umbc.edu) or Tammy Weckwerth (tammy@ucar.edu)