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96th Annual Meeting of American Meteorological Society: Earth system science in service to society

January 10-14  
The theme for the 2016 AMS Annual Meeting, “Earth System Science in Service to Society”, weaves the many parts of AMS into a common core. Emphasizing the academic and research strength of AMS, the theme also connects that research to the benefits that society gains from our science. AMS merges the physical, chemical, and biological study of the Earth with human-centered “domains of action”: (1) Observing, (2) Analysis and research leading to understanding, (3) Modeling and prediction, and (4) Social sciences – how people deal with Earth. “Service to Society” explicitly evokes the integrated and complementary government and commercial enterprise that the AMS has done so much to foster over the last decade. 
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, US.
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Second Pacific Anomalies Workshop

January 20, 21.
This is the second of two workshops designed to understand the timing and scale of the anomalous oceanographic conditions in the North Pacific in 2014-2015, often referred to as the blob, with the intent of maximizing global and coastal ocean observing systems to deliver information to meet societal needs.

  • Atmosphere-ocean interactions: e.g., "What is the 'blob' generating mechanism and is it unprecedented?"
  • Open ocean-coastal interactions:  e.g., "What large and meso-scale processes, including upwelling, kept the blob offshore on the west coast? How did the offshore ocean interact with the upwelling zone?"
  • Ecosystem responses: e.g., "What are the mechanisms of ecosystem responses from plankton to predators, including effects from physical and chemical states associated with the blob?"

Location:  University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, US.
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2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting

February 21-26  
Co-sponsored by AGU, ASLO, and TOS, the Ocean Sciences Meeting will consist of a diverse program covering topics in all areas of the ocean sciences discipline. The biennial meeting is an international assembly of scientists, engineers, students, educators and policy makers, who gather to share and discuss new scientific findings, research applications, education and policy about the oceans.
At the conference, scientific, educational, and policy sessions, which can be browsed here, will cover topics as wide-ranging as human-marine environment interactions, climate change, ocean acidification, renewable energy and sea level rise. The final scientific program will be available on the 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting website in November.
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, US.
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Global Climate Observation: the road to the future

March 2-4.
The conference is being held to allow producers and users of climate observations and other stakeholders the opportunity to discuss the current monitoring of the Essential Climate Variables (ECVs) and to highlight possible new areas for ECVs. These discussions provide a key input into the new GCOS Implementation Plan that is now being prepared for UNFCC in 2016. 
Location:  Royal Academy of the Arts and Sciences, Amsterdam.
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Arctic Observing Summit

March 12-15.
The  summit will focus on six themes:

  • International and national strategies for sustained support of long-term Arctic observing
  • Technology and innovation for sustained Arctic observations
  • Contributions of the Private Sector and Industry to sustained Arctic observations
  • Actor and Stakeholder engagement and needs in sustained Arctic observations
  • Arctic Observations in the context of Global Observing initiatives
  • Interfacing Traditional Knowledge, Community-based Monitoring and Scientific Methods for sustained Arctic observations.

Location: Fairbanks, Alaska.
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High-Resolution Ocean Modelling for Coupled Seamless Predictions Workshop

April 13-15.
The workshop will focus on the scientific development of ocean models and global coupled prediction systems at resolutions of order 1/12° for seasonal to decadal prediction and short-range weather forecasting.
Location: Exeter, UK.
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European Geosciences Union General Assembly

April 17-22.
The EGU General Assembly 2016 will bring together geoscientists from all over the world to one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary and space sciences. The EGU aims to provide a forum where scientists, especially early career researchers, can present their work and discuss their ideas with experts in all fields of geoscience. 
Location: Vienna, Austria.
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4th International Symposium of the ocean in a high CO

May 3-6  
The Hobart symposium will build on the successful three previous symposia and offers the worldwide community of scientists working to understand ocean acidification opportunities to share their research results and develop new research collaborations.

Themes include:

  • Organism responses to Ocean Acidification
  • Ecological effects of Ocean Acidification
  • Changing carbonate chemistry of the Ocean
  • Advances in Ocean Acidification research and monitoring
  • Ocean Acidification and society – economics and food security
  • Mitigation of Ocean Acidification
  • Ocean Acidification and the increasingly crowded ocean – global change multistressors

Location: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.
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International Conference on Regional Climate-Cordex 2016

May 17-20  
The International Conference on Regional Climate (ICRC)-CORDEX 2016 will bring together the international community involved in regional climate research focusing on high resolution climate information, and its applications to the vulnerability, impacts and adaptation community and the full spectrum of potential end users of regional climate information.  It will further promote the CORDEX vision to advance and coordinate the science and application of regional climate downscaling through global partnerships.
Location: Stockholm, Sweden.
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48th Leige Colloqium on Ocean Dynamics: Submesoscale Processes: Mechanisms, Implications and New Frontiers 

May 23-27  
The colloquium aims to advance our collective understanding of submesoscale ocean processes, their mechanistic functioning, relevance, and implications across a range of oceanic disciplines. Discussions will include observational, modeling, and theoretical approaches for elucidating submesoscale phenomena. .
Location: Liege, Belgium.
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13th meeting of the Asian Oceania Geosciences Society 

July 31- August 5  
Asia- Oceania region is particularly vulnerable to natural hazards, accounting for almost 80% human lives lost globally. AOGS is deeply involved in addressing hazard related issues through improving our understanding of the genesis of hazards through scientific, social and technical approaches.
AOGS holds annual conventions providing a unique opportunity of exchanging scientific knowledge and discussion to address important geo-scientific issues among academia, research institution and public.
Recognizing the need of global collaboration, AOGS has developed good co-operation with other international geo-science societies and unions such as the European Geosciences Union (EGU), American Geophysical Union (AGU), International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG), Japan Geo-science Union (JpGU), and Science Council of Asia (SCA)..

Location: Beijing, China.
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10th International carbon dioxide conference 

August 20-25  
The purpose of this conference is to bring together scientists from different disciplines to work towards an integrated view on the global cycle of carbon in the Earth System. Spatial scales considered range from local and regional towards global synthesis, temporal scales from hours to millennia. Periods addressed include the contemporary, industrial, and future, as well as the last millennia, glacial/interglacial, and stadial/interstadial periods.

Topics will include:

  • trends and variability in carbon stocks and fluxes
  • land use and land management
  • carbon-ecosystem-climate feedbacks and vulnerabilities
  • extreme events
  • linkages between CO2 and other greenhouse gases and between carbon and related tracers (e.g., oxygen, nutrients, and isotopes)
  • direct and indirect effects of high CO2 including ocean acidification
  • natural and anthropogenic drivers
  • allowable anthropogenic carbon emissions to meet multiple climate targets
  • emission mitigation
  • information from atmospheric, oceanic, terrestrial measurements and monitoring networks, from paleo archives, from process, inverse, and Earth System models

Location: Interlaken, Sweden.
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CLIVAR open science conference 2016

September 15-23  
The World Climate Research Programme’s (WCRP) Core Project on Climate and Ocean – CLIVAR - invites the international climate community to review the state of the science, to prioritize international research plans and to initiate new collaborations. In September 2016 CLIVAR will hold an Open Science Conference to engage the wider collection of scientists who work in this important area.

The objectives of the CLIVAR Open Science Conference are to

  • Review progress toward improved understanding of the dynamics, the interaction, and the predictability of the coupled ocean-atmosphere system
  • Shape ideas to meet emerging ocean and climate science challenges
  • Engage with the future generation of climate scientists
  • Identify key climate research and stakeholder issues
  • Develop and strengthen collaborations across nations, disciplines and age groups and promote integrative studies

In addition to the main event, the Conference will have two other events which will target specific audiences: the CLIVAR Early Career Scientists Symposium, a 3 day programme prior to the main conference, designed by and for Early Career Scientists; and the Regional Stakeholder Forum, a one day event bringing together CLIVAR scientists and practitioners who have an interest in climate science to exchange ideas, outline requirements and discuss future collaborations with a particular focus on the Asia-Pacific region.
Location: Qingdao, China.
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