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Division on Atmospheric Sciences (AS)

President: Annica Ekman,
Deputy President: Oksana Tarasova,

Atmospheric Sciences Division is one of the largest divisions in the European Geosciences Union. The research areas covered by division extend from the large-scale dynamical/meteorological processes and systems in the atmosphere (like cyclones and global atmosphere circulation) to the small scale turbulent mixing, they cover the time frame from centuries (in connection with climate research) to seconds (in the context of fast chemistry). Atmospheric Sciences include studies of the atmosphere composition, aerosol and cloud physics, gas-particles interactions and chemical reaction kinetics studied in the labs.


Obituary: Karin Labitzke (1935 – 2015)

Karin Labitzke, retired Professor in Meteorology at the Freie Universität Berlin (FUB) has passed away on the 15th of November 2015 at the age of 80 years. Karin Labitzke received the EGU Vilhelm Bjerknes medal in 2011 in recognition of her fundamental achievements in the observational study of the stratosphere and mesosphere. Through her methodological approach, where she used observations to identify previously unknown phenomena, she made many important contributions to increase our understanding of the stratosphere and mesosphere and highlighted the importance of the stratosphere for weather and climate. Altogether, the research activities of Karin Labitzke can be found in more than 250 publications as well as in the book The Stratosphere which she wrote together with her colleague and close friend Harry van Loon.

From 1970 to her retirement in 2000, Karin Labitzke was the leader of the stratospheric research group at FUB. Besides her own research, Karin Labitzke was an engaged committee member, among others she led the Committee on Space Research, was part of the Scientific Committee of Solar and Terrestrial Physics as well as member of the German Advisory Council on Global Change. Between 1991 and 1993, she was the first female chair of the German Meteorological Society. During her term she successfully reunified the two German societies. By effective third-party fundraising Karin Labitzke attracted many young scientists whom she supported with a great deal of enthusiasm. She served as a role-model for female scientists which resulted in a constant high proportion of women in her group. Many people knew and appreciated Karin Labitzke as a colleague, teacher, mentor, and friend and the memories of her will be highly cherished.

Annica Ekman, Katja Matthes and Ulrike Langematz

Open Position

4 Postdoctoral Positions in Cloud Processes, Modeling, and Remote Sensing

The Environmental and Climate Sciences Department ( at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) invites applications for four Postdoctoral Research Associate positions. The successful candidates will join the Cloud Processes Group ( that is recognized for its state of the art observational and modeling studies of the microphysical and dynamical processes that impact the lifecycle of clouds and convection, with the aim of improving their representation in climate models and increase our ability to understand and project global change.

Review of applications begins immediately. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. The initial appointment will be one year, with a conditional extension for one or two years.

See the links below for full position descriptions, specific position requirements, and to submit your application. (Only apply to the position most closely aligned with your interests, as the application can be applied to all positions.)

* Examine the processes that drive the lifecycle of shallow clouds, their interaction with the environment and/or deep convection using observations and/or modeling:

* Determine the physical reason for cloud simulation deficiencies through analysis of cloud-related observations, and high-resolution and/or large-scale model fields:

* Improve shallow convection parameterization schemes by combining ground-based observations, forward instrument simulators and high-resolution model output from cloud-resolving models:

* Improve convective climate-cloud parameterization schemes through the use of cloud radar and scanning weather radars using forward instrument simulators and spectral bin microphysics model outputs from the Weather Research and Forecasting model:

BNL is located on Long Island, NY, about 60 miles outside New York City, and is an equal opportunity employer.

DCMIP-2016 Workshop and summer school

The Dynamical Core Model Intercomparison Project 2016 will take place from 6-17 June 2016 at National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado, USA.

Deadline for applications is 14 March 2016.

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SESAC2 International School

The second International School on Atmospheric Chemistry will take place from 19-30 October 2015 in Shanghai, China.

Deadline for applications is 15 July 2015.

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Open Position

A position as an Associate Research Fellow for characterisation of aerosol-radiation-interactions and representation of aerosols in numerical weather prediction and climate models at University of Exeter is open.

Deadline for applications is 19 July 2015.

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Open doctoral position

A fully funded 3-year PhD position is currently available at the Ion Molecule Reactions & Environmental Physics group of the Institute of Ion Physics and Applied Physics at the University of Innsbruck, Austria.

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ARM Summer Training in Oklahoma

The first ARM Summer Training will be held in Oklahoma, USA, from 15-24 July.

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Call for letters of intent

The Doctoral Programme in Atmospheric Sciences (ATM-DP) at the University of Helsinki calls
for LETTERS OF INTENT FOR DOCTORAL STUDIES in order to bring prospective doctoral candidates with strong academic record into contact with ATM-DP supervisors.

ATM-DP Call for Letters of Intent.pdf (279.0 KB)

Open Position

A PhD position at the Chemical Engineering Department at Texas A&M University in Qatar and Environmental Science Department, Aarhus University, Denmark (PhD enrolment) is open.

PhD_Announcement 2015_Qatar_Denmark.pdf (89.0 KB)

PANDA Summer School 2015

The PANDA Summer School on "Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere, Emissions, and Modeling will take place from 23-29 August 2015 at the Institute of Environmental Physics (IUP), University of Bremen, Germany. 

Deadline for applications is 1 March 2015.

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EWACC Summer School 2015

The EWACC Summer School on the topic of Energy, Water and Climate Change will take place frome June 8 to June 14 2015 in Cyprus.

Deadline for applications is 15 March 2015.

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Open Position

A PhD position at the Institute for Aerosol Physics and Environmetal Physics at University of Vienna is open.

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Open Position

A position as a researcher/Post Doc (2 years) in the field of air pollution modelling is open at MET Norway (Oslo).

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ERCA 2015

The European Research Course on Atmospheres (ERCA) will take place in Grenoble, France, from January 7 to February 6, 2015.

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Utrecht Summer School 2014

The Utrecht Summer School on "Physics on the Climate System" will take place in Utrecht, The Netherlands, from 18-29 August 2014.

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Tephra Workshop 2014

The workshop "Tephra 2014 - Maximizing the potential of tephra for multidisciplinary science will take place at Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, USA, from 3-7 August 2014.

Deadline for applications and abstracts is 15 April 2014.

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ITaRS Summer School 2014

The ITaRS Summer School on "Clouds and Precipitation: Observation and Processes" will take place at Research Center Jülich, Germany, from 8-17 September 2014.

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European Nowcasting Conference 2014

The "European Nowcasting Conference" will be held in Vienna, austria, from 29-30 April 2014.

This conference is organized in the frame of EUMETNET (European Meteorological Network) which includes an activity dedicated to Nowcasting. This activity started in January 2013, is coordinated by ZAMG and counts 23 members plus additional contributors.

It aims to provide a comprehensive overview of
(1) nowcasting systems and techniques in use,
(2) observations and NWP,
(3) verification and societal/economic impacts and
(4) application and user aspects.

During the European Nowcasting Conference four sessions will be devoted to these four aspects of Nowcasting. In each session there will be room for discussions and also in the end of the conference.

The deadline for the receipt of title of presentation and the according number of session (1, 2, 3 or 4) is 28 February 2014. Please send the information via e-mail to and

The time available for 1 presentation is 15 minutes.

The European Geosciences Union (EGU) will take place in Vienna in the same week, but there will be no overlap in time between the EGU Nowcasting session (AS1.3; see and the European Nowcasting Conference.

Research Awards for Young Scientists and Engineers 2014

The Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization with its headquarters in Vienna is the international organization setting up the global verification system foreseen under the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), which is the Treaty banning any nuclear weapon test explosion or any other nuclear explosions. The Treaty provides for a global verification regime, including the International Monitoring System network of 321 stations worldwide, a communication system, an International Data Centre and on-site inspections to monitor compliance.
We seek to recruit a highly qualified candidate for the following position in the Commission’s Provisional Technical Secretariat:
Research Awards for Young Scientists and Engineers

Date of Issuance: 09-Dec-2013
Deadline Date: 17-Jan-2014

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Seventh International Symposium on Non-CO2 Greenhouse Gases (NCGG7)

The Seventh International Symposium on Non-CO2 Greenhouse Gases (NCGG7) will take place in Amsterdam, Netherlands, from 5-7 November 2014.

Submission deadline is 1 February 2014.

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GLAC 2014 - Global Space Applications Conference

The Global Space Applications Conference (GLAC), co-organized by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF and UNESCO will be held in Paris, France, from 2-4 June 2014.

The deadline for abstracts is extended to 16 December 2014.

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CCMI Workshop 2014

The CCMI Workshop on the "IGAC/SPARC Chemistry-Climate Model Initiative will take place at Lancaster University, UK, from 20-22 May 2014.

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iLeaps 4th Science conference

The iLeaps 4th Science conference on "Terrestrial ecosystems, atmospheres, and people in the Earth system" will take place in Nanjing, China from 12-16 May 2014.
The call for abstracts is now open.

Submission deadline is 31 January 2014.

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GEIA Conference

The GEIA Conference on "Bridging Emissions Science and Policy" will take place in Boulder, Colorado, USA, from 10-11 June 2014.
The call for abstracts is now open.

Submission deadline is 17 January 2014. 

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SCAR Open Science Conference

The SCAR Open Science Conference will take place in Auckland, New Zealand,  from 25-29 August 2014.
You are cordially invited to submit an abstract to the session "Dynamical and chemical atmosphere-sea-ice-ocean coupling involving the southern Ocean".

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iCACGP/IGAC-2014 Symposium/Conference

The joint 13th Quadrennial iCACGP Symposium and 13th IGAC Science Conference will take place in Natal, Brazil, from 22-26 September 2014.
Second call for papers.

Submission deadline is 15 March 2014.

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CSIRO OCE Postdoctoral Fellowship - Australian emissions of synthetic greenhouse gases

CSIRO Office of the Chief Executive Postdoctoral fellowship position at CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research in Aspendale, Melbourne, Australia.

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Delft Technology Fellowship

The Delft Technology Fellowship offers high-profile, tenure-track positions to top female scientists in research fields in which Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is active.

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ACTRIS Winter School 2014

The Winter school on "Advanced Analysis of Atmospheric Processes and Feedbacks and Atmosphere-Biosphere Interactions" will take place at the Hyytiälä Forestry Field Station in Southern Finland from 10-21 March 2014.

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ACTRIS Winter School 2014

The Winter School on "Atmospheric Aerosol Physics, Measurements, and Sampling Techniques" will take place at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India, from 13-16 January 2014.

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The international symposium on "Modern Principles for Air Monitoring and Biomonitoring" will take place in Marseille, France,  from 15-19 June 2014.

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WWOSC 2014

The first World Weather Open Science Conference (WWOSC 2014 - The weather: what’s the outlook?) will be held in Montréal, Canada, from 16 to 21 August 2014.

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AMS annual meeting

The AMS annual meeting on "Extreme Weather-Climate and the Built Environment: New perspectives, opportunities, and tools" will take place from 2-6 February 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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International Workshop on Sand-Duststorms and Associated Dustfall

The International Workshop on Sand-Duststorms and Associated Dustfall will take place from 2-4 December in Frascati, Italy.

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13th Quadrennial iCACGP Symposium/13th IGAC Science Conference

The joint 13th Quadrennial iCACGP Symposium/13th IGAC Science Conference will take place from 22-26 September 2013 in Natal, Brazil.

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Summer School 2013 on Aerosol Remote Sensing, Processes & Applications

The Summer School 2013 on Aerosol Remote Sensing, Processes & Applications will take place from 23 September - 4 October in Bucharest, Romania.

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ESA calls for Sentinal-4/-5 Mission Advisory Group

In accordance with the continuing development of the Sentinel-4 and Sentinel-5 missions for Europe’s GMES initiative, ESA is re-establishing the Mission Advisory Group. The Agency invites members of the Earth observation user community with relevant experience, and representatives of related user institutions to apply for membership.

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Current issue of the EGU newsletter

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In July, the EGU launched a call for candidates for the next EGU Treasurer and Division Presidents. Until 15 September, you are welcome and encouraged to nominate yourself using the form on the EGU website.

EGU, through Copernicus Meetings, has also launched the call for EGU 2017 General Assembly session proposals in the past month. Please submit your session proposals online by 9 September.

July was also a particularly busy month on the EGU blogs. We are revamping the EGU blog network and have launched a call for new bloggers to join us (deadline 8 August). In addition, three new blogs joined the EGU division blogs: Earth and Space Science Informatics, Planetary Sciences, and Tectonics and Structural Geology. Find out more at

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