6A: 2nd Atmospheric Composition and the Asian Monsoon (ACAM) Training School

2nd Atmospheric Composition and the Asian Monsoon (ACAM) Training School – Observations and Modeling of Atmospheric Chemistry and Aerosols in the Asian Monsoon Region

10-12 June 2017

Over 40 students and 9 lecturers attended the 2nd Atmospheric Composition and the Asian Monsoon (ACAM) Training School, which was focused on Observations and Modeling of Atmospheric Chemistry and Aerosols in the Asian Monsoon Region, at Jinan University in Guangzhou, China. Specific goals of the training school were to (i) provide training of early career scientists on research topics relevant to ACAM, (ii) create a network of ACAM early career scientists, and (iii) provide resources for improving their science and communication skills.

Figure 1. Host: Jinan University, Guangzhou, China
Figure 1. Host: Jinan University, Guangzhou, China.

Lecturers at the school presented theory and practical information on their expertise, ranging from satellite remote sensing to aircraft observations to analysis of long-term datasets to global and regional modeling of trace gases, aerosols, and meteorological parameters in the Asian monsoon region. Dr. Tianjun Zhou (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China) presented two overview lectures on the Asian monsoon, associated air-sea interactions, and the role of anthropogenic activity on Asian monsoon circulation and rainfall variability. Jessica Neu (JPL/CalTech, USA) and Ritesh Gautam (EDF, USA) discussed satellite measurements and retrieval techniques of atmospheric composition, while Elliot Atlas (U. Miami, USA) and Sachin Ghude (IITM, India) presented methods for sampling trace gases from aircraft and ground-based instruments. Chiara Cagnazzo (ISAC, Italy), Federico Fierli (ISAC, Italy), Mian Chin (NASA/GSFC, USA), and Mary Barth (NCAR, USA) discussed global and regional scale modeling, transport processes and analysis of trace gases and aerosols in relation to the Asian region. Sachin Ghude also discussed emissions inventories and their evaluation.

A highlight of the school was the “Science and Communication Café”, at which three topics were addressed. The first was a discussion and exercise on communicating science with the general public in the form of a press release. Participants were exposed to methods for effectively translating research findings into non-technical, jargon-free language. The second topic discussed the organization of slides for oral presentations, for instance discussing the importance of finishing a presentation with the summary/conclusion slide as the last slide, so that the audience can view the main points of the presentation during the question and answer period. The third topic was an exercise of creating a “science elevator speech”, a clear, brief message about a research finding and its significance to society. These were all interactive exercises with group presentations of press releases by the participants.

Other activities occurring during the training school were group tasks to propose an aircraft field campaign based on a topic relevant to ACAM, determine the type of instruments needed to address the objectives of the field campaign, and the modeling framework to forecast and analyze field campaign data. These activities created a collegial camaraderie among the participants and lecturers. The participants were enthusiastic about the interactive activities, suggesting that more time be spent on the practical exercises. This training school significantly benefitted from the support of many sponsors as well as the outstanding support from local student volunteers at Jinan University, which the participants were grateful for.

The lectures have been posted at the ACAM 2nd Training School website, which is available to reach out to a broader audience. The ACAM Training Working Group web page also contains information on other training schools and resources associated with the ACAM topic.

Figure 2. 2nd ACAM Training School Participants.
Figure 2. 2nd ACAM Training School Participants.


Mary Barth, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado, USA Ritesh Gautam, Environmental Defense Fund, Washington, DC, USA Federico Fierli, Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, Rome, Italy Xuemei Wang, Jinan University, China

Funding Institutions

China Association for Science and Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Forschungszentrum Jülich, IAMAS, iCACGP, IUGG/UGGI, Jinan University, LAGEO, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, NASA, Picarro, SPARC, WCRP

Participants (List of Countries)

Bangladesh, China, India, Nepal, Norway, Pakistan, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, and Vietnam

Lecturers: China, India, Italy, and United States