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Radiation & Climate
Observing the Interactions Among Radiation, Clouds, and the Climate System
July 7-12, 2013
Colby-Sawyer College
New London, NH

Related Meeting Information
The Radiation & Climate Gordon Research Conference was held in conjunction with the Radiation & Climate Gordon Research Seminar. Please refer to the Radiation & Climate GRS web page for more information.

The 2013 Gordon Research Conference on Radiation and Climate will present cutting-edge research on outstanding issues in understanding the interactions of radiation, clouds, and the climate system. The Conference will feature a broad range of topics, including grand challenges in radiation and climate; interactions between radiation, convection, and large-scale dynamics; radiation and the earth’s surface; novel observations for model interpretation; and challenges in remote sensing.

The invited speakers will present the most important recent advances and future challenges in these areas. The Conference will bring together a collection of leading investigators who are at the forefront of their field, and will provide opportunities for scientists, especially junior scientists and graduate students, to present their work in poster format and exchange ideas with leaders in the field. The collegial atmosphere of this Conference, with programmed discussion sessions as well as opportunities for informal gatherings in the afternoons and evenings, provides an avenue for scientists from different disciplines to brainstorm and promotes cross-disciplinary collaborations in the various research areas represented.

Graduate students and early-career scientists will also have the opportunity to present their work at a special Gordon Research Seminar held immediately before the GRC.


Contributors

SUNDAY
2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmGrand Challenges in Radiation and Climate
Discussion Leader: Stephen Klein (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)
7:40 pm - 8:20 pmNorman Loeb (NASA Langley Research Center)
"An Observational Perspective on Earth's Energy Flows and Climate"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:15 pmRichard Allan (University of Reading)
"Radiative constraints on current and future changes in the global water cycle"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmRadiation, Convection, and Dynamics
Discussion Leader: Brian Mapes (University of Miami)
9:00 am - 9:40 amHirohiko Masunaga (Nagoya University)
"Thermal and moisture budget of tropical moist convection analyzed with multi-satellite observations"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amCourtney Schumacher (Texas A&M University)
"Impacts of radiative and latent heating on circulation"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmZhiming Kuang (Harvard University)
"Some recent developments in MJO dynamics"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmRadiation and Planetary-Scale Dynamics
Discussion Leader: David Randall (Colorado State University)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmDargan Frierson (University of Washington)
"Effect of extratropical cloud biases on the double ITCZ problem"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmQiang Fu (University of Washington)
"Tropical expansion and its implication for climate feedbacks"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmRadiation at the Earth's Surface
Discussion Leader: Larry Berg (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)
9:00 am - 9:40 amMartin Wild (Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science, ETH Zurich)
"Surface radiative budget in observations and climate models"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amGroup Photo / Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amPaul Dirmeyer (Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies / George Mason University)
"Historical and future trends in land-atmosphere interactions from CMIP5"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmAnand Gnanadesikan (Johns Hopkins University)
"The role of ocean color in global climate"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmFeedbacks
Discussion Leader: Thorsten Mauritsen (Max Planck Institute for Meteorology)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmSandrine Bony (Laboratoire de Meterologie Dynamique)
"Fast cloud feedbacks"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmMichael Winton (NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory)
"Ocean heat uptake and transient climate sensitivity"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmNovel Observations for Model Interpretation
Discussion Leader: David Turner (NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory)
9:00 am - 9:40 amSusanne Crewell (University of Cologne)
"The use of field observations for understanding fine scale cloud-radiation interactions"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amAnn Fridlind (NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies)
"Advancing the use of remote sensing observations to constrain cloud and precipitation microphysics in cloud-resolving model simulations"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmElisabeth Moyer (University of Chicago)
"Isotopic composition of water vapor and relevance to cloud processes"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the next Vice Chair; Fill out Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss future Site & Scheduling preferences; Election of the next Vice Chair
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmIce Cloud Properties and Relevance to Climate
Discussion Leader: Jerry Harrington (Penn State)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmBen Murray (University of Leeds)
"Ice Nucleation around the globe"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmBryan Baum (SSEC, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
"A consistent approach for the radiative properties of ice clouds and their application in remote sensing and climate models"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmLimits of Remote Sensing
Discussion Leader: Paquita Zuidema (University of Miami)
9:00 am - 9:40 amSteven Platnick (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)
"Understanding MODIS cloud optical and microphysical retrievals"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amLarry Di Girolamo (University of Illinois)
"Confronting spatial heterogeneity in passive satellite remote sensing of cloud and aerosol properties"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmZiad Haddad (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
"Limitations and uncertainties in active remote sensing"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmThe Power of the Spectrum
Discussion Leader: Shaima Nasiri (Texas A&M University)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmPeter Pilewskie (University of Colorado)
"Monitoring Earth's climate with shortwave hyperspectral reflectance"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmStephen Leroy (Harvard University)
"Climate fingerprinting"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture

 
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