Joint Seminar: Aerosol and climate interactions: An overview and showcase in China

Aerosol can affect the atmospheric processes in numerous ways by altering the PBL, atmospheric thermodynamics, cloud microphysics and morphology, atmospheric circulation, etc.  While many mechanisms have been proposed under certain constrained conditions, it has been a challenging task to identify, understand and quantify the various effects.  However, substantial and fast progresses in all the fronts have been made in the last decade or so.  Increasing evidences have emerged showing the effects of aerosol on both the climate system and day to day weather are so significant that warrant consideration and accounting for in GCMs and NWPs. Few places are more ideal than China to unravel the complex relationships between weather/climate and aerosol whose loading is strong and types are diverse with strong long-term trends. I will give a brief overview of the major findings we have got over a decade of collaborative studies in China, especially following some major field experiments such as EAST-AIRE (2005), ARM Mobile Facility Deployment in China (2008), EAST-AIRc (2010), EAST-AIRcp (2013-2015), etc.


Zhanqing Li: Ph.D (1991, McGill, Canada), Professor (since 2001) at Dept of Atmos. & Oceanic Sci and ESSIC at University of Maryland, and adjunct professor at Beijing Normal University. He has engaged in wide range of studies concerning climate change, atmospheric physics, terrestrial and atmospheric environment. He developed a suite of remote sensing algorithms products and systems (earth radiation budget, aerosol and cloud parameters, precipitation, fire and emissions, and terrestrial parameters etc.). He has received over 10 awards and honors including the Humboldt Research Award, AGU &AAAS fellow, Yoram J. Kaufman Award, the Head of Public Service Award of Canada, the Alouette Award, etc.  He has published 230 articles & served as an editor of J. Geophy. Res., Adv. in Meteorology, etc.




13:30 h


Bundesstr. 53, room 022/023
Seminar Room 022/023, Ground Floor, Bundesstrasse 53, 20146 Hamburg, Hamburg


Zhanqing Li, Dept of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, University of Maryland, USA; College of Global Chanage and Earth System Sciences, Beijing Normal University, China


Guy Brasseur

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