welcome to AeroCom / AeroSAT
summaries of the last 2017 meeting at Helsinki can
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AeroCom is an open international initiative of scientists interested in the advancement of the understanding of global aerosol properties and aerosol impacts on climate, weather, and air quality. A central goal is to more strongly tie and constrain modeling efforts to observational data from satellite, ground-based, and aircraft observations. A major element for exchanges between data and modeling groups are annual meetings of AeroCom together with the satellite data oriented initiative AeroSAT. In addition to the comparisons among models and between models and data, AeroCom initiates and coordinates model experiments to target particular research topics, leading to joint research papers of synhtesizing character. A common database is maintained at the Norwegian Meteorological Institute to facilitate joint scientific exploration. The major objectives of the 16th AeroCom meeting are to (1) update the outcome of the Phase III AeroCom model experiments, (2) formulate a new phase activities of modeling and analysis, and (3) discuss the near-term goal and directions.
AeroSAT is an international consortium of experts on aerosol remote sensing from ground and space. This initiative was established in 2013: (1) to accelerate the exchange of ideas and concepts both within the aerosol remote-sensing community, and in conjunction with the aerosol modeling (e.g., AeroCom), and in situ aerosol-measuring efforts, and (2) to advance and coordinate the capabilities of satellite sensor aerosol retrieval products, which are needed to constrain aerosol processing and assist in evaluating global modeling. One major aspect of AeroSat is interaction with the aerosol modeling community - it will be the focus of an overlap half-day joint session with AeroCom. The main goal of the meeting overall is to share and invigorate new developments and ideas in several major areas, including aerosol-type retrieval, aerosol amount and type product uncertainties, long-term data records, and aerosol measurement-model interactions. On each of these AeroSat topics working groups have ongoing, dedicated efforts, and will report briefly on their activities, followed by open discussion. Each session will be introduced by one or two invited seed presentations to stimulate discussion, and as appropriate, posters or very brief oral presentations on new approaches selected through submitted abstracts.