A climate meeting is scheduled which promises to include a diversity of perspectives on climate forcings and feedbacks. The meeting is the 2006 SORCE Science Meeting, motivated by the NASA/EOS Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment (SORCE). The agenda consists of invited and contributed oral and poster presentations. Participation is encouraged by the Conference organizers. The abstract deadline is July 14, 2006.
As described on the meeting website,
“SCIENCE PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Solar radiation is the primary energy source for many processes in Earth’s environment and is responsible for driving the atmospheric and oceanic circulations. Since its launch in 2003, the SOlar Radiation and Climate Experiment (SORCE) has measured solar irradiance at the top of the Earth’s atmosphere with unprecedented accuracy, precision, and spectral coverage across the ultraviolet, visible, and near-infrared regions of the spectrum. The magnitude and spectral distribution of solar radiation is modified from the SORCE-measured values via scattering and absorption within the atmosphere and at the surface. Identifying and understanding those processes which perturb the distribution of solar and terrestrial radiative energy is essential in determining the climate response to changes in concentrations of various gases and aerosol particles from natural and anthropogenic sources, as is discerning their associated feedback mechanisms.
The theme of the 2006 SORCE Science Team Meeting is The Earth’s Radiative Energy Budget Related to SORCE. Several of the key questions and issues to be addressed include:
What is the present state of knowledge of the Earth’s radiation budget from space, from within that atmosphere, and at the surface?
What are the key processes that control Earth’s albedo?
What are the key radiative forcing agents, of natural and anthropogenic origin, and how have their relative influences changed over the past three centuries?
What are the important feedback mechanisms for regulating Earth’s climate?
What is the sensitivity of climate to induced radiative forcing and over what time scales does climate respond?
What is the role of the biosphere? ”
This meeting will permit an update of the National Research Council Reports:
National Research Council, 2005: Radiative forcing of climate change: Expanding the concept and addressing uncertainties. Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, Division on Earth and Life Studies, The National Academies Press, Washington, D.C.,
National Research Council, 2003: Understanding Climate Change Feedbacks (2003)
Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, Division on Earth and Life Studies, The National Academies Press, Washington, D.C.
Invited confirmed speakers and topics include:
Al Arking, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
Short- and long-wave surface radiation budgets: implications for climate
Roni Avissar, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
Land use/land change
Robert Cahalan, GSFC, NASA, Greenbelt, Maryland
Clouds and radiation
Jim Coakley, Oregon State University, Corvallis
The aerosol indirect effect
Bill Collins, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Boulder, Colorado
Radiative forcing by greenhouse gases
Judy Curry, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta
Hurricane response in the climate system
Ellsworth Dutton, NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory, Boulder, Colorado
The surface radiative energy budgets
Jerry Harder, LASP, University of Colorado, Boulder
The role of VIS-IR / SIM in climate science
Jay Herman, GSFC, NASA, Greenbelt, Maryland
Ozone variability and the biosphere
Ken Jezek, Byrd Polar Research Center at Ohio State University, Columbus
The ice feedback
Greg Kopp, LASP, University of Colorado, Boulder
The role of TSI / TIM in climate science
Judith Lean, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC
Solar radiative forcing
Norm Loeb, NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia
The accuracy of TSI / SSI in climate models
Bill McClintock, LASP, University of Colorado, Boulder
The role of UV / SOLSTICE in climate science
Roger Pielke Sr., University of Colorado, Boulder
Regional and global climate forcings
Peter Pilewskie, LASP, University of Colorado, Boulder
Overview of the radiation budget in the lower atmosphere
V. Ramanathan, Scripps Inst. of Oceanography, Univ. of California, San Diego
The regulation of Earth’s albedo
Graeme Stephens, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
The cloud-climate feedback
Ka-Kit (KK) Tung, University of Washington, Seattle
Climate responses to forcing
Bruce Wielicki, NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia
Earth’s radiation budget from space
Tom Woods, LASP, University of Colorado, Boulder
SORCE mission update, The role of EUV/XUV / XPS in climate science