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Division on Atmospheric Sciences

President: Athanasios Nenes (as@egu.eu)
Deputy President: Annica Ekman (annica@misu.su.se)

Atmospheric Sciences Division is one of the largest divisions in the European Geosciences Union. The research areas covered by division extend from the large-scale dynamical/meteorological processes and systems in the atmosphere (like cyclones and global atmosphere circulation) to the small scale turbulent mixing, they cover the time frame from centuries (in connection with climate research) to seconds (in the context of fast chemistry). Atmospheric Sciences include studies of the atmosphere composition, aerosol and cloud physics, gas-particles interactions and chemical reaction kinetics studied in the labs.

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Obituary: Jón Egill Kristjánsson (1960 – 2016)

Jón Egill Kristjánsson, professor at the Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo, Norway, passed away in a tragic accident on the 14th of August, 2016. Born in Iceland, he moved to Bergen to study meteorology, where obtained his Ph.D. in 1991. After a post-doc at Los Alamos National Laboratory, he returned to Norway in 1993 and joined the University of Oslo, where he remained for the rest of his career. His principal field of research was cloud microphysics, aerosol - cloud interactions, and the optical properties of ice clouds. His contribution to atmospheric sciences includes major advances in the representation of cloud microphysics in climate models, with his co-developed parameterisation schemes being operational in the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) climate model since 2003 and later in the Norwegian Earth System model. He was moreover interested in polar lows and led the prestigious International Polar Year project The Observing System Research and Predictability Experiment (IPY-THORPEX) with several Arctic flight campaigns. The project lead to improved understanding and numerical representation of such explosive lows. In recent years his research path took a turn in the direction of climate geoengineering, with particular involvement in the development of the fields of so-called cirrus cloud thinning and marine cloud brightening.

Over the years Jón Egill became a leading international expert, known for his thorough and careful approach. His long standing high quality contribution to science led to the award of an honorary doctorate at the University of Stockholm in 2013. He enjoyed his extensive international collaborations, in particular with NCAR, where he visited on several occasions. He was dedicated and committed, with tremendous passion for his work, and always ready for a discussion. Jón Egill was greatly respected among the students; for his expertise, enthusiasm and ability to develop young talents into mature researchers.

He will be missed for his wide knowledge and academic leadership, not to mention his quick comments and laughter.

Helene Muri, Matthias Hummel, Joe LaCasce, Brit Lisa Skjelkvåle, Annica Ekman
 

 

Open positions in INAR

There are four open Assistant professor/Associate professor/Professor positions in INAR.

Application Deadline: 28. February 2018

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Cryosphere Atmosphere Interactions (PEEX related)

Global Atmosphere Earth Surface Feedbacks

Air Quality Weather Climate Interactions

Atmospheric Sciences and Physics Biogeochemical Cycles (ICOS)

 

New Master programme launch

The Cyprus Institute Graduate School is launching its newly accredited Master’s Program in Environmental Sciences in Fall 2018.

Application Deadline: 1. March 2018

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Job opening for an NCAR Associate Director - Climate and Global Dynamics (CGD)

NCAR has a job opening for an Associate Director.

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Open position at EMPA

The Laboratory for Air Pollution / Environmental Technology has an opening for a 2-year postdoc or scientist position on Modelling and data analysis of greenhouse gases and their isotopes.

Application Deadline: 20. January 2018

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IEHIA School 

The School on Integrated Environmental Health Impact Assessment on Air Pollution and Climate Change in Mediterranean Areas will take place in Trieste, Italy from 23 - 27 April 2018.

Registration Deadline: 9. January 2018

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Open PhD positions

The Vienna Doctoral School in Physics (VDS-P) has a number of open PhD positions

Application Deadline: 31. December 2017

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Jop opening

The Adlares GmbH in Teltow/Berlin (Germany) has a job opening for a lidar specialist.

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Open PhD position

The Spanish bank La Caixa opened a call for 3-year grants to realize a PhD in Spain.

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SOLAS Summer School

SOLAS has opened the application for the 7th International SOLAS Summer School, 23rd July - 4th August 2018, Cargèse, Corsica, France.

Application Deadline: 15 November 2017

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Joint virtual interview with the presidents of AMS and EGU_AS

"Establishing a career in the atmospheric sciences can be challenging. There are many paths to take and open questions. Fortunately, those paths and questions have been thoroughly explored by members of our community and their experiences can provide guidance. In light of this, last September Ali Hoshyaripour (Early Career Scientists (ECS) representative of the European Geoscience Union’s Atmospheric Sciences division (EGU-AS)) and Monique Kuglitsch (Senior International Outreach/Communications Specialist at the American Meteorological Society (AMS)) collaborated on a virtual interview of the presidents of our organizations: Annica Ekmann (AE) and Fred Carr (FC), respectively, with questions provided by early career scientists. Please find the questions and answers below.”


Questions and answers virtual interview (414.4 KB) .

 

Recent awardees

Johannes Lelieveld

Johannes Lelieveld

  • 2019
  • Vilhelm Bjerknes Medal

The 2019 Vilhelm Bjerknes Medal is awarded to Johannes Lelieveld for eminent and diverse scientific contributions and international leadership in atmospheric research in the Earth system approach, including pioneering studies linking air pollution with health.


Gabriele Messori

Gabriele Messori

  • 2019
  • Division Outstanding Early Career Scientists Awards

The 2019 Division Outstanding Early Career Scientists Awards is awarded to Gabriele Messori for seminal contributions to the understanding of planetary wave-breaking phenomena, atmospheric extreme events and the energetics of the climate system using dynamical systems theory.


Ashish Kumar

Ashish Kumar

  • 2019
  • Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards

The 2019 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards is awarded to Ashish Kumar Speciation of 49 C2-C10 NMHCs during the post-harvest paddy residue fire emission period in the N.W. Indo Gangetic Plain using Thermal Desorption Gas Chromatography Flame Ionization Detection (TD-GC-FID)


Felipe Lobos Roco

Felipe Lobos Roco

  • 2019
  • Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards

The 2019 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards is awarded to Felipe Lobos Roco Evapotranspiration (ET) enhanced by advection in the Atacama Desert, ET-DATA field experiment


Iris Thurnherr

Iris Thurnherr

  • 2019
  • Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards

The 2019 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards is awarded to Iris Thurnherr How air-sea interactions are modulated by synoptic weather systems: a stable water isotope perspective


Katrin Müller

Katrin Müller

  • 2019
  • Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards

The 2019 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards is awarded to Katrin Müller Balloon-borne Tropospheric Ozone Measurements from a New Station in Palau (Tropical West Pacific)


Lejish Vettikkat

Lejish Vettikkat

  • 2019
  • Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards

The 2019 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards is awarded to Lejish Vettikkat Quantification of BVOC emission flux from Swietenia macrophylla King using a Dynamic Branch Cuvette and PTR-MS


Roland Rohloff

Roland Rohloff

  • 2019
  • Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards

The 2019 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards is awarded to Roland Rohloff Measurements of HOx in the outflow of convective systems


Pinhas Alpert

Pinhas Alpert

  • 2018
  • Vilhelm Bjerknes Medal

The 2018 Vilhelm Bjerknes Medal is awarded to Pinhas Alpert for his outstanding contributions to atmospheric dynamics and aerosol science.


Claudia Mohr

Claudia Mohr

  • 2018
  • Division Outstanding Early Career Scientists Awards

The 2018 Division Outstanding Early Career Scientists Awards is awarded to Claudia Mohr for her seminal contributions in instrument development and aerosol-source characterisation.


Carlo Cafaro

Carlo Cafaro

  • 2018
  • Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards

The 2018 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards is awarded to Carlo Cafaro Characteristics of colliding density currents: a numerical and theoretical study


Dan Weaver

Dan Weaver

  • 2018
  • Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards

The 2018 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards is awarded to Dan Weaver Intercomparison of High Arctic satellite water vapour measurements at Ellesmere Island, Nunavut


Evgenia Galytska

Evgenia Galytska

  • 2018
  • Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards

The 2018 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards is awarded to Evgenia Galytska NO2 and O3 changes in tropical mid-stratosphere during 2004-2012 by means of a chemistry-transport model


Hans Brenna

Hans Brenna

  • 2018
  • Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards

The 2018 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards is awarded to Hans Brenna Global ozone depletion and increase of UV radiation caused by pre-industrial tropical volcanic eruptions


Martina Bramberger

Martina Bramberger

  • 2018
  • Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards

The 2018 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards is awarded to Martina Bramberger Turbulence encounter by the research aircraft HALO above Iceland


Simon Warnach

Simon Warnach

  • 2018
  • Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards

The 2018 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards is awarded to Simon Warnach Bromine monoxide measurements in volcanic plumes from S5-P/Tropomi

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The EGU made several exciting announcements in October. Earlier this week we reported that beginning in 2020, the carbon dioxide emissions for the travel of all General Assembly participants will be offset. This represents a first for any major geoscience event and, along with a host of other greening initiatives, marks another important step towards minimising the meeting’s environmental impact.

Earlier this month EGU announced the winners of the 2020 awards and medals: 49 individuals who have made significant contributions to the Earth, planetary and space sciences and who will be honoured at the 2020 EGU General Assembly in May. We also announced the winners of the Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards from the 2019 General Assembly.

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