Call for abstracts: iCACGP-IGAC 2018 on "Atmospheric Chemistry: From Molecules to Global Impacts"
Send in abstracts by 11 April to participate in the 2018 joint 14th Quadrennial iCACGP Symposium and 15th IGAC Science Conference focusing on the atmospheric chemistry.
The 14th Quadrennial Symposium of the international Commission on Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Pollution (iCACGP) and the 15th Science Conference of the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry (IGAC) will jointly take place on 25-29 September 2018, in Takamatsu, Japan. The symposium/conference theme is “Atmospheric Chemistry: From Molecules to Global Impacts.”
The event organizers have announced that they are accepting submissions of abstracts. To learn more about the event or to submit abstracts, see the event website. The deadline for submission is 11 April 2018.
The five-day event will bring together some 500 leading researchers from across the world to share the latest findings on a wide-range of topics in atmospheric chemistry and explore possible directions for solutions towards sustainability. The joint iCACGP-IGAC Symposium/Conference takes place in Japan for the first time in 24 years and it is expected to provide a momentum to promote research in this field in national, regional and global levels. Organized by the IGAC-Japan National Committee, iCACGP and IGAC, the joint iCACGP-IGAC 2018 event will address five major themes:
This session highlights the influence of human activity and emissions on air quality, human exposure, and the resulting health impacts. This includes studies of anthropogenic and biogenic emission sources and their transformations in urban areas, emerging energy sources and their impacts on air quality, urban scale air quality studies (including megacities), indoor air quality and modeling, exposure and health effects studies, and studies that address the interaction of urban air pollution with surrounding rural and regional areas, including tropical and sub-tropical regions.
This session highlights fundamental experimental and theoretical research that underpins our understanding of atmospheric chemistry. This includes studies of gas-phase kinetics, photochemistry, heterogeneous chemistry, spectroscopic and thermodynamic properties of gases and particles, chemical mechanism development, and process-level or mechanistic understanding of emissions and deposition processes.
This session highlights the influence of atmospheric chemistry on ecosystems and interactions between atmospheric chemistry and biogeochemical cycles, including carbon, nitrogen, and others. This incorporates studies on surface-atmosphere exchange including biomass burning and dust, and transformations in the background atmosphere such as the remote marine boundary layer, as well as land-use activities such as deforestation, agriculture and food production. The session will also address the influence of these activities on air quality and the role of atmospheric chemistry and air pollution on agriculture and natural systems (e.g. marine, natural vegetation) as well as feedbacks between the atmosphere and ecosystems.
This session highlights the interactions between atmospheric chemistry and weather and climate. This includes studies of chemical forcing of climate and weather comprising aerosol-radiation effects and aerosol-cloud effects, as well as studies of weather or climate affecting natural emissions and atmospheric composition more generally. Studies of atmospheric composition in relation to the Asian monsoon are encouraged.
This session highlights the future of atmospheric chemistry. This includes the development of new approaches, new tools, and new solutions to advancing research in our field and at the intersection with other communities. Key questions posed by this session are: what observations (laboratory, in situ field, and satellite based remote sensing) are needed over what time scales (campaign to long term) to advance our understanding of atmospheric chemistry? How can new measurements best be used by models? What new modeling and analysis techniques will help advance our science? How can we expand the evidence base needed for policy-making?
The joint iCACGP-IGAC 2018 Symposium/Conference will invite as a special guest speaker Prof. Yuan Tseh Lee, the President Emeritus and Distinguished Research Fellow, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, a Nobel Laureate in Chemistry and the former President of the International Council for Science (ICSU). He also directed much of his attention to the advancement of international scientific developments and to the promotion of general public affairs.
“It is very exciting that Prof. Lee will give the special guest address at iCACGP-IGAC 2018,” said Fumiko Kasuga, Future Earth Global Hub Director – Japan. “As the former ICSU President, Prof. Lee is one of key people who gave birth to Future Earth and he formally declared launching of Future Earth at Rio+20. Many people including myself are inspired by his passion for global sustainability. Conference participants will be fascinated by his deep thoughts and concerns on the environment, human society and our future generations.”
iCACGP, also abbreviated CACGP, is a sponsor of IGAC and is one of the Commissions in the International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences (IAMAS). It supports atmospheric chemistry research that contributes to solving the basic societal issues of water supply, food production and human/ecosystem health through an enhanced understanding of the fundamental mechanisms that control atmospheric composition and development of improved predictive capabilities.
IGAC is a Future Earth Global Research Project, facilitating atmospheric chemistry research towards a sustainable world. It is an open international community of scientists engaging in atmospheric chemistry, including air quality, climate change, carbon and nitrogen cycles, impacts on human health and ecosystems. Through its active research collaboration across geographical boundaries and disciplines, the Project aims to address the most pressing global change and sustainability issues.