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.