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Clouds, Aerosols, Radiation and Precipitation (General Session)
Convener: Heike Wex  | Co-Conveners: Nicolas Bellouin , Philip Stier , Annica Ekman , Edward Gryspeerdt , Wei-Kuo Tao 
 / Mon, 18 Apr, 13:30–17:00
 / Attendance Mon, 18 Apr, 17:30–19:00

Clouds and aerosols play a key role in climate and weather-related processes over a wide range of spatial and temporal scales. This session aims to link research activities in modelling and observations of radiative, dynamical and microphysical processes of clouds and aerosols and their interactions. Studies addressing several aspects of the aerosol-cloud-radiation system are encouraged.

Specific topics of the session are:

- Cloud and aerosol macro- and microphysical properties

- Experimental cloud and aerosol studies

- The role of aerosols and clouds for the radiative energy budget

- Observational constraints on aerosol-cloud interactions

- Cloud resolving modelling

- Parameterization of cloud and aerosol microphysics/dynamics/radiation in GCMs

- Aerosol, cloud and radiation interactions and feedbacks in the climate system

- Use of observational simulators to constrain aerosols and clouds in models

Invited speakers:

- Leo Donner (Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, NOAA)
- Athanasios Nenes (Georgia Institute of Technology)