Workshop on Atmospheric Composition and the Asian Monsoon (ACAM) & ACAM Training School

The 3rd Biennial Workshop on Atmospheric Composition and the Asian Monsoon (ACAM) will take place 5-9 June 2017 in Guagnzhou, China at Jinan University. The third biennial workshop is an important step in maturing the activity to have a sustained impact on the atmospheric composition community. ACAM is a fully recognized international activity jointly sponsored by SPARC (Stratosphere-troposphere Processes And their Role in Climate) and IGAC (International Global Atmospheric Chemistry Project). Laura Pan (NCAR/ACOM) and Jim Crawford (NASA/LaRC) are the co-Chairs of ACAM's Scietific Steering Group.

The scientific scope of the workshop follows the four scientific themes of ACAM, each representing a key aspect of the connection between atmospheric composition and Asian monsoon dynamics:

  1. Emissions and air quality in the Asian monsoon region – This theme spans all seasons, recognizing issues ranging from summertime photochemical smog to winter pollution episodes.
  2. Aerosols, clouds, and their interactions with the Asian monsoon – This theme recognizes the dominant impact of aerosols on this region and the continuing exploration of evidence for feedbacks influencing the monsoon climate system.
  3. Impact of monsoon convection on chemistry – This theme focuses on the vertical redistribution of anthropogenic and natural emissions, expanding global the impact of Asian emissions on atmospheric chemistry.
  4. UTLS Response to the Asian Monsoon – This theme emphasizes the intersection between Asian emissions and the monsoon anticyclone circulation as a conduit for increased anthropogenic influence on the UTLS environment.

ACOM is one of 17 international groups sponsoring the workshop (ACAM3 sponsors).

The 2nd ACAM Training School on "Observations and Modeling of Atmospheric Chemistry and Aerosols in the Asian Monsoon" will be held at Jinan University in Guangzhou during 10-12 June 2017. This training event is organized by ACAM working groupg 4 (WG4), jointly sponsored by a number of agencies and organizaitons including IGAC, SPARC IUGG (The International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics), and IAMAS (International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences). Specific goals of the event include building the capacity and training of early career Asian scientists for effective utilization of diverse types of observations and model data relevant to studying aerosols and air quality in Asia in connection with the Asian monsoon and Climate.

ACOM Scientist's Mary Barth and Laura Pan are among the instructors for the training school.

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