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Radiation & Climate (GRS)
Gordon-Kenan Research Seminar

Progress in Understanding Clouds, Water Vapor, Aerosols and Precipitation


July 9-10, 2011


Colby College
Waterville, ME


Mark D. Zelinka

Associate Chair:
Alexandra L. Jones

Meeting Description

The Gordon-Kenan Research Seminar on Radiation & Climate is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

The focus of this meeting is on outstanding issues in climate change, particularly those in which the interactions between clouds, water vapor, aerosols, and precipitation play a major role. The Conference will feature a broad range of topics, including grand challenges in atmospheric radiation and climate, cloud and water vapor feedbacks, aerosol-cloud-precipitation-climate interactions across scales, new approaches for remote sensing and in-situ observations of clouds, water vapor, aerosols, and precipitation, and multi-scale modeling challenges.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Radiation & Climate" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

1:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmKeynote Lecture
3:45 pm - 4:15 pmBrian Soden (University of Miami)
"Clouds and Climate Sensitivity"
4:15 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session I
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmMulti-faceted Approaches to Understanding Clouds
Discussion Leader: Michael Pritchard (University of California, San Diego)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmChristine Nam (Max Planck Institute for Meteorology)
"A Glance at Compensating Errors Between Low-level Cloud Fraction and Cloud Optical Properties using CALIPSO and CloudSat Satellite Retrievals."
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmSeethala Chellappan (Max Planck Institute for Meteorology)
"Evaluating 3D Effects in 1D VIS-NIR Cloud Retrievals using LES Cloud Fields and 3D Radiative Transfer"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmWei-Ting Chen (NASA Jet Propulsion Lab / Caltech)
"The Structure and Environment of Tropical Deep Convective Clouds From A CloudSat-Centric A-Train and ECMWF Analysis Data Set"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmAbhnil Prasad (University of Auckland)
"Effect of thin cirrus on decadal cloud height trends from MISR"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amAerosols: Challenges and Progress
Discussion Leader: Ralph Kahn (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)
9:00 am - 9:20 amJasper Kok (National Center for Atmospheric Research)
"Dust Shatters like Glass: Implications for the Size Distribution of Mineral Dust Aerosols and their Radiative Forcing"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amHiren Jethva (Hampton University)
"Retrieving Aerosol Optical Depth above Clouds using OMI Observations"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amJohn Ten Hoeve (Stanford University)
"Combining Satellite Analyses with High-Resolution Modeling to Study Biomass Burning Aerosol Microphysical and Radiative Effects on Clouds and Precipitation over Amazonia"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amCynthia Randles (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)
"Aerosol-Climate Coupling in the NASA GEOS-5 Atmospheric General Circulation Model"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session II
Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmRadiative Climate Feedbacks
Discussion Leader: Thomas Ackerman (University of Washington)
1:30 pm - 1:50 pmAlexandra Jonko (Oregon State University)
"Do Radiative Climate Feedbacks Vary with Time Scale?"
1:50 pm - 2:00 pmDiscussion
2:00 pm - 2:20 pmYi Huang (Harvard University)
"Understand Longwave Climate Feedbacks from Infrared Spectral Measurements"
2:20 pm - 2:30 pmDiscussion
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill out GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmGordon Research Seminar ends. For those attending the associated Gordon Research Conference, please check in at the GRC Office beginning at 4:00 pm.
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