March 18-19, 2014 8:30am-5:30pm
(Tuesday and Wednesday)
University of Washington Husky Union Building

Although the Southern Ocean has strong influences on climate patterns and is a unique pristine environment, there have been sparse observations of clouds, aerosols, radiation and the air-sea interface in this region. Consequently, much is unknown about atmospheric and oceanographic processes and their linkage in this region, and how such processes will be affected by the warming underway in this region.

It is well known that climate models underestimate low cloud and the frequent occurrence of supercooled water in this area, and often overpredict wind stress, affecting cloud feedbacks and precipitation globally. Therefore, we are convening a workshop to discuss the state of knowledge of clouds, aerosols and air-sea interaction over the Southern Ocean and to identify strategies for reducing uncertainties in their representation in global and regional models, in order to accomplish the ultimate goal of better determining the role of such processes in the climate system.

In this workshop, past research efforts in the Southern Oceans will be reviewed, remaining scientific issues to be resolved will be listed, and the observations (aircraft, satellite or ground-based) and model development and simulations needed to address the posed science hypothesis will be identified. The workshop will involve a series of invited and contributed presentations, followed by breakout sessions where science hypothesis needed to determine the role of clouds, aerosols and air-sea interaction over the Southern ocean will be determined, along with strategies for answering those hypotheses.

Contributions and participation in the workshop are solicited from researchers working on a wide variety of topics, including (but not limited to) cloud characteristics, aerosol transport/sources/sinks, aerosol-cloud-precipitation interactions, biogeochemical cycles, air-sea coupling, model biases, remote sensing studies of the Southern Oceans, and key knowledge gaps/opportunities for advancing science in this area.

Workshop Summary

Registration ahead of the workshop is requested for all attendees

Please submit brief titles (and optional abstracts) for oral presentations on the registration form

For more information please contact Greg McFarquhar or Robert Wood