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Radiation & Climate (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Toward a Process-Level Understanding of Radiation, Cloud and Climate Interactions


July 6-7, 2013


Colby-Sawyer College
New London, NH


Louise Nuijens

Associate Chair:
Michael S. Pritchard

Meeting Description

The Gordon 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 to discuss recent efforts in understanding interactions between radiation, clouds and climate across a range of topics, that include, but are not limited to: radiation, convection, and large-scale dynamics; radiation at the Earth’s surface; and the role of clouds. We encourage abstracts that focus on a process-level understanding of these disciplines, and especially those that do so through a synthesis of observations and models.

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
Discussion Leader: Alexandra Jones (University of Illinois)
3:45 pm - 4:15 pmChris Bretherton (University of Washington)
"The frontiers of better understanding, observation and simulation of radiation, cloud and climate interactions"
4:15 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session I
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmRadiation, cloud and climate interactions
Discussion Leader: Dargan Frierson (University of Washington)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmAngeline Pendergrass (University of Washington)
"The atmospheric energy constraint on global-mean precipitation change"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmClaire Radley (Princeton University)
"Cloud and radiative balance changes in response to ENSO in observations and models"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmFelix Pithan (Max-Planck Institute for Meteorology)
"Temperature feedbacks dominate Arctic amplification in climate models"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmBryce Harrop (University of Washington)
"What determines cloud radiative forcing in a cloud resolving model?"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amExploiting observations to understand cloud processes
Discussion Leader: Thorsten Mauritsen (Max Planck Institute for Meteorology)
9:00 am - 9:20 amKristina Pistone (Scripps Institution of Oceanography)
"The effect of atmospheric properties and processes on aerosol indirect effects in a trade cumulus regime"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amGuo Yu (Pennsylvania State University)
"A New Method for Extraction of Mixed-phase Cloud Properties from Cloud Radar Data Using the Continuous Wavelet Transform"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amElizabeth Berry (University of Utah)
"Using A-Train satellite data to investigate the relationship between cloud ice water path and cloud radiative effects"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amEd Gryspeerdt (University of Oxford)
"Links between satellite retrieved aerosol and precipitation properties"
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 pmCloud feedbacks
Discussion Leader: Mark Zelinka (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)
1:30 pm - 1:50 pmMatthew Igel (Colorado State University)
"An analysis of tropical, deep convective anvil-climate interactions using CloudSat"
1:50 pm - 2:00 pmDiscussion
2:00 pm - 2:20 pmThorsten Mauritsen (Max Planck Institute for Meteorology)
"What if the Earth had an adaptive infrared iris?"
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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