2015 Radiation and Climate Gordon Research Conference/ Gordon Research Seminar

Project: Research project

Project Details


This proposal seeks funding to support participation in the 2015 Radiation and Climate Gordon Research Conference (GRC) titled Towards Understanding the Interactions between Radiation, Clouds, Aerosol, Precipitation and Climate and its affiliated early-career focused Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) sponsored through the Gordon Research Conferences. The GRC conference chairs are Bernhard Mayer (Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich, Germany) and Eugene Clothiaux (Pennsylvania State University, acting as Principal Investigator), and those for the GRS are Geeta Persad (Princeton University) and Matthew Igel (University of Miami).

The ninth biennial Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Radiation and Climate will be held at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, during the period July 26-31, 2015. The GRC will be preceded by the third associated Graduate Research Seminar (GRS) on July 25-26, 2015. Together, these meetings will focus upon outstanding issues in aerosol, cloud, precipitation and radiation interactions from cloud to planetary scales. As Chapter 7 of Climate Change: The Physical Science Basis of the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change makes clear, better understanding of these processes is necessary for improving cloud and climate models that incorporate their effects.

The goal of the 2015 Radiation and Climate GRC/S will be to bring researchers working on aerosol, cloud, precipitation, and radiation interactions on cloud scales together with investigators working on their parameterization for larger scales. The two plenary talks of the Conference will focus on outstanding issues in the cloud- and planetary-scale modeling of these processes and the observations necessary to improving them. Included in the program for the 2015 Radiation and Climate GRC/S are topics related to closing the surface energy budget as well as potential limitations in the radiation and precipitation models/measurements necessary for such closure, recent developments in observing and modeling ice crystal microphysical processes, the scattering properties of ice crystals at visible/infrared wavelengths, and recent advances in aerosol and cloud particle remote sensing. Several talks will explore recent advances in our understanding of how cloud-scale aerosol, cloud, precipitation and radiation interactions impact flows and are impacted by them.

The GRC is novel in that it explicitly focuses on providing ample opportunities for participants to interact during all mealtimes and every afternoon of the conference. By bringing together participants who work on similar processes but at different scales or different aspects of a set of related processes into such an environment, chances for the development of new cross-disciplinary collaborations are enhanced. The framework of the GRC also provides opportunities for early career scientists to interact with more senior researchers throughout each day of the conference. To strengthen the connections between the GRS and GRC for the 2015 GRC, one session of the GRC will be chaired by the GRS chairs and will be composed of the most innovative talks from the GRS. We are hoping for approximately 160 attendees for the 2015 GRC with at least one-third of them early career scientists.

Effective start/end date6/1/1510/31/15


  • Biological and Environmental Research: $17,700.00


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