Atmospheric scientists and modelers funded by DOE's Atmospheric System Research program took center stage in March 2014 to review research progress in the areas of aerosol life cycle, cloud life cycle, and cloud-aerosol-precipitation interactions.
Atmospheric scientists and modelers funded by DOE's Atmospheric System Research program took center stage in March 2014 to review research progress in the areas of aerosol life cycle, cloud life cycle, and cloud-aerosol-precipitation interactions.
In mid-March, around 350 scientific colleagues convened at the Bolger Center in Potomac, Maryland, for the fifth annual Principal Investigator's Science Team Meeting of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Atmospheric System Research (ASR) program. Held from March 10-13, the weeklong meeting allowed scientists and colleagues to review group progress and discuss future directions for ASR research to continue its leadership role in atmospheric process research.

The meeting kicked off Monday afternoon with parallel sessions among the ASR working groups to review progress and results from the past year. The rest of the week's packed agenda included morning plenary presentations by selected principal investigators, afternoon poster sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday, and numerous evening breakout sessions.

Sharlene Weatherwax, Associate Director for the Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER), opened Tuesday’s plenary session, followed by Gary Geernaert, director of BER's Climate and Environmental Science Division, who emphasized the connections between the BER programs. Updates were then provided by the BER program managers: