Early Career Professional Development Webinars

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DEI Seminar 1: Field-Campaign Networks to Identify Sexual Harassment in Atmospheric Science & Pilot Interventions

Dr. Emily Fischer (Colorado State University) discussed a recent study of harassment in the context of atmospheric science field campaign teams. Special attention was paid to best practices that could be leveraged by other teams for upcoming field programs.
Moderator: Yaowei Li (Harvard University)
Co-hosts: Alyssa Stansfield (Colorado State University), Piyush Patel (Netherlands Institute for Space Research), Emily Franklin (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation), Yang Tian (NCAR)

AGU Fall Meeting 2023: A Guide for Students and Early Career Scientists

This webinar will overview some basic information to help students and early career scientists make the most of their conference experience.

Best Practices in Reviewing Scientific Articles

Peer-review is an essential part of the scientific publishing process. Many graduate students and early career researchers do not receive formal training on scientific reviewing, and any training usually relies on guidance from peers, who themselves may not have received any formal training. Poor reviewing practices can be passed from person to person, which can make the review process difficult for reviewers, authors, and editors alike. In this webinar, panelists, including current/former editors and outstanding reviewers from AGU journals, will answer your questions about the peer-review process and discuss best practices when reviewing scientific papers

AGU Fall Meeting 2021: A Guide for Early Career Scientists

This webinar will overview some basic information to help students and early career scientists make the most of their conference experience.

A Discussion with Atmospheric Scientists about the Variety of Career Paths in Academia

Atmospheric scientists hold a variety of positions in academia. For example, scientists with graduate degrees may work in university administration, as a research associate, or as a professor at a community college or primarily undergraduate institution. The goal of this webinar is to introduce early career atmospheric scientists to various career paths in academia, including how to find these positions, what skills are needed, and what the everyday responsibilities are.

Experiences Working as a Research Scientist at US National Labs

Despite the wide variety of careers occupied by atmospheric scientists, most graduate students and postdocs have limited exposure to career options outside of universities. The goal of this webinar is to familiarize early career atmospheric scientists to research career opportunities in US national labs (e.g., NOAA, NASA, DOE, EPA) across the country and increase their knowledge of the unique responsibilities and work environments within the labs. The format of this event will be a panel discussion with 4-5 early and mid-career research scientists from various national labs. Panelists will be asked previously prepared questions about their day-to-day experiences and responsibilities. If time permits, the audience may be allowed to submit live questions as well.

Conversations about Career Paths for Atmospheric Scientists in the Private Sector

Outside of academia, atmospheric scientists hold a wide variety of careers in the private sector; however, most graduate students and postdocs have limited exposure to scientists who hold these positions. The goal of this webinar is to introduce early career atmospheric scientists to career opportunities in the private sector and explore how the responsibilities and work environments differ from those in academia. The panelists will be Yi Li (environmental products manager at Sailbri Cooper Inc.), Megan Claflin (principal scientist at Aerodyne Research), and Alex Kubicek (founder and CEO of Understory, Inc.).

Previous Webinars

Atmospheric Sciences Webinar Series: From the Past Into the Future

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.

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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