Priority 3: Establishing New Connections with Researchers from Developing Nations
ISTP (International Symposium on Tropospheric Profiling)
EOL has been a leader in motivating and facilitating this important conference series. In order to improve understanding and forecasting of the atmosphere, it is crucial to make advances in observational techniques and modeling. Highlights of ISTP were focused on the needs in tropospheric profiling, including profiling of atmospheric state parameters and constituents, the understanding of tropospheric processes, and the use of experimental data in atmospheric models. Recent progress in technology was assessed, especially considering the combination of different sensors and retrieval algorithms.
EOL hosted the 7th International Symposium on Tropospheric Profiling: Needs and Technologies (ISTP) June 11th-17th, 2006. Originating in 1988 from German-American collaboration, the symposium's main focus is on wind profiling in the lower troposphere. Over the years it has grown to attract an international group of scientists, engineers, and program managers with broad experience in atmospheric measurement and modeling, and it benefits from commercial sponsorship.
EOL's leading role in the ISTP addressed several of NCAR's Goals, most notably the priority of establishing new connections with researchers in emerging nations. Approximately 5% of conference participants. This project also supports the priority of cultivating a scientifically literate and engaged citizenry and a diverse and creative workforce, and the workshop directly addressed the priority of supporting and enhancing formal science education at all levels.
Nearly 200 participants from 20 countries attended the symposium, presenting more than 150 papers.
EOL plans to organize a Special Issue of the Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology. The next in this series of meetings will take place in The Netherlands in 2009.