Welcome from the Chair
Welcome from the Chairman of the 2nd International Electronic Conference on Atmospheric Sciences
You are cordially invited to participate in the 2nd International Electronic Conference on Atmospheric Sciences. Last year this was a new initiative which affords the opportunity for researchers of atmospheric science to present their research and exchange ideas with their colleagues. We take full advantage of the Internet mitigating the need for travel. Feedback from participants of the first conference indicated that they were pleased with this format and would like to see the meeting grow.
For the second electronic conference in atmospheric sciences, the range of topics will remain more general, but we would be open to future meetings or subject areas having a thematic topic of importance. During the last few decades, great strides have been made in all general areas of atmospheric science. We have seen the proliferation of remote sensing technologies and techniques for their use in research and forecasting. We have seen advances in the understanding of synoptic and dynamic meteorology which have improved weather forecasting. Great strides have been made in atmospheric modelling on all scales. Additionally, there have been discoveries on the behavior of smaller-scale systems, especially those that impact human activity, health, and economics. These have inspired techniques for warning people that these events could affect them. The increased understanding of interannual and interdecadal variability in climate has also led to the development of long range forecasting and projection. The conference will be organized around the following five general and related themes.
- Atmospheric Physics: Remote sensing; satellite and RADAR meteorology; water cycles; nowcasting; mesoscale models
- Atmospheric Chemistry: Air quality; atmospheric chemistry; upper atmospheric chemistry;
- Synoptic and Dynamic Meteorology: Forecasting techniques; cyclone and anticyclone development; the jet stream and its behavior; blocking anticyclones; operational meteorology; forecast skills; forecast models
- Regional Climate and Interannual Variability: El Nino; teleconnections; long range prediction and projection; climate modelling; climate change; downscaling techniques
- Tropical Meteorology: tropical storms; atmosphere–ocean interactions; modelling convection; the general circulation
Accepted papers will be published in the proceedings of the conference in MDPI’s online journal, Atmosphere after peer review.
Prof. Dr. Anthony R. Lupo
Chairman of ECAS 2017
Dr. Anthony R. Lupo, is a Professor of Atmospheric Sciences in the Soil, Environmental, and Atmospheric Sciences Department at the University of Missouri. He earned his BS in Meteorology from the State University of New York at Oswego in 1988, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Purdue University in 1991 and 1995, respectively. His research has been in the areas of large-scale atmospheric dynamics, climate dynamics, and climate change including modeling, and he has several peer-reviewed publications in each of these areas. Additionally, he edited and contributed to the book Recent Hurricane Research: Climate, Dynamics, and Societal Impacts (published in 2011), and in 2014 and 2015, he was the Lead Guest Editor of the publication Advances in Meteorology Special Issue: Large-Scale Dynamics, Anomalous Flows, and Teleconnections. He has been a member of the American Meteorological Society since 1987 (Certified Consulting Meteorologist #660), and the National Weather Association since 1998. He was a Fulbright Scholar during the summer of 2004 to Russia, studying climate change at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow. He won a second Fulbright to teach and research at Belgorod State University in Russia for 2014–2015. Additionally, he has served as an expert reviewer and/or contributing author to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) (sponsored by the United Nations, World Meteorological Organization) and The Report of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) (sponsored by the Heartland Institute) Assessment Reports. The members of the IPCC shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. His other professional associations include the Royal Meteorological Society (Fellow), American Geophysical Union, Sigma Xi, Gamma Sigma Delta, Phi Kappa Phi, and the Missouri Academy of Science (Fellow). He has won awards for teaching and advising at the University of Missouri, including the College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Senior Teaching Award (2006), the Outstanding Undergraduate Advisor Award (April 2008), and the University of Missouri Kemper Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching (April 2008). He was awarded the Most Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award by the Missouri Academy of Science (2009), and University of Missouri professor of the year (May, 2010). In Fall 2011, he was chosen to be on the Joint US–Russian Presidents Climate Subgroup of the Science and Technology working group (disbanded in 2014). In October 2013 he was awarded the Outstanding Alum for the year 2013 by the Earth and Atmospheric Science Department at Purdue.
Call for Papers
The 2nd International Electronic Conference on Atmospheric Sciences (ECAS 2017) will be held from 16 to 31 July 2017 online. This event enables the researchers of atmospheric science to present their research and exchange ideas with their colleagues without the need to travel. All proceedings will be published on the conference homepage in open access format.
Through this event, we aim to cover the following topics:
- Atmospheric Physics (Section A)
- Atmospheric Chemistry (Section B)
- Synoptic and Dynamic Meteorology (Section C)
- Climate and Interannual Variability (Section D)
- Tropical Meteorology (Section E)
The conference will be completely free of charge—both to attend and for scholars to upload and present their latest work on the conference platform. There will also be the possibility to submit selected papers to the journal Atmosphere (ISSN 2073-4433; Impact Factor: 1.487 (JCR 2016); 5-Year Impact Factor: 1.793 (JCR 2016)) with a 20% discount on the APCs; ECAS 2017 offers you the opportunity to participate in this international, scholarly conference without having the concern or expenditure of travel — all you need is your computer and access to the Internet. We would like to invite you to “attend” this conference and present your latest work.
Abstracts (in English) should be submitted by 20 June 2017 online at http://www.sciforum.net/login. For accepted abstracts, the full paper can be submitted by 1 July 2017. The conference itself will be held 16–31 July 2017.
We hope you will be able to join this exciting event and support us in making it a success. ECAS 2017 is organized and sponsored by MDPI, a scholarly open access publisher based in Basel, Switzerland.
Paper Submission Guidelines
For information about the submission procedure and preparation of a full presentation, please refer to the "Instructions for Authors".
Instructions for Authors
- Scholars interested in participating with the conference can submit their abstract (about 150-300 words covering the areas of manuscripts for the proceedings issue) online on this website until 20 June 2017.
- The Conference Committee will pre-evaluate, based on the submitted abstract, whether a contribution from the authors of the abstract will be welcome for the ECAS 2017. All authors will be notified by 20 June 2017 about the acceptance of their abstract.
- If the abstract is accepted for this conference, the author is asked to submit his/her manuscript, optionally along with a PowerPoint (only PDF) and/or video presentation of his/her paper, until the submission deadline of 1 July 2017.
- The manuscripts and presentations will be available on ECAS 2017 homepage for discussion and rating during the time of the conference 16-31 July 2017.
- Accepted papers will be published in the proceedings of the conference and journal Atmosphere will publish the proceedings of the conference as a Special Issue. After the conference, the authors are recommended to submit an extended version of the proceeding papers to the Atmosphere Special issue with 20% discount on the APC.
Manuscripts for the proceedings issue must have the following organization:
- Full author names
- Affiliations (including full postal address) and authors' e-mail addresses
- Results and Discussion
Manuscripts should be prepared in MS Word and should be converted to the PDF format before submission. The publication format will be PDF. There is no page limit on the length, although authors are asked to keep their papers as concise as possible.
Authors must use the Microsoft Word template to prepare their manuscript. Using the template file will substantially shorten the time to complete copy-editing and publication of accepted manuscripts. Manuscript prepared in MS Word must be converted into a single file before submission. Please do not insert any graphics (schemes, figures, etc.) into a movable frame which can superimpose the text and make the layout very difficult.
- Paper Format: A4 paper format, the printing area is 17.5 cm x 26.2 cm. The margins should be 1.75 cm on each side of the paper (top, bottom, left, and right sides).
- Formatting / Style: Papers should be prepared following the style of ECAS 2017 template. The full titles and the cited papers must be given. Reference numbers should be placed in square brackets [ ], and placed before the punctuation; for example  or [1-3], and all the references should be listed separately and as the last section at the end of the manuscript.
- Authors List and Affiliation Format: Authors' full first and last names must be given. Abbreviated middle name can be added. For papers written by various contributors a corresponding author must be designated. The PubMed/MEDLINE format is used for affiliations: complete street address information including city, zip code, state/province, country, and email address should be added. All authors who contributed significantly to the manuscript (including writing a section) should be listed on the first page of the manuscript, below the title of the article. Other parties, who provided only minor contributions, should be listed under Acknowledgments only. A minor contribution might be a discussion with the author, reading through the draft of the manuscript, or performing English corrections.
- Figures, Schemes and Tables: Authors are encouraged to prepare figures and schemes in color. Full color graphics will be published free of charge. Figure and schemes must be numbered (Figure 1, Scheme I, Figure 2, Scheme II, etc.) and a explanatory title must be added. Tables should be inserted into the main text, and numbers and titles for all tables supplied. All table columns should have an explanatory heading. Please supply legends for all figures, schemes and tables. The legends should be prepared as a separate paragraph of the main text and placed in the main text before a table, a figure or a scheme.
For further inquiries please contact the Conference Secretariat.
Authors are encouraged to prepare a presentation in PowerPoint, to be displayed online along with the Manuscript. Slides, if available, will be displayed directly in the website using Sciforum.net's proprietary slides viewer. Slides can be prepared in exactly the same way as for any traditional conference where research results can be presented. Slides should be converted to the PDF format before submission so that our process can easily and automatically convert them for online displaying.
Authors are also encouraged to submit video presentations. The video will be uploaded to Youtube, as well as onto Sciforum. The video should be no longer than 20 minutes and be prepared with the following formats,
The video should be submitted via email before 10 July 2017.
Posters will be available on this conference website during and after the event. Like papers presented on the conference, participants will be able to ask questions and make comments about the posters. Posters that are submitted without paper will not be included in the proceedings of the conference.
It is the authors' responsibility to identify and declare any personal circumstances or interests that may be perceived as inappropriately influencing the representation or interpretation of clinical research. If there is no conflict, please state here "The authors declare no conflict of interest." This should be conveyed in a separate "Conflict of Interest" statement preceding the "Acknowledgments" and "References" sections at the end of the manuscript. Financial support for the study must be fully disclosed under "Acknowledgments" section. It is the authors' responsibility to identify and declare any personal circumstances or interests that may be perceived as inappropriately influencing the representation or interpretation of clinical research. If there is no conflict, please state here "The authors declare no conflict of interest." This should be conveyed in a separate "Conflict of Interest" statement preceding the "Acknowledgments" and "References" sections at the end of the manuscript. Financial support for the study must be fully disclosed under "Acknowledgments" section.Copyright
MDPI AG, the publisher of the Sciforum.net platform, is an open access publisher. We believe that authors should retain the copyright to their scholarly works. Hence, by submitting a Communication paper to this conference, you retain the copyright of your paper, but you grant MDPI AG the non-exclusive right to publish this paper online on the Sciforum.net platform. This means you can easily submit your paper to any scientific journal at a later stage and transfer the copyright to its publisher (if required by that publisher).
List of accepted submissions (26)
An overview of statistical methods for studying the extreme rainfalls in Mediterranean.
Submitted: 30 May 2017
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Extreme rainfall is one of the most devastating natural events. The frequency and intensity of these events has increased. This trend will likely continue as the effects of climate change become more pronounced. As a consequence, it is necessary to evaluate the different statistical methods that assess the occurrence of the extreme rainfalls. This research evaluates some of the most important statistical methods that are used for the analysis of the extreme precipitation events. Extreme Value Theory is applied on ten station data located in the Mediterranean region. Furthermore, its two main fundamental approaches (Block-Maxima and POT) and three commonly used methods for the calculation of the extreme distributions parameters (Maximum Likelihood, L-Moments, and Bayesian) are analyzed and compared. The results showed that the Generalized Pareto Distribution provides better theoretical justification to predict extreme precipitation compared to Generalized Extreme Value (GEV) distribution while in the majority of stations the most accurate parameters for the highest precipitation levels are estimated with the Bayesian method. Extreme precipitation for return period of 50, 150 and 300 years were finally obtained which indicated that Generalized Extreme Value Distribution with Bayesian estimator presents the highest return levels for western stations, while for the eastern Mediterranean stations the Generalized Pareto Distribution with Bayesian estimator presents the highest ones.
Atmospheric electricity, geological heterogeneities and hydrogeological processes
Submitted: 08 Jun 2017
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A physical model representation of hydrogen, methane, radon, and elements of surface atmospheric electricity is constructed. Bubble formations of volatile gases capture from the depth of 4-6 m soil radon and carry it into the near-surface layers of the soil and atmosphere. In the process of ionization of atmospheric air, light ions responsible for polar air conduction are formed, and recombination of light ions with neutral condensation nuclei leads to the appearance of heavy ions, which determine the atmospheric electric field. The concentration of ground radon is at least 100 times greater than the radon concentration of the atmosphere. This means that elements of surface atmospheric electricity are extremely sensitive to the density of hydrogen and methane fluxes.
Atmospheric particulate matter variability during 2014 at Buenos Aires city (Argentina) comparing ground-based measurements and satellite data
Submitted: 20 Jun 2017
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Air pollution is a major health environmental risk. In particular, daily exposure to high concentrations of microscopic atmospheric particles (PM10 and PM2.5), is related to increased mortality and morbidity. Many countries are concerned about this issue and have extensive monitoring networks and specific air-quality legislation to establish limit values for PM concentration. In Argentina, very few cities have carried out continuous measurements of air quality. In particular, Buenos Aires city (34.4°S, 58.3°W) has three monitoring stations located at different locations. Buenos Aires and its metropolitan area is the most populated area in the country (12.806.866 inhabitants in 2010 Census). Though ground-based stations provide accurate PM concentration values, they are strongly influenced by local emission sources and do not characterize completely the actual spatial distribution of pollutants in the city. So, this type of monitoring is insufficient to assess the actual level of population exposure. Satellite-based aerosol optical depth (AOD) dataset represent a valid alternative to fill these observational gaps. Several satellites offer AOD products, being the dataset from the MODIS sensors on board TERRA and AQUA (NASA) spacecrafts among the most used for regional air quality studies. In this work, the MODIS 3 Km x 3 Km AOD retrievals for 2014 were employed to evaluate the spatio-temporal variation of atmospheric aerosols over Buenos Aires metropolitan area in a year period. The MODIS dataset was validated using as ground truth the AOD dataset available from the AERONET CEILAP station (34.5°S,58.5°W) (https://aeronet.gsfc.nasa.gov/). In order to evaluate how well satellite data represent surface measurements, the seasonal AOD maps retrieved from MODIS data were compared with PM measurements at the particular locations of ground-based stations. In this way, the spatio-temporal variation during a whole year of atmospheric aerosols over the largest urban area in Argentina was determined.
Changes in Blocking Characteristics During the First Part of the 21st Century.
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Submitted: 19 May 2017
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A global blocking climatology published by this group for events that occurred during the late 20th century examined the comprehensive list of characteristics that included block intensity. In addition to confirming the results of other published climatologies, they found that Northern Hemisphere blocking was stronger than Southern Hemisphere events and winter events are stronger than summer ones. This work also examined the interannual variability of blocking as related to El Nino. Since this time, there is evidence that the occurrence of blocking has increased globally. A comparison of blocking characteristics during the first part of the 21st century to those in the late 20th century shows that the number of blocking events and their duration have increased in the Northern and Southern Hemisphere. The intensity of blocking has decreased by about nine percent in the Northern Hemisphere, but there was little change in the intensity of Southern Hemisphere events. Additionally, there is little or no change in the genesis regions of blocking. An examination of variability related to El Nino and Southern Oscillation reveals that the variability found in the earlier work has reversed. This could either be the result of interdecadal variability or a change in the climate. Additionally, a more detailed investigation of seasonal and regional characteristics are examined.
Changes in Diurnal Temperature and Precipitation Extremes in North Central Region of Nigeria
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Submitted: 19 Jun 2017
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Global warming and changes in precipitation patterns are among the major effects of climate change. In this study, the long-term variability in ambient surface temperature and precipitation were evaluated in the north central region of Nigeria (Abuja, Kogi, Kwara, Niger, and Plateau) using meteorological observations obtained from 1975-2008. Daily precipitation data from synoptic weather stations were carefully quality-controlled using the RClimdex 1.1 developed by Expert Team on Climate Change Detection, Monitoring and Indices (ETCCDMI). The quality-controlled dataset were homogenized using RHtestsV4 and the detected change points were adjusted. Results showed a decrease in cool nights and cool days (TN10P, TX10P), and increasing trend in warm nights and days (TN90P, TX90P). The trend in rainfall is variable compared to changes in temperature. The precipitation indices indicated increasing trend in total annual precipitation (PRCPTOT), and a significant decrease in the number of consecutive wet days (CWD) in this region. In general, regional changes in climate temperature and precipitation extremes were significant (p<0.05) and could result in serious climate induced effects.
"CALL FOR SESSIONS"
The Second International Electronic Conference on Atmospheric Sciences (ECAS 2017) will be held from 16 to 31 July 2017. This event enables researchers of atmospheric science to present their research and exchange ideas with their colleagues without the need to travel. All proceedings will be published on the conference homepage in open access format.
ECAS 2017 is now inviting proposals for sessions to be held at the conference. Anyone specialized in atmospheric sciences with an interest in discussing emerging issues of atmospheric sciences and participating in this online conference is welcome to propose a session.
Proposals will be selected on the basis of merit and the need to create a well-balanced program. Topics covered in this edition may include, but are not limited to:
- Atmospheric Physics
- Atmospheric Chemistry
- Synoptic and Dynamic Meteorology
- Regional Climate and Interannual Variability
- Tropical Meteorology
Session proposals should be submitted to [email protected] before 28 February 2017. Proposals should include the following information,
- The session title
- The names, institutions, and contact details for 1–2 conveners
- A session description up to 250 words
Prof. Dr. Anthony R. Lupo University of Missouri Columbia MO
|Prof. Dr. Luis Gimeno, Facultad de Ciencias de Ourens, Spain||Prof. Dr. Yafei Wang, Chinese Academy of Meteorological Science, China||Prof. Dr. Nicole Mölders, University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA|
Prof. Dr. Igor I. Mokhov, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
Prof. Dr. Patrick Market, University of Missouri-Columbia, USA
About This Conference
About The 2nd International Electronic Conference on Atmospheric Sciences
Through this event, we aim to cover the following topics:
A: Atmospheric Physics
satellite and RADAR meteorology
B: Atmospheric Chemistry
upper atmospheric chemistry
C: Synoptic and Dynamic Meteorology
cyclone and anticyclone development
the jet stream and its behavior
D: Regional Climate and Interannual Variability
long range prediction and projection
E: Tropical Meteorology
the general circulation
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