Call for Abstracts: Atmospheric Chemistry in the Anthropocene: Faraday Discussion in York, UK – 22-24 May 2017

Oral abstracts submission deadline: 5 Sep 2016


Human activities have greatly impacted the Earth system so much so that it has ushered in a new epoch – the Anthropocene. The consequent changes – observed and predicted – occur in the oceans, the terrestrial regions, and the biosphere, and have raised important societal issues such as climate change, ocean acidification, air quality degradation, and ozone layer depletion.

The central component that leads to changes and impacts are the processes that alter the composition of the atmosphere. It is time to take a closer look at the processes that change the composition the Earth’s atmosphere to ensure that they are understood and represented accurately in models, whose predictions underpin societal actions.

This Discussion will focus on emerging issues such as interactions between anthropogenic and biogenic emissions, new mechanisms important for atmospheric chemistry, the impacts of climate on air quality, and new instrumental tools and platforms for atmospheric chemistry.


This meeting aims to bring together a global network of experimentalists, field scientists, theoreticians, chemists, physicists and environmental scientists working at the forefront of these emerging issues, providing a forum for cross-disciplinary exchange and discussion of ideas on the processes that control the composition of the atmosphere.


Atmospheric chemistry and the biosphere
In this session we will explore ocean-atmosphere and land-atmosphere interactions; new emission mechanisms and feedbacks.

Atmospheric chemistry processes

In this session we will discuss new mechanisms of importance for atmospheric chemistry, including radical chemistry and recycling, Criegee intermediates, gas phase precursors to SOA, and nitrogen cycling.

The air we breathe: Past, present, and future

This session will look at air quality-climate interactions; developing world issues; short-lived climate forcers. We will discuss air pollution extremes in the 21st century, the benefits of reducing short-lived climate pollutants, environmental pollution in developing nations.

New tools for Atmospheric Chemistry
In this final session we aim to explore the new tools and strategies available, including new measurement techniques, platforms, modelling tools and paradigms.

For further details, please visit the meeting website.