6A: Fundamentals in Atmospheric Chemistry and Aerosol Modeling Workshop, August 2018

The ACOM-led “Fundamentals in Atmospheric Chemistry and Aerosol Modeling” workshop took place from August 13-15, 2018, and provided a comprehensive course on the fundamentals of atmospheric chemistry and aerosol modeling. It also served as a venue for students to interact with leading experts in the field of atmospheric modeling. The diverse group of 80 participants included Ph.D. students, postdocs, early career faculty, and researchers with a general background in atmospheric chemistry, modeling or observations. In contrast to traditional modeling workshops the goal of this workshop, as the first of its kind, was to teach the science behind atmospheric modeling independent of a particular model or scale. Highly renowned atmospheric scientists from the university community and from across NCAR gave plenary and specific lectures. The workshop included interactive exercises in smaller breakout groups that encouraged participants to explore a specific research question and apply knowledge gained during the lectures to answer the identified science question. Additional highlights of the workshop were the showing of a documentary about the ozone hole with follow-on discussions led by Guy Brasseur (ACOM) and Susan Solomon (MIT) on lessons learned and parallels of the ozone hole problem and climate change, and an insightful presentation on the career of an atmospheric chemist by Tracey Holloway (U Wisconsin). This unique workshop was highly rated by the participants. With increasing needs for coupling models across scales, this workshop provided the fundamentals needed to tackle new problems and educated the next generation of modelers. This workshop was nominated for the UCAR Outstanding Accomplishment Award for Education and Outreach. Lectures of this workshop are uploaded on this website: https://www2.acom.ucar.edu/workshop/fundamentals-atmospheric-chemistry-a...

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Figure 1. Workshop Picture of Participants and Lecturers. Click for larger image.