Format and Schedule

After a Sunday evening ice breaker, the conference will span five full days. The schedule on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday will consist of a plenary morning session of invited and contributed talks, afternoons free for both organized and informal meetings and discussions, a keynote speaker after dinner and then a poster session. On Wednesday, there is a full day field trip to the cinder cone of Pico de Teide and to the IzaƱa Atmospheric Observatory. On Friday, the morning will include invited and contributed talks. The keynote talk will follow lunch and then a formal plenary discussion to review our progress on, and understanding of, the six main science questions before closing in the late afternoon. These questions fall into the following main thematic sessions:

  • How well do we understand, in volcanically quiescent periods, the sources, both gas and particle phase, of stratospheric aerosol, and the influence of non-sulfate aerosol and precursors?
  • What are the climate impacts of stratospheric aerosol during non-volcanic periods?
  • How well do global stratospheric aerosol climatologies capture the measurement record and the climate relevant quantities during volcanically quiescent periods?
  • How well do models represent stratospheric aerosol and its climate impacts for models with prescribed aerosol climatologies and those with derived aerosol?

The thematic sessions will include invited and contributed papers. The sessions will be interdisciplinary and combine presentations of the modern stratospheric aerosol observations, the challenges in maintaining this record, the aerosol climatologies constructed from the record, the extrapolation of this record, and the use of these records in global climate models.