A year and a half ago, I mentioned on Rabett Run that the American Physical Society (APS) was thinking about establishing a Topical Group on the Physics of Climate. Well, it has happened !!!
I received an email from the APS today, announcing that the newly formed Topical Group on the Physics of Climate (GPC) is hosting a Focus Session entitled "The Physics of Climate" at the next APS General Meeting, in Baltimore on March 18-22, 2013.
An invited speaker has been selected: Geoff Vallis (Princeton Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences)
A Invited Symposium has the theme "Climate as a Complex Dynamical System,", and includes the following speakers:
- Bill Collins, Professor, Earth and Planetary Science, Univ. California, Berkeley
- Peter Huybers, Professor, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard
- Sasha Madronich, Senior Scientist, Atmospheric Chemistry, NCAR
- Claire Parkinson, Aqua Project Scientist, Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA
- Nir Shaviv, Racah Institute of Physics, Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem
In addition, contributed talks are solicited, on topics that include (but are not limited to)
1) Climate as a complex dynamical system;
2) Mechanisms, magnitudes, and timescales of processes that affect climate, including greenhouse gases, aerosols, solar variability, feedbacks involving clouds, water vapor, sea ice, hydrological and carbon cycles, and ocean-atmosphere interactions;
3) Physics of proxies used to infer past climate forcings and properties for which instrumental records are unavailable;
4) Computational and statistical analyses of climate models and measurement systems.
Specific areas underlying these topics include, but are not limited to, fluid dynamics, nonlinear and complex systems, gas, condensed and interfacial phase behavior, radiation/heat transfer, phase transitions, measurement science, computational physics, statistics, biophysics, chemical physics and geophysics.
Contributed talks should focus on climate physics, without reference to issues of policy, legislation, or society. The Focus Session may include one or more invited presentations.
The above information was extracted from an email from Jim Brasseur, Chair of the newly formed Topical Group on the Physics of Climate. The speakers are quite distinguished, and represent a spectrum of the several disciplines in climate science. Madronich is a chemist, while Shaviv is an astrophysicist who can assess the purported linkage between cosmic rays and climate. Most noteworthy is that the fringe handful who deny that the humanity is changing the climate are not included. Naturally they may see this as a conspiracy.
It is a long-standing tradition that any APS member can present a contributed paper at any meeting. So if the deniers feel excluded, they are free to submit a contributed talk. IF they dare to do so infront of an expert audience. I think the deniers won't show up.