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Radiation and Climate
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Meeting Cycle

24 Months

Conference Description

The Radiation and Climate conferences have covered a wide variety of emerging climate science since the first conference in 1998. The meetings have addressed significant issues in global climate change, the physics of past and present-day climates, modeling and observation of the atmosphere, and the theoretical foundations of radiative transfer. The common theme in these discussions has been the central role of radiation in understanding the equilibration and perturbation of the climate. The conferences have been motivated by the outstanding problems in Earth system science, including the sensitivity of the climate to increased greenhouse gases; the existence of anomalous shortwave absorption in the atmosphere; the influence of aerosols on climate; and the role of hydrological feedbacks in regulating or accelerating climate change. Speakers have presented the latest advances in models for climate and radiative transfer; instruments for remote sensing; and measurements of the atmospheric radiation field, clouds, and aerosols. Upcoming conferences will focus on the synthesis of models and observations to address critical questions regarding the behavior of the coupled climate system.

What is a GRC? Gordon Research Conferences (GRC) are 5-day meetings that bring scientists together from around the world to present and discuss unpublished research with other leaders in their field.

Related Conference

This Gordon Research Conference (GRC) series is related to the "Radiation and Climate" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series. Although a related GRS will typically be scheduled in conjunction with its parent GRC each time it meets, that may not always be the case. Refer to the individual meetings in the Meeting History section below for more details. For more information about the associated Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series, click here.

What is a GRS? Gordon Research Seminars (GRS) are 2-day meetings that bring graduate students and post-docs together to discuss their cutting edge research among peers and mentors. Each GRS immediately precedes an associated Gordon Research Conference (GRC), and topics addressed at the GRS relate closely to the GRC.

Meeting History

YearMeeting NameDatesConference SiteChair(s)
2017 Radiation and Climate
Connecting Observations to Global Circulation Modeling Challenges
Jul 16-21 Bates College David Turner
Dargan Frierson
2015 Radiation and Climate
Towards Understanding the Interactions Between Radiation, Clouds, Aerosol, Precipitation and Climate
Jul 26-31 Bates College Bernhard Mayer
Eugene E. Clothiaux
2013 Radiation and Climate
Observing the Interactions Among Radiation, Clouds, and the Climate System
Jul 7-12 Colby-Sawyer College Sally A. McFarlane
Robert Pincus
2011 Radiation and Climate
Clouds, Aerosols, Precipitation and their Role in Climate and Climate Change
Jul 10-15 Colby College Robert Wood
Alexander Marshak
2009 Radiation and Climate Jul 5-10 Colby-Sawyer College Qiang Fu
Christian Jakob
2007 Radiation and Climate Jul 29 - Aug 3 Colby-Sawyer College William D. Collins
Philip B. Russell
2005 Radiation and Climate Jul 24-29 Colby College Howard W. Barker
Robert G. Ellingson
2003 Solar Radiation and Climate Jul 13-18 Colby-Sawyer College Venkatachalam Ramaswamy
Jeff Kiehl
2000 Solar Radiation and Climate Jun 24-29 Connecticut College Bruce A. Wielicki
Thomas P. Ackerman
1998 Solar Radiation and Climate Jun 14-19 Plymouth State College Warren Wiscombe
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