2011 News & Events

CSD Scientists Give Presentations, Earn Awards at WCRP Climate Conference

8 November 2011

Scientists from the Chemical Sciences Division made a strong showing as presenters, organizers, and participants at the recent Open Science Conference of the World Climate Research Programme, "Climate Research in Service to Society," held 24-28 October in Denver. And a few of them walked away with awards.

Five CSD scientists were recognized with awards for outstanding oral and poster presentations by students and early-career scientists. These recipients were selected based on rigorous evaluation of 487 posters and 26 papers presented by the over 500 students and early career scientists attending the Conference. CSD's awardees were:

  • Ryan Neely, a University of Colorado student and CIRES scientist in CSD's Chemistry and Climate Processes Program, received an award for his oral presentation, "Trends and Annual Cycles in the Background Stratospheric Aerosol Layer" [coauthored with Susan Solomon, John Barnes, and Ellsworth Dutton]
  • Irina Mahlstein, a CIRES scientist in CSD's Chemistry and Climate Processes Program, for "September Arctic sea ice predicted to disappear for 2°C global warming above present" [poster coauthored with Reto Knutti]
  • Andrew Rollins, a CIRES scientist in CSD's Atmospheric Composition and Chemical Processes Program, for "SPARC Water Vapor Assessment: Measurements of water vapor in the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere with CIMS during the 2011 MACPEX mission" [poster coauthored with Troy D. Thornberry, Ru-Shan Gao, David W. Fahey, Emrys G. Hall, Allen F. Jordan, Dale F. Hurst, Cornelius Schiller, Nicole Spelten, Martina Kraemer, Jessica B. Smith, Maryann R. Sargent, and David S. Sayres]
  • Paul J. Young, a CIRES scientist in CSD's Chemistry and Climate Processes Program, for "Modeling the impact of late 20th century stratospheric ozone changes: Sensitivity to different ozone forcing data sets" [poster coauthored with Susan Solomon, Birgit Hassler, Greg Bodeker, Robert W. Portmann, and Jean-Francois Lamarque]
  • Birgit Hassler, a CIRES scientist in CSD's Chemistry and Climate Processes Program, for "Twenty-five years of ozonesonde measurements at South Pole: An assessment of changing loss rates" [poster coauthored with Susan Solomon, John S. Daniel, Samuel J. Oltmans, and Bryan Johnson]

The prizes consisted of certificates from WCRP, along with memberships and books provided by the American Geophysical Union (AGU), American Meteorological Society (AMS), and the European Geophysical Union (EGU).

Other CSD scientists giving oral presentations at the Conference were Karen Rosenlof, Graham Feingold, and John Daniel. Posters were presented by several CSD scientists, and three CSD scientists were co-conveners of poster sessions (John Daniel - Atmospheric Composition and Forcings; David Fahey - Stratospheric Ozone and Other Trace Gases; and Graham Feingold - Clouds, Aerosols and Climate). Debe Dailey-Fisher distributed outreach materials and answered scores of questions during several days at the NOAA booth.

The Conference brought together diverse research communities to present latest findings related to understanding and predicting climate variability and change. Among its aims were to identify the grand challenges facing the climate research community and to help establish future priorities for climate research. It was timed to provide strategic input into the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report, which is currently in preparation and is due out in 2013. Presentations and posters are available at the WCRP Open Science Conference.