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IGU Regional Conference 2015

August 17 - 21
The International Geographical Union (IGU) will meet in Moscow this summer for the third time since the International Geographical Congress of 1976, when over 2,000 participants from around the world gathered in the Soviet capital for lectures, discussions, workshops and excursions. The pace of global change has since accelerated in directions that once seemed unimaginable. At the 2015 IGU Regional Conference, participants will have ample opportunity to discuss these changes in light of current political-environmental challenges. The conference theme is “Geography, Culture and Society for Our Future Earth.”
Location: Lomonosov Moscow State University (LMSU), Russia.
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3rd Heidelberg Laureate Forum 2015

August 23 - 28
This is a wonderful opportunity for young researchers to meet with and be inspired by winners of international prizes such as the Fields Medal.  The 3rd HLF will take place from 23 – 28 August, 2015. It will once again bring together winners of the Abel Prize and Fields Medal (mathematics) as well as the Turing Award and Nevanlinna Prize (computer science) for an inspiring week.
Location: Heidelberg, Germany.
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Past Earth Netowork Conference

September 1-4
The Past Earth Network is an EPSRC funded network with the objective of facilitating communication between palaeo-climate researchers and statisticians/mathematicians. The aim of the network is to use past climate data to assess uncertainties of climate data and models with a view to improving climate forecasts. The aim of this conference is to bring together members of climatology, palaeo-climatology, modelling, stats/maths and related communities. The objective is to discuss the major challenges faced by the network and form links between the communities involved.
Location: Crewe Hall, Haslington, UK.
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ECMWF Annual Seminar 2015

September 1-9
Increasingly models are being developed and used at higher resolution. However, many physical processes remain unresolved and need to be parametrized. Even the highest-resolution limited area models still need a parametrized representation of shallow convection, turbulence, microphysics, radiation and land surface processes. Schemes for deep convection and sub-grid orography will still be needed in the foreseeable future for global NWP and climate models.

The seminar will give an overview of the relevant issues. Emphasis will be on the understanding, observation and representation of processes across scales. This is particularly relevant at very high-resolution where part of the process, e.g. convection and small scale orography, is resolved.

Location: Shinfield Park, Reading, Berkshire, UK.
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European Meteorological Society 2015

September 7-11
The theme this year is High impact weather and hydrological hazards: from observation to impact mitigation. The ECAM theme for 2015 explores the end-to-end process of modern weather and flood risk forecasting. We will discuss optimising use of observations and NWP, through to the changing way meteorological information is presented to, and used by, forecasters, decision-makers and other end-users. The emerging concept of 'Big Data' and its application to operational meteorology will also be examined.
Location: Sofia, Bulgaria.
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Monsoons and ITCZ: the annual cycle in the Holocene and the future

September 15-19
Climate models are our primary tool for understanding what climatic shifts we will experience, as pollution continue to alter the composition of the atmosphere. This is especially true when it comes to changes in precipitation, which cannot be expected to be positive everywhere—contrary to the case, by and large, of temperature. Yet, it is difficult to trust projections of precipitation changes because Coupled General Circulation Models (CGCMs) fail to accurately reproduce the position and strength of the Tropical precipitation maxima (monsoons and the Inter-tropical Convergence Zone, or ITCZ) both in the current climate and in the past. To foster progress on this stubborn problem, the workshop will focus on modeling and the theoretical understanding of the annual cycle of oceanic ITCZs and land monsoons in the present climate, the past, and the future.
Location: Columbia University, New York, US.
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Mathematics of Sea Ice Conference

Abstracts to be submitted by August 21.
September 24-26

Interesting mathematics arises in many areas of the study of sea ice and its role in climate. Partial differential equations, numerical analysis, dynamical systems and bifurcation theory, diffusion processes, percolation theory, homogenization and statistical physics represent a broad range of active fields in applied mathematics and theoretical physics which are relevant to important issues in climate science and the analysis of sea ice in particular. We will explore how these areas of mathematics are being used to advance our understanding of sea ice, improve projections of climate change.

  • We will focus our attention on topics which include the following:
  • Sea ice and global climate models
  • Sea ice processes and the climate system
  • Linkage of scales - homogenization of effective properties
  • Bifurcations in low order nonlinear models of polar climate
  • Polar ecosystems, biogeochemistry of sea ice, and climate change.

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
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GeoBerlin Conference 2015

October 4-7
The meeting is themed Dynamic Earth – from Alfred Wegener to today and beyond and will review how Wegener's findings evolved into to modern Earth system science including its impact on climate and the Earth surface, and how this system affects our daily life: where humans live, what risks we are exposed to, where we find our resources. In the meeting societies are invited to propose sessions that cover the entire geoscience spectrum (from mineral physics over solid earth geodynamics to the climate sciences).
Location: Henry Ford Bau of the FU, Berlin, Germany.
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11th International Conference on Southern Hemisphere Meteorology and Oceanography

October 5-9
Since its advent, the ICSHMO has provided a unique contribution to ocean and atmosphere sciences that are specific to the Southern Hemisphere. The objective of the 2015 conference is to provide an interdisciplinary forum for presentations of our current knowledge, as well as encouraging new research and applications within the variety of disciplines related to weather and climate of the ocean and atmosphere. The overarching theme of this conference will be the Challenges of the Next Decade. Participation of early career scholars and postgraduate researchers is positively encouraged.
Location: Santiago, Chile.


CAWCR 9th Annual Workshop: Couple modelling and prediction - from weather to climate

October 19-22
The workshop will bring together Australian experts from the Bureau of Meteorology, CSIRO, the Universities and Research Centres, as well as a number of prominent overseas scientists. This year’s workshop will focus on coupled modelling and prediction across weather and climate timescales. It will address the status and prospects for improving our understanding, simulation and prediction of coupled processes, particularly as related to advancing our capability to predict high impact weather and climate. Key themes will include:

  • Short- to medium range coupled modelling
  • Land-atmosphere interactions
  • Ocean-atmosphere coupled processes
  • High impact weather
  • Coupled data assimilation and reanalysis
  • Current status and future opportunities

Early career scientists are encouraged to attend.
Location: Bureau of Meteorology, 700 Collins Street, Melbourne.
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Earth observation for water cycle science 2015

October 20-23

Recent advances in Earth observation (EO) satellites have made improved global observations of several key parameters governing the global water cycle possible. The purpose of this topical conference is to review our knowledge on the water cycle science at different scales in space and time; to advocate for the development of robust satellite geoinformation data products to characterize and model the water cycle from global to basin scales; and to foster the improvement of models and data assimilation systems to support local, regional and global water cycle predictions, climate change impacts, and development of mitigation strategies in water resources management.
Contributions are sought for presentations on the state-of-the-art research and operational developments in water cycle research, in particular related to climate change.
Location: ESA-ESRIN, Italy.
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Australasian palaeoclimate of the last 2000 years: Inter-comparison of climate field reconstruction methodologies, modelling, and data synthesis approaches

October 27-29

The Australasian (Aus2k) Working Group is currently supporting the wider goals of the second phase of the Past Global Changes (PAGES) 2k initiative to undertake reconstructions of global climate fields for the last two millennia.
Recent efforts have seen an expansion of the Aus2k database to include non-annually resolved data, new data selection criteria, and critical evaluation of proxy archives using modern climate data for calibration. That effort has now opened new horizons for multi proxy synthesis techniques, the generation of new simulations of the last 2000 years using state-of-the-art climate models, and palaeoclimate data-model comparisons.
This workshop will focus on progress for key developments the Aus2k initiative, and will include overviews of:

  • Synthesis and comparison of annually and non-anually resolved palaeoclimate data within the Australasian region; 
  • Results from projects focused on inter-comparison of climate field reconstructions undertaken as multi-institutional efforts; and 
  • Comparison of climate reconstructions with paleoclimate model simulations. 

The workshop also seeks to strengthen ties between the PAGES Aus2k and Ocean2k working group.
Location: NIWA (National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research), Auckland, New Zealand.
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Greenhouse 2015

October 27-30
Greeenhouse 2015 will provide researchers, policymakers, industry representatives and communicators the opportunity to hear the very latest in Southern Hemisphere climate change science. The Conference will provide a comprehensive update on the latest research findings and their practical applications, with a focus on Southern Ocean and Antarctic studies, and their implications for regional and global climate change. Typically attracting some 400 delegates, GREENHOUSE conferences are recognised as prime networking events, bringing together researchers, students, and government and industry representatives.
Location: Hobart, Australia.
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ARCCSS workshop: Influences on precipitation over the Maritime Continent

November 5-6
Modelling, land-surface effects, air-sea interaction, mesoscale meteorology and large-scale circulation patterns. 
This workshop will provide an opportunity for researchers to share their current research on the Maritime Continent, foster collaborations and plan future research efforts. A particular focus will be opportunities for cross research program approaches to studying the inter-scale feedbacks between land-surface processes, air-sea interaction, mesoscalemeteorology, large scale circulation patterns and ocean processes. The workshop will also provide a forum for planning the Australian effort into the Years of the Maritime Continent field experiment.
The workshop will be open to anyone within the Australian climate science community. There will be no cost for attending the workshop, and some limited funding is available for interstate accommodation expenses. Participants are expected to cover their own costs for travel.
Location: Woodward Conference Centre, Melbourne, Australia.
Contact: Claire Vincent ( for further information.


International Conference on the “Water and Energy cycles in the Tropics

November 17-19
The aim of the conference is to provide a forum to review and discuss the latest research on the topic of the water and energy cycles with emphasis on tropical regions. The tropical energy cycles are central to the climate, its variability and its future evolution as reflected in the WCRP Grand Challenges being led by both the GEWEX program and the WGCM.
Location: Paris, France.
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Challenges and Significance of Ecosystem Research in Asia to Better Understand Climate Changes

November 22-29
Asian continent is the home for about  4 billion people on the planet that represents 60% of the total global population. Therefore the terrestrial ecosystem of Asian region is of great importance and the processes understanding and monitoring of it under climate changing scenarios are of a greater challenge. In this context the AsiaFlux 2015 workshop will address on the following key themes.

  • Measurement techniques pertaining to ecosystem parameters over Asian region.
  • Process understanding and modeling of Asian ecosystem.
  • Short and long lived Green House Gas sources and sinks estimate and uncertainty in Asian region.
  • Trends and variability of ecosystem processes and parameters.
  • Impacts of ecosystem and variability in climate change.
  • Other relevant areas of monitoring and researches on Asian ecosystems.

Location: Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune, India.
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The 21st International Congress on Modelling and Simulation

November 29 - December 4
This year's theme is partnering with industry and the community for innovation and impact through modelling. Session streams comprise of Applied and Computational Mathematics; Biological Systems; Computer Science and Engineering; Defence andHomeland Security Modelling; Economics and Finance; Energy; Environment and Ecology; Global Change and Natural Hazards; Health Infomatics; Integrated Infrastrucuture and Urban Planning; Operations Research; Participatory Decision Making and Modelling Social Systems; and Water Resources.
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland.
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2nd Annual OZewex Workshop

December 2 

The theme for this event will be Spatial hydrology: observation, modelling and forecasting. This theme will be explored in sessions organised by the working groups: Observational Data; Model Evaluation and Benchmarking; Data Assimilation; Trends and Extremes; Vegetation Processes; and Hydrological Prediction. Invited speakers will provide a national and international context. As last year, the focus will be on thought-provoking presentations and discussion rather than short research presentations.
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland.
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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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