SPARC/IGAC joint activity
Hans Schlager (co-lead)
Mian Chin (co-Lead)
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, USA
Scientific Steering Group Members
National Center for Atmospheric Research, USA
NASA Langley Research Center, USA
Michelle Santee (SPARC Liaison)
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA
Hiroshi Tanimoto (IGAC-Asia Liaison)
National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan
Working Group leads:
Jianchun Bian (WG1 co-Lead)
Gabi Stiller (WG1 co-Lead)
Karlsruher Institute for Technology, IMK, Germany
Klaus-Dirk Gottschaldt (WG1 co-Lead)
Chang-Keun Song(WG1 co-Lead)
Jonathan Wright (WG2 co-Lead)
Tsinghua University, China
Xiaohua Pan(WG2 co-Lead)
Bhupesh Adhikary (ICIMOD liaison; WG3 co-Lead)
Ritesh Gautam (WG3 co-Lead)
Indian Institute of Technology (Bombay), India
Federico Fierli (WG3 co-Lead)
ACAM is a joint IGAC/SPARC activity. Scientifically, the initiative focuses on four themes, each representing a key aspect of the connection between atmospheric composition and Asian monsoon dynamics:
- Emissions and air quality;
- Aerosols and clouds;
- Convection and chemistry;
- UTLS Response to the Asian Monsoon
Organizationally, the initiative invites the participation around three working groups:
- WG1 – Observations and data sharing
- WG2 – Modeling and analysis
- WG3 – Training school for early career scientists
As a weather pattern, the Asian monsoon impacts the lives of more than a billion people. With rapid population and economic growth of the regional countries in the recent decade, it becomes a pressing concern that the monsoon convection coupled to surface emissions is playing a significant role in the region’s air quality. The uplift of pollutants also enhances aerosol–cloud interactions that may change the behavior of the monsoon. The chemical transport effect of the monsoon system is seen from satellites as an effective transport path for pollutants to enter the stratosphere. The monsoon system is therefore relevant to scales and processes bridging regional air quality, climate change, and global chemistry-climate interaction. Accurate representation of this system in global chemistry-climate models is critical to predicting how this evolving region may contribute to future change. To characterize and quantify the impact of the system, integrated study is essential, including observations (in situ and remote sensing) from the surface through the troposphere and stratosphere as well as modeling from regional to global scales. To be successful in this pursuit, it is necessary to build strong international collaborations to obtain the diverse expertise, resources, and access to the monsoon region for international research teams. The ACAM activity represents a critical step in building these international relationships. For more information, visit the ACAM Website.
- 3rd ACAM workshop, 5-9 June 2017, Guangzhou, China.
- 2nd ACAM training school, 10-12 June, Guangzhou, China.
- Workshop on dynamics, transport and chemistry of the UTLS Asian Monsoon, 7-10 March 2016, Boulder, CO, USA
- Special session on ACAM EGU, 18-22 April 2016, Vienna, Austria
- Special session on ACAM AOGS2016, 1-5 August 2016, Beijing, China
- Side meeting on ACAM, IGAC Scientific Conference, 29 September 2016, Breckenridge, CO, USA
- 2nd ACAM workshop, 8-10 June 2015, Bangkok, Thailand.
- 1st ACAM training school, 11-12 June, 2015, Bangkok, Thailand
- Special session on Atmospheric Composition and the Asian Summer Monsoon (ACAM)
at AOGS2014 (Asian Oceanic and Geosciences Society), 28 July-1 August 2014, Sapporo, Japan.
- IGAC Science Conference side meeting and poster.
- First ACAM workshop, 9-12 June 2013, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Randel, W. J., Laura, L., and J. Bian, 2016: Workshop on dynamics, transport and chemistry of the UTLS Asian Monsoon. Advances in Atmospheric Sciences, 33(9), pp 1096–1098.
SPARC activity updates:
SPARC Newsletter No. 46, 2016, p. 20: Report on the 2nd Workshop on Atmospheric Composition and the Asian Monsoon (ACAM), by L. Pan and J. Crawford.
SPARC Newsletter No. 42, 2014, p. 40: Report on the Atmospheric Composition and the summer Asian Monsoon (ACAM) Workshop, 9-12 June 2013, Kathmandu, Nepal, by L. Pan, J. Crawford, H. Tanimoto, M. Lawrence, A. Panday, S. Suresh Babu, B. Barret, H. Schlager, P. Konopka, and J. Bian.