June 24–28, 2013

Final Meeting Agenda

Monday June 24: 

Session I: Big questions – frontiers of the science in each subfield
8:45–9:00         WelcomeA. Del Genio
9:00–9:30         Invited talk – Grand Challenges in Global Circulation Dynamics – T. Schneider
9:30–10:00       Invited talk – Can Global Climate Models Simulate All Terrestrial Planets in the Solar System and Beyond? – F. Forget
10:00–10:30     Invited talk – Big Questions About the Existence of Earth-like Planets J. Kasting
10:30–11:00    Break
Big questions - Contributed talks
11:00–11:20     A CO2-H2 Greenhouse for Early Mars – R. Ramirez
11:20–12:00     Open discussion, plus afternoon plan and assign facilitators
12:00–1:30     Lunch
1:30–3:30 Facilitated small breakouts (with representatives from each discipline)
Is it possible to create a universal taxonomy to classify planetary atmospheres and different Earth climates?
  • Dynamical considerations
  • Astronomical influences
  • Composition/climate influences
  • Dry vs. aquaplanet vs. different mixed land-ocean configurations
3:30–4:00     Break
4:00–5:30     Plenary: Towards a Universal Taxonomy of Planetary Atmospheres 
Tuesday June 25:

Session II: Composition/chemistry/aerosols/radiation
9:00-–9:30         Invited talk: Atmospheric Chemistry and Radiation in the Solar System as Guides to Exoplanet Atmospheres – D. Catling
9:30–9:45         Contributed talk: S. Hörst
9:45–10:00       Contributed talk – The Chemistry of Hot Jupiters and NeptunesJ. Moses
10:00–10:30     Break
10:30–12:00 Panel-led plenary discussion with invited panel members to frame question(s) for open discussion
Panelists: Nancy Chanover, Imke de Pater, Shawn Domagal-Goldman, Sandrine Guerlet
12:00–1:30     Lunch
Session III: Dynamics
1:30–2:00 Invited talk: A. Showman
2:00–2:15 Contributed talk: Y. Kaspi
2:15–2:30 Contributed talk – The Regime of Zonostrophic Macroturbulence and It's Application for Characterization of Large-Scale Circulation on Jupiter and Other Giant Planets B. Galperin
2:30–4:00 Panel-led plenary discussion with invited panel to frame question(s) for open discussion
Panelists: Emily Rauscher, Jonathan Mitchell, Tim Merlis, Peter Read
4:00–4:30     Break
4:30–6:00     Poster session 1

A new view of Earth's sister: Insights following seven years of observation with Venus Express

D.V. Titov, H. Svedhem
Wednesday June 26:

Session IV: Observation and data analysis approaches
9:00–9:20         Invited talk – The Diversity of Giant Planets: Infrared Observation and Data AnalysisL. Fletcher
9:20–9:40         Invited talk – Spectropolarimetry of exoplanetsD. Stam (given by R. de Kok)
9:40–10:00       Invited talk – Seeing the Earth in 4-D – D. Diner
10:00–10:30     Break
10:30–12:00 Panel-led plenary discussion with invited panel to frame question(s) for open discussion
Panelists: David Crisp, Jacqueline Radigan, Dmitrij Titov
12:00–1:30     Lunch
Session V: Modeling, data assimilation, dealing with sparse data, observation strengths and weaknesses
1:30–2:00     Invited talk – Clouds in Wacky Climates D. Abbot
2:00–2:30     Invited talk – Airborne Particles: What We've Learned About Their Role in Climate From Remote Sensing, And Prospects For Future Advances R. Kahn
2:30–4:00 Panel-led plenary discussion with invited panel to frame question(s) for open discussion
Panelists: James Cho, Aymeric Spiga, Junjun Liu
4:00–4:30     Break
4:30–6:00     Poster session 2

Modulation of Terrestrial Convection by Trophospheric Humidyty, and Implications for Other Planets

Anthony Del Genio
6:30               Group dinner
Thursday June 27:

Session VI: Looking to the future
9:00–9:30         Invited talk – Future Earth Observations – S. Boland (given by D. Crisp)
9:30–10:00       Invited talk Looking to the Future: the rest of the planets H. Hammel
10:00–10:30     Break
10:30–12:30 Plenary discussion: Where do we go from here?

This session included a discussion of the challenges facing atmospheric analysis and modeling efforts and some next steps forward to continue the dialogue across disciplines. Funding was identified as a prime difficulty, with declining budgets limiting the spacecraft missions available to acquire the needed data in each discipline. There was much discussion about cross-disciplinary/coalition approaches to mission lines. In addition, funding barriers have also existed for performing in depth research and modeling for comparative atmospheric studies across disciplines. However, there is strong international scientific interest, and efforts should continue until a critical mass can be reached, highlighting the scientific importance of collaborative work.

12:30   Adjourn

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