Atmospheric Sciences Webinar Series:
From the Past Into the Future
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The 2019 Fall meeting session “From the Past Into the Future” was such a success that the Atmospheric Sciences Section is pleased to offer it again as a series of live webinars, beginning 3 March 2020 and running every Tuesday through 21 April 2020.

We celebrated the AGU Centennial by both commemorating the past and looking into the future. Part of that celebration was recognizing transformative discoveries in atmospheric science that have been of tremendous benefit to society; for example, improved forecasts of extreme weather at longer lead times or more detailed projections of climate change impacts. Today, there remain many grand challenges in atmospheric science, such as cloud-aerosol interactions, or how the global atmosphere interacts with the ocean, land and cryosphere to produce a continuum of temporal and spatial variability. These aspects were discussed at the Fall 2019 meeting through an all-day session of oral presentations by a diverse group of invited speakers – both established and emerging leaders in the field – and all excellent communicators. Topics included ozone depletion and recovery, weather and climate prediction, detection and attribution of climate change, and extreme events, among others.

We are pleased to offer the lectures again to the broader AGU membership as a webinar series, with presentations each Tuesday over eight weeks (3 March to 21 April). Each session will feature two speakers (25 minute talks + 5 minutes for questions) and will last approximately one hour beginning at 12 PM EST.

Webinar 1
Tuesday 3 March
12PM to 1PM (EST)


Allison Steiner
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Terrestrial Biosphere-Atmosphere Interactions

Kevin Trenberth
NCAR, Boulder, CO
Earth’s Changing Energy Budget

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Webinar 2
Tuesday 10 March
12PM-1PM (EDT)


Sue Grimmond
University Reading, UK
Urban climates: From clouds to cloud computing

Guy Brasseur
NCAR, Boulder, CO
Ozone Depletion and Recovery

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Webinar 4
Tuesday 24 March
12PM to 1PM (EDT)


Susan C van den Heever
Colorado State University
Past Achievements and Future Challenges in Understanding, Observing and Modeling Cloud Processes

Sonia I Seneviratne
ETH Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich
Weather and Climate Extremes

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Webinar 5
Tuesday 31 March
12PM-1PM (EDT)


Kristie A Boering
University of California Berkeley
Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate on a Changing Earth

Webinar 6
Tuesday 7 April
12PM to 1PM (EDT)


Doug Smith
Met Office Hadley center for Climate Change
Seasonal to Decadal Climate Prediction

Marika Holland
National Center for Atmospheric Research
The Emergence of a New Arctic

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Webinar 7
Tuesday 14 April
12PM to 1PM (EDT)


Jim Kossin
NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information
Detecting Trends in Tropical Cyclones

Duane Waliser
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
A Systems Perspective on the Environmental Prediction Enterprise
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Webinar 8
Tuesday 21 April
12PM to 1PM (EDT)


Ben Santer
Fingerprinting the Climate System

Brian Soden
University of Miami
Progress and Challenges in Understanding the Atmospheric Hydrological Cycle
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