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Radiation & Climate (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Future Challenges in Using Models and Observations for Understanding Climate Processes


July 15-16, 2017


Bates College
Lewiston, ME Site Information


Christopher R. Terai & Edward Gryspeerdt

Application Deadline

The application deadline for this meeting was June 17, 2017. You may still submit an application, which may be considered by the conference chair if there is still room available.

Meeting Description


The Gordon Research Seminar on Radiation and 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.

This meeting will focus on outstanding questions in solar and terrestrial radiation and climate change and how to make progress in constraining the relevant processes using models and observations. Discussions will encourage conversations between modelers and observationalists to identify connections between modeling and observational studies to tackle the grand challenges facing our understanding of the climate system. Abstracts are encouraged on a number of topics, including, but not limited to challenges in understanding cloud, aerosol, precipitation, and ice processes along with large scale responses and the importance of these processes to a changing climate. A selection of exceptional abstracts with will be featured in a session at the associated Gordon Research Conference.

Application Instructions

The meeting will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.

The Chairs will select speakers from abstracts submitted by April 15, 2017. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Deadline section above.

Related Meeting

This GRS will be held in conjunction with the "Radiation & Climate" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRC in addition to an application for the GRS. Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

2:00 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 Session: Connecting Observations to Climate Modeling Challenges
Discussion Leader: Edward Gryspeerdt (Imperial College London, United Kingdom)
3:45 pm - 4:15 pmStephen Klein (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA)
"The Role of Conceptual Models in Connecting Cloud Observations to Global Circulation Modeling Challenges: From Small Cumulus to Global Climate Change"
4:15 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmClouds
Discussion Leader: Ann Fridlind (Goddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmKuan-Ting O (University of Washington, USA)
"Ultra-Clean Layers and Low Albedo Clouds in the Marine Boundary Layer"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmHeming Bai (Nanjing University, China)
"Estimating Precipitation Susceptibility in Warm Marine Clouds Using Multi-Sensor Aerosol and Cloud Products from A-Train Satellites"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmMax Heikenfeld (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
"Aerosol-Cloud Interaction Pathways in Deep Convection"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmWan Ting Katty Huang (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
"Global Relevance of Marine Organic Aerosols as Ice Nucleating Particles"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amClimate
Discussion Leader: Andrew Gettelman (National Center for Atmospheric Research, USA)
9:00 am - 9:20 amNadir Jeevanjee (Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, NOAA, USA)
"Mean Precipitation Changes from Invariant Radiative Cooling"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amGeeta Persad (Carnegie Institution for Science, USA)
"The Influence of Aerosol Emissions' Geographic Location on the Magnitude and Spatial Distribution of Climate Effects"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amElin McIlhattan (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
"Global Observations of Cloud Impact on Surface Radiation Balance"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amKristina Pistone (NASA Ames Research Center, USA)
"Radiative Impacts of Further Arctic Sea Ice Melt: Using Past Observations to Inform Future Climate Impacts"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmRadiation
Discussion Leader: Bastiaan van Diedenhoven (Columbia University, USA)
1:30 pm - 1:50 pmCarolin Klinger (NOAA Earth System Laboratory, USA)
"3D Thermal Radiative Heating Rates – Parameterization and Their Effects on Cloud Development"
1:50 pm - 2:00 pmDiscussion
2:00 pm - 2:20 pmTyler Thorsen (Langley Research Center, NASA, USA)
"Towards Quantifying Global Aerosol Direct Radiative Effects Using Lidar: Detection Sensitivity"
2:20 pm - 2:30 pmDiscussion
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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