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President: Annica Ekman, as@egu.eu
Deputy President: Oksana Tarasova, otarasova@wmo.int

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.

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Obituary: Jón Egill Kristjánsson (1960 – 2016)

Jón Egill Kristjánsson, professor at the Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo, Norway, passed away in a tragic accident on the 14th of August, 2016. Born in Iceland, he moved to Bergen to study meteorology, where obtained his Ph.D. in 1991. After a post-doc at Los Alamos National Laboratory, he returned to Norway in 1993 and joined the University of Oslo, where he remained for the rest of his career. His principal field of research was cloud microphysics, aerosol - cloud interactions, and the optical properties of ice clouds. His contribution to atmospheric sciences includes major advances in the representation of cloud microphysics in climate models, with his co-developed parameterisation schemes being operational in the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) climate model since 2003 and later in the Norwegian Earth System model. He was moreover interested in polar lows and led the prestigious International Polar Year project The Observing System Research and Predictability Experiment (IPY-THORPEX) with several Arctic flight campaigns. The project lead to improved understanding and numerical representation of such explosive lows. In recent years his research path took a turn in the direction of climate geoengineering, with particular involvement in the development of the fields of so-called cirrus cloud thinning and marine cloud brightening.

Over the years Jón Egill became a leading international expert, known for his thorough and careful approach. His long standing high quality contribution to science led to the award of an honorary doctorate at the University of Stockholm in 2013. He enjoyed his extensive international collaborations, in particular with NCAR, where he visited on several occasions. He was dedicated and committed, with tremendous passion for his work, and always ready for a discussion. Jón Egill was greatly respected among the students; for his expertise, enthusiasm and ability to develop young talents into mature researchers.

He will be missed for his wide knowledge and academic leadership, not to mention his quick comments and laughter.

Helene Muri, Matthias Hummel, Joe LaCasce, Brit Lisa Skjelkvåle, Annica Ekman
 

 

Open post-doc position in atmospheric dynamics

A post doc position is available focusing on the variability of the lower atmosphere and turbulence in a coastal area
observed by a Doppler wind lidar.
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Open post-doc position in atmopsheric chemistry

A post-doc position is available in the frame of Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service.
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Joint virtual interview with the presidents of AMS and EGU_AS

"Establishing a career in the atmospheric sciences can be challenging. There are many paths to take and open questions. Fortunately, those paths and questions have been thoroughly explored by members of our community and their experiences can provide guidance. In light of this, last September Ali Hoshyaripour (Early Career Scientists (ECS) representative of the European Geoscience Union’s Atmospheric Sciences division (EGU-AS)) and Monique Kuglitsch (Senior International Outreach/Communications Specialist at the American Meteorological Society (AMS)) collaborated on a virtual interview of the presidents of our organizations: Annica Ekmann (AE) and Fred Carr (FC), respectively, with questions provided by early career scientists. Please find the questions and answers below.”


Questions and answers virtual interview (414.4 KB) .

 

Open PhD positions at Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany

Six PhD positions available at International Max Planck Research School for Global Biogeochemical Cycles (IMPRS-gBGC), Jena, Germany.

Open PhD projects related to …

  • Atmosphere & Ocean
  • Biosphere & Ecosystem
  • Soil & Below Ground
  • Paleoclimate

Detailed project descriptions: http://www.imprs-gbgc.de/index.php/Application/OpenProjects

Application Deadline: September 20, 2016



Current issue of the EGU newsletter

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This month saw the publication of the EGU 2017 General Assembly programme, which includes about 1000 sessions and over 17,500 abstracts. The conference is less than a month away, and promises to be the largest and most exciting to date. To attend, don’t forget to register online, or on-site during the week of the meeting (23–28 April).

In other news, this month the EGU has announced that it is supporting March for Science. This global movement will culminate with a march on Earth Day, April 22, 2017, in Washington DC, as well as in many cities around the world, including Vienna. EGU President Hans Thybo said: “While the March for Science idea started in the US, its mission and objectives are global and nonpartisan. A movement that champions science, supports freedom to conduct responsible scientific research, and calls for more evidence-based policy, is one that aligns with EGU’s own objectives.”

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