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Central-Asian Institute for Applied Geosciences

CAIAG is a multidisciplinary institute comprising most of the geoscientific discip­lines like geology, glaciology, hydrology, limnology, climatology, geophysics, geodesy and remote sensing.

CAIAG operates dedicated monitoring networks for seismology and geodesy, a network of hydro-meteorological monitoring stations and high mountain glacier observatories.

Geodata and observational data are managed in a Geodata Information System including a Geodatabase and respective Web interfaces for easy and open access.

CAIAG has a team of scientists to organize training courses, to prepare educa­tional material and to establish knowledge transfer to the society and stake hold­ers.

Seminars and conferences
    • The Sensor Data Storage System (SDSS) developed by CAIAG is the main storage system and access point for the raw meteorological and hydrological data of all CAWa and other ROMPS stations in Central Asia as well as for a lot of the radar altimetry data of Asian lakes/reservoirs (including Meta data).
    • A graphic user interface offers the possibility to interactively retrieve data of the CAWa stations and selected lakes/reservoirs with a web browser in several languages (English, Russian, and German). With this open-access system, the data of the time-series can be displayed and downloaded as XML or CSV file, which you can open by Microsoft Excel or in data analysis tools such as R. The data from the stations are seamlessly integrated into the database of the SDSS after their arrival. 

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Connecting Observations to Global Circulation Modeling Challenges

Radiation & Climate
Gordon Research Conference

Connecting Observations to Global Circulation Modeling Challenges


July 16-21, 2017


Bates College
Lewiston, ME Site Information


David Turner & Dargan Frierson

Vice Chairs:
Andrew Gettelman & Bastiaan van Diedenhoven


Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by June 18, 2017. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Meeting Description

The goal of the 2017 Radiation and Climate GRC/GRS will be to bring modelers and theorists together with observationalists to identify and tackle outstanding questions and significant uncertainties that are present in current global circulation models. The GRC is organized into eight sessions. Each session will start with one or two presentations from a global modeler and/or theorist, which outlines important uncertainties and unknowns in a particular research area (e.g., convective organization, mixed-phase cloud processes, global teleconnections and clouds, etc.). This will be followed by a presentation from an expert in observational technology, which highlights our current capability to provide the measurements needed to address the uncertainties outlined in the previous talk and extrapolates to how future technologies might be brought to bear on the problem. The talks, which will be tightly coupled, will spur discussion on the open scientific questions, the ability of the observations to answer them, and the analysis strategies that will more efficiently couple observations and modeling to advance our understanding of these important uncertainties.

Related Meeting

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


Preliminary Program

The topics and speakers for the conference sessions are displayed below (italics denote discussion leaders). The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program, which will include the complete meeting schedule, as well as the talk titles for all speakers. The detailed program will be available by March 16, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Stability and Moisture Around the Globe
    (Leo Donner / David Romps / Helene Brogniez)
  • Organization of Convection
    (Louise Nuijens / Kerry Emanuel / Sandrine Bony-Lena)
  • Land/Ice Surface and Radiation
    (Larry Berg / Peter Thornton / Gijs de Boer)
  • Teleconnections and Clouds in the General Circulation
    (Sarah Kang / George Tselioudis / Ying Li)
  • Cirrus from Tropics to Poles
    (Thomas Ackerman / Ann Fridlind / Martina Kraemer / Greg McFarquhar)
  • Marine Clouds and Processes
    (Paquita Zuidema / Sandra Yuter / Tim Myers / Simon De Szoeke)
  • Arctic Mixed-Phase Cloud Processes
    (Matthew Shupe / Gunilla Svensson / Jennifer Kay / Hans Verlinde)
  • Representing Aerosols in Climate Models
    (Allison McComiskey / Mark Flanner / Nicole Riemer / Jens Redemann)
  • Selected Poster Presentations
    (Christopher Terai)
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