Over 250 Scientists from 30 Countries Gather in Boulder for Earth Science and Climate Change Conference
January 20, 2006
BOULDER—More than 250 scientists from 30 countries are gathering at the Center Green campus of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) in northeast Boulder next week. The scientists will present new research on the interactions among plants, airborne particles, and atmospheric composition, and how these relate to Earth's changing climate. The meeting runs January 22-26 and is not open to the public. A workshop on flux measurements in difficult conditions follows on January 26-28.
The conference is the first of the Integrated Land Ecosystem-Atmosphere Processes Study (iLEAPS), a ten-year effort to understand how interacting physical, chemical, and biological processes transport and transform energy and matter through the land-atmosphere interface. The scientists study interactions and feedbacks on scales from molecules to the entire globe, and from minutes to centuries, both past and future.
Currently iLEAPS promotes six international research projects studying essential phenomena related to global climate change. These include the Amazon rainforests, West African and Asian monsoons, and Arctic and boreal vegetation zones.
The iLEAPS International Project Office, based at the University of Helsinki in Finland, will coordinate an iLEAPS science conference every other year, with the next one planned for Australia in 2008. Among the project's goals are gathering together multi- and cross-disciplinary scientists to work together, distributing ideas and results rapidly, and increasing scientific relations with developing countries.
Along with UCAR, the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST), Dekati Ltd., and Vaisala are sponsoring the Boulder conference. CAST is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization of Chinese scientific and technological workers. Dekati Ltd. designs and manufactures fine-particle measuring and sampling devices. Vaisala develops, manufactures, and markets electronic measurement systems and equipment for meteorology, environmental sciences, traffic safety, and industries.
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