DescriptionThis Symposium will be conducted on Saturday 14 (afternoon) and Sunday 15 (Morning).;;The leading scientists from US, Europe, and KSA will talk about most compelling environmental and climate problems.;;Among the invitees are the Director of the NOAA Geophysicical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory prof. Ramaswamy, the Director of Rossby Center in Sweden, Prof. Colin Jones, Prof. Hans F Graf from Cambridge University, Dr. Kenneth Pickering from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Prof. Javier Diez from Rutgers University, US and Prof. Mansour Almazroui, Director, Centre of Excellence for Climate Change Research, King Abdulaziz University.
Colin Jones is Head of The Rossby Centre at the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI), with ~20 years experience in climate modeling, with a particular emphasis on atmospheric parameterizations. He was previously Director of the Canadian Regional Climate Modeling Network and Professor at the University of Quebec and has worked in climate research in both the UK and USA. He is co-chair of the WCRP Task-Force on Regional Climate Downscaling, which leads the CORDEX project. He is a member of the WCRP Working Group on Coupled Modeling and is a member of the EC-Earth International Steering Group. He received a PhD in Atmospheric Sciences in 1994 from the University of East Anglia, UK and holds a degree in Geophysical Sciences from the same university. He coordinates a new European Union FP7 large-scale integrating project; EMBRACE (Earth System Model Bias Reduction and Abrupt Climate Change) targeting the improvement of key physical and biogeochemical processes in 5 leading European Earth System Models.
Dr. Georgiy Stenchikov is Professor in the Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering and chair of the Earth Sciences and Engineering Program at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia. He graduated from the Moscow Physical Technical Institute from where he also obtained his Ph.D. and habilitation in 1977 and 1989, respectively. He conducted interdisciplinary studies in the broad field of climate modeling, atmospheric physics, and environmental sciences and published on the effects of severe thunderstorms on chemical balances in the troposphere, stratosphere-troposphere exchange, aerosol radiative forcing, stretched-grid general circulation modeling, climate downscaling using regional models, and impacts of explosive volcanic eruptions on the climate.
Professor for Environmental Systems Analysis, University of Cambridge, UK 10/2003-present Fellow of Clare Hall, 2003 - present Deputy Director, Atmosphere Department at MPI-Meteorology, 2000-2003 Senior Scientist and Groupleader, Max-Planck-Institute for Meteorology Hamburg, Germany 1991- 2003 Privatdozent, Geosciences, University Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany, 1991- 2003 Scientific Assistant (tenured), Meteorological Institute, Humboldt-University, Berlin, 1979-1990 Industrial Meteorologist, Kombinat Kraftwerksanlagenbau, Berlin, Germany, 1978-1979 Scientific Assistant, Division of Physics, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, 1974-1978
Javier Diez Rutgers
Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace engineering Faculty of Thermal Sciences, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, The State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, NJ, USA Research Experience: Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Michigan, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Michigan , Graduate Student Research Assistant, University of Michigan, Invited Scientist, Sandia National laboratories, Livermore, CA, Graduate Researcher, Saint Louis University, Research under the NASA-JOVE program, Saint Louis University Professional Affiliation: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), American Physical Society (APS), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Kenneth E. Pickering
Dr. Pickering is an atmospheric scientist employed by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and works in the Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics Laboratory, where he is involved in many modeling and analysis activities. Dr. Pickering’s research focuses on the atmospheric chemistry, transport, and climate effects of tropospheric ozone and its precursors. Dr. Pickering applies data from the Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) onboard NASA’s Aura satellite for analysis of air quality and production of NOx by lightning, and he directs regional air quality modeling simulations using the CMAQ and WRF-Chem models. Dr. Pickering is also Project Scientist for the NASA DISCOVER-AQ (Deriving Information on Surface Conditions from Column and Vertically-Resolved Observations Relevant to Air Quality) project under which major field experiments are conducted to better understand the linkage between atmospheric trace gas observations from space and surface air quality. He leads other projects aimed at evaluating convective transport in NASA’s global chemical transport model (GMI) and chemistry and climate model (GEOS-5 CCM). Dr. Pickering is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science (AOSC) at the University of Maryland where he advises graduate student research and collaborates with other faculty members. From 1994 to 2005, Dr. Pickering was a research faculty member in AOSC at the University of Maryland, where he conducted model development and applications on scales ranging from individual convective clouds to regional and global domains. From 1988 to 1994, Dr. Pickering worked for research organizations on-site at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. From 1976 to 1984, he performed air quality modeling for GEOMET, Inc. in Rockville, MD. Dr. Pickering received his Ph. D. in Meteorology from the University of Maryland in 1987, a MS in Atmospheric Science from the State University of New York at Albany in 1975 and a BS in Meteorology from Rutgers University in 1973.
Dr. Almazroui is the Director of the Center of Excellence for Climate Change Research and the Head of the Department of Meteorology at the Faculty of Meteorology, Environment and Arid Land Agriculture at King Abdulaziz University (KAU), Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Dr. Almazroui is also an associate fellow in the CRU (Climatic Research Unit), University of East Anglia, England. He obtained his B.Sc. in 1991 and Master Degree in 1998 from the Department of Meteorology, KAU. He obtained his Ph.D. from CRU in 2006. The title of his Ph.D. thesis was “The relationships between atmospheric circulation patterns and surface climatic elements in Saudi Arabia”. Beside lecturing, he is the Departmental head of the Academic Accreditation Committee and the Faculty head of the Internet Committee. The research interests of Dr. Almazroui focus on climate variability and climate change and their effect on the environment, the water resources and the agriculture. He is interested in detecting climate change signals and projecting future climate change in the Middle East using the state-of-the-art Global Climate Models (GCMs) and the Regional Climate Models (RCMs). During his previous studies, he has studied the large-scale climatic circulation patterns affecting the local climate elements and extremes in Saudi Arabia and their relationship with large-scale teleconnections (NAO & ENSO), as well as quality control of the observed meteorological data. Currently, he is the PI for a project focused on the use of the AR4 GCMs scenarios to monitor drought over the Arabian Peninsula. He is also using RCMs to perform climatic sensitivity studies over Saudi Arabia.
Venkatachalam “Ram” Ramaswamy is Director of the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) located in Princeton (New Jersey). He also holds the rank of Professor in the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Program, Department of Geosciences, and Princeton Environmental Institute at Princeton University. Ram received his doctoral degree from the State University of New York at Albany and was a Fellow in the Advanced Study Program at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder (Colorado) prior to joining GFDL in 1986, where he has been Director since 2008. Ram’s research has focused on atmospheric physics and numerical modeling of the climate system, ranging from understanding of the mechanisms governing forcings and feedbacks in the system to modeling climate variations and change due to greenhouse gases, aerosols and clouds. This has included the use of observations together with models to diagnose the roles of different factors in climate change. Ram has been a Coordinating Lead Author on the Third and Fourth Assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Ozone Assessments and US Global Climate Research Program Assessments. He is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and a recipient of its Henry Houghton Award. He is also a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union. He has received the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Senior Professional and is a two-time recipient of the WMO Norbert-Gerbier MUMM International Award.
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