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2014 Symposium on Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics at Mountain Sites

August 11-15, 2014
Steamboat Springs, CO, USA.

* Workshop Registration is now open
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We are excited to invite you to the 2014 Symposium on Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics at Mountain Sites.  The meeting is scheduled for Aug 11-15 in Steamboat Springs, CO, USA.   The meeting will be located at the Sheraton Hotel and Resort.   

The general aim of this 2nd symposium is both to present and continue discussions regarding field measurements of air constituents at mountain sites.  We strive to learn as much as possible from these measurements across the globe. Since many of us have similar types of scientific questions this symposium is to enable fruitful scientific discussions and collaborations.


We propose the following scientific topics to be discussed; some of them are crucial for the interpretation of measurements (we plan that these key topics will become sessions in the symposium):

Session 1: 
Aerosol (chemical, physical, and optical properties), gas-phase (reactive short lived and climate-active long live trace gases), cloud (microphysical properties and chemistry), and solar radiation measurements and scientific findings from mountain sites.  For example, mountain sites are often used to study the influence of local pollution or long-range transport. 

Session 2: 
Global and regional model comparisons to mountain sites.  Examples include the assessment of long-range transport in the models (by comparing to the mountain-based measurements), and universal issues of comparing models to mountain measurements (e.g. complex terrain, upslope/downslope flow, potential for large sub-grid variability of atmospheric properties). Seasonality of the observations (for instance, dust, biomass burning) at mountain sites is generally seen, offering an opportunity/challenge for regional model comparisons.   Such sites are important evaluation spots as many of them are subject to less frequent change than surface sites. 

Session 3:  
This session will focus on the support and needs for a formal alliance of mountain sites. This discussion will include both the observational and modeling communities.   Ideas and mechanisms for communication and cooperation will be presented, and input is strongly encouraged. 

Session 4: 
Sampling techniques and data analysis that is unique to mountain sites (e.g. inlet designs, designing equipment to deal with riming conditions, identifying when in-cloud, upslope/downslope flagging).  


The presenters are invited to submit an abstract. This will be the basis for the organization of the program, which will be decided by the Organizing Committee (we will strive for oral presentations from as many different sites as possible). The Abstracts will be printed to be available at the beginning of the symposium. No further publication of the symposium is planned.

Workshop Registration is now open.