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Radiation and Climate (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Future Challenges in Using Models and Observations for Understanding Climate Processes


July 15-16, 2017


Bates College
Lewiston, ME


Christopher R. Terai & Edward Gryspeerdt

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.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Radiation and Climate" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). 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 pmHendrik Andersen (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany)
"Aerosol or Meteorology? Determinants of Global Cloud Radiative Effects"
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)
"The Impact of Lidar Detection Sensitivity on Assessing Aerosol Direct Radiative Effects"
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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