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Monday, 24 October 2011

Plenary Session A1: Climate Research in Service to Society (chair: G. Asrar)

Welcoming Remarks by Bill Ritter, former Governor of the State of Colorado

Opening Remarks and Expectations for the Week (A. Busalacchi)

Welcome by Local Host:
Roger Wakimoto, Director of National Center for Atmospheric Research

Keynote address by Thomas R. Karl (NOAA, chair USGCRP Subcommittee on Global Change Research):
Scientific Grand Challenges from the USGCRP Perspective

Welcome Address and Expectations from the WCRP sponsors:
-WCRP: a Key Instrument for UN Climate Research - Wendy Watson-Wright, Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceans Commission (IOC)
-Climate Research in Service to Society: a WMO Perspective - Michel Jarraud, Secretary General of World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
-Climate Research in the Next Decade of Earth System Research: an ICSU Perspective - Deliang Chen, Executive Director of International Council for Science (ICSU)

Welcoming Remarks by European Commission (Claus Bruening)

Keynote Talk by David Behar:
Collaborative Climate Science: a User's Perspective on Need, Communication and Application

Morning Break sponsored by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Plenary Session A2: The Climate System Components and Their Interactions (chair: B. Hoskins)

Scientific Grand Challenges for Global Climate Research Addressing Societies Needs (M. Visbeck)

Uncertainties in aerosol cloud-mediated radiative forcing: two large and highly uncertain opposite effects from shallow and deep clouds (D. Rosenfeld)

Biogeochemical, Ecosystem and Human Interactions with Climate and the Complexity of the Earth System (video) (C. Nobre, given by G. Brasseur)

Panel Discussion followed by Q&A with the Audience

Lunch Break on your own

Parallel Sessions:

Session B1: Prediction from Subseasonal to Multi-decadal Scales (conveners: D. Anderson, G. Brunet, B. Kirtman, I.-S. Kang)

Session B2: Detecting, Understanding and Predicting Extreme Climate Events (convener: L. Alexander, G.C. Hegerl, T. Knutson, P. Naveau, C. Schär, F. Zwiers)

Session B3: Oceans Dynamics and Sea level: Variability and Change (conveners: B. Boening, A. Cazenave, M. Latif)

Afternoon Break sponsored by the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences and the National Weather Center at the University of Oklahoma
Parallel Sessions B1, B2, B3.... continue
Post 18:00
Tuesday, 25 October 2011
Breakfast for all registered students - Sponsored by NCAR Climate & Global Dynamics

Plenary Session A3: Observation and Analysis of the Climate System (Chair: A. Simmons)

Challenges of a Sustained Climate Observing System (K. Trenberth)

Understanding of the Global Hydrologic Cycle and Water Management Challenges in the 21st Century (P. Gleick)

The Ocean Observations for Climate: Progress and Challenges (S. Wijffels)

Panel Discussion followed by Q&A with the Audience


Morning break sponsored by Nature Climate Change Journal

Poster Viewing (Sessions: C2, C13, C14, C15, C16, C17, C18, C19, C20, C21, C22, C23, C24)

Lunch Break on your own

Parallel Sessions:

Session B4: Climate System Observations, Reprocessing, Reanalysis and Climate Data Records (conveners: M. Bosilovich, A. O'Neill, J. Kennedy)

Session B5: Variability and Predictability of Regional Climate and Monsoons (conveners: C. Vera, B.N. Goswami, C. Thorncroft, C. Reason, R. Mechoso, W.J. Gutowski, B. Hewitson)

Session B6: Understanding Atmospheric Processes in Climate: Clouds, Aerosols and Dynamics (conveners: J. Alexander, S. Sherwood, A. Brown)

Afternoon Break sponsored by Xcel Energy
Parallel Sessions B4, B5, B6.... continue
18:15- 19:45

Business Needs for Climate Information
Panel Discussion on Climate Science in Service to Society: Private Sector Needs and Opportunities (Organizers: Nancy Colleton, President of the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, and Antonio Busalacchi, Chair of WCRP Joint Scientific Committee)

Reception sponsored by Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC)
Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Plenary Session A4: Assessing and Improving Model and Predictive Capabilities (Chair: M. Kimoto)

From Regional Weather to Global Climate: Challenges and Progress in Improving Models (C. Jakob)

Challenges and progress in sub-Seasonal to decadal prediction on Regional Scales (A. Scaife)

Long-term Climate Change: Forcing, Response and Climate Sensitivity (S. Bony)

Panel Discussion followed by Q&A with the Audience

Morning break - sponsored by NCAR Earth System Laboratory (NESL)
Poster Viewing (Sessions: C3, C25, C26, C27, C28, C29, C30, C31, C32, C33, C34)

Lunch Break on your own

Lunch for all registered Early Career Scientists and Panel Discussion on Communicating Science - Sponsored by American Meteorological Society (AMS)


Parallel Sessions:

Session B7: Assessing the Reliability of Climate Models, CMIP5 (conveners: V. Eyring, P. Glecker, B. van den Hurk, P. Braconnot)

Session B8: How Climate Change Impacts Climate Variability (conveners: K. Rosenlof, L. Terray, C. Deser, D. Karoly, A. Clement, H. Goosse)

Session B9: Radiative Forcing of Climate and Chemistry-Climate Interactions (conveners: T. Shepherd, V. Ramaswamy, T. Nakajima, D. Hauglustaine)

Afternoon Break
Parallel Sessions B7, B8, B9.... continue
19:00- 21:00

Conference Gala at Denver Art Museum - co-sponsored by Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation
All registered conference participants and spouses are welcome

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Plenary Session A5: Climate Assessments and Future Challenges (Chair: T. Stocker)

Changes in Atmospheric Composition: Implications for Irreversible Climate Change and Mitigation Choices (S. Solomon)

Cryosphere and Sea-Level Variability and Change (K. Steffen)

Attribution of Weather and Climate-Related Extreme Events (P. Stott)

Panel Discussion followed by Q&A with the Audience

Morning Break - sponsored by Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
Poster Viewing (Sessions: C4, C35, C36, C37, C38, C39, C40, C41, C42, C43, C44, C45)
Lunch Break on your own

Parallel Sessions:

Session B10: Land Cover and Land Use Changes and their Impacts on Hydroclimate, Ecosystems and Society (conveners: T. Oki, E. Blyth, H. Berbery)

Session B11: Cryosphere and Climate (conveners: M. Serreze, V. Kattsov, M. Drinkwater)

Session B12: Understanding Anthropogenic Climate Change in Terms of Processes and Feedbacks (conveners: C. Senior, J. Mitchell, H. Le Treut)

Afternoon Break
Parallel Sessions B10, B11, B12.... continue
18:15- 20:00

US Global Change Research Program Town Hall Meeting - open to the public

Overview and discussion of the major directions for the USGCRP, including the decadal Strategic Plan for the Program (Conveners: Dr. Thomas R. Karl, Chair of the US Subcommittee on Global Change Research, and Dr. Thomas Armstrong, Director of the USGCRP National Coordination Office)
Friday, 28 October 2011

Plenary Session A6: Translating scientific understanding of the climate system into climate information for decision makers (Chair: L. Goddard)

Building Adaptive Capacity to Climate Variability and Change in Developing Countries (M. C. Lemos)

Climate and Public Health - The MERIT Initiative (M. Thomson)

Meeting User Needs: Limits, Ideals and Realities (B. Hewitson)

Earth System Research for Global Sustainability (J. Rockström)

Panel Discussion followed by Q&A with the Audience

Morning Break

Plenary Session A6 continues

Strengthening Policy Relevance of Scientific Assessments:
IPCC WGI (D. Qin),
IPCC WGII (C. Field)
IPCC WGIII (O. Edenhofer)

Plenary Session A7: The Future of WCRP (Chair: C. Vera)


Panel Discussion with Plenary Chairs:
Major Challenges of Monday-Thursday Sessions and how well WCRP is Positioned to Address Them

Future of WCRP and Closing (A. Busalacchi)

End of Conference