Atmospheric Radiation Science Workshop

Dates and location: March 8-11, 2016   NCAR and CU, Boulder, Colorado, USA.

clouds aerosols sunset NCAR/ACCORD  in collaboration with NASA and the University of Colorado will host a 4-day workshop to discuss current and future directions in atmospheric radiation science. Scientists, engineers, and representatives from funding agencies will assemble to exchange their perspectives on observational needs and on how they can be met with current or emerging technology, platforms, and experimental approaches.  Student participants will gain a broad overview of radiation science and engineering aspects of the field.

 Special emphasis will be given to optimizing airborne observations as part of the ground- and satellite-based observational system to best meet modeling needs. Many of the topics draw from lessons learned from recent and planned experiments (e.g. DC3, SEAC4RS, CSET, ARISE, ORACLES). Participants will have the opportunity to present relevant results.

Several breakout (B) and plenary (P) discussions are planned (see agenda for details):

  • B-1: Radiometry (calibration, components, performance parameters)        
  • B-2: Radiation and microphysics in observations and modeling
  • B-3: Arctic/Antarctic observations: High-latitude radiation budget
  • B-4: Coping with atmospheric complexity in cloud-aerosol observations and RT modeling
  • B-5: Aircraft / UAS air traffic regulations / coordination
  • B-6: Photochemistry
  • B-7: Satellite validation
  • P-1: Emerging science, technology, and platforms
  • P-2: Future experiments and flight planning strategies


To fuel these discussions, participants will be provided in advance with an initial set of questions to expand upon, with encouragement to voice their own thoughts during the workshop itself. Two keynote talks (related to two science focus areas: B-2 and B-3) and shorter talks (in plenary sessions or breakouts) will lead into each of the discussions.  A poster reception will be held on Tuesday evening and all are invited to present their recent work. The posters will remain up throughout the four days.

The various discussions will be summarized to capture the viewpoints of the participants, which will be organized as a written report with short contributions from everyone interested.

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