Monthly Newsletter

October 2003



SORCE Science Meeting
December 4-6, Sonoma, California –

The registration numbers for the upcoming SORCE Science Meeting – Physical Processes Linking Solar Radiation and Solar Variability with Global Climate Change – are up and the meeting is sure to be exciting. If you haven’t registered yet, there is still space available to attend. The early registration and hotel reservation deadline is November 1. The abstract deadline was October 15 and the response was excellent. A tentative science program will be posted on the SORCE meeting website soon.
The meeting will be devoted to our understanding of the physical processes that connect the Sun’s radiation and its variability to our terrestrial environment, including the processes involved with climate and ozone response to solar radiative forcing and the mechanisms that cause solar activity and radiation variations. The agenda will consist of both invited and contributed oral presentations and posters.
The meeting will include the following overview presentations:

J. Eddy – Current status of Sun-climate connections and possible processes

V. Ramaswamy – Current status of the Sun’s role in global change

J. Hall – Current status of Solar-stellar relationships

Scientific sessions planned for the meeting, with the following confirmed speakers, are:


Sonoma Valley

  • Solar Radiation – Status of Current Measurements
    • Gary Rottman, C. Fröhlich, SORCE Instrument Teams
  • Climate Change Processes Involving Solar Radiation in the Troposphere
    • G. Meehl, S. Hameed, S. Platnick, R. Cess,
    • G. Bond, E. Cook, N. Loeb
  • Global Change Processes Involving Solar Radiation in the Stratosphere
    • R. Stolarski, M. Salby, D. Rind, R. Hudson
  • Processes and Evidence for Long-Term Irradiance Variations
    • P. Goode, M. Dikpati, Y.M. Wang
  • Future Directions in Sun-Climate Research

The featured speaker at the meeting dinner on Thursday evening, Dec. 4, will be Dr. John Eddy. He will speak on “Tales of the Sun and Climate”.
The scientific organizing committee members are Judith Lean from NRL, Peter Pilewskie from NASA Ames Research Center, and Doug Rabin from GSFC. They are currently putting together an exciting agenda and a schedule of talks and posters should be available in early November. Presenters will be notified and the schedule will be posted on the meeting website.
Please refer to the SORCE meeting website for complete information on the science program, agenda, registration, and travel and lodging –
Dec03ScienceMeeting.html. The website will be updated regularly with the latest science program additions.

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