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500 international cloud researchers meet in Leipzig
Date:7/19/2012

Leipzig. From July 30 till August 3 2012, the 16th International Conference on Clouds and Precipitation (ICCP 2012) will take place at the main lecture hall building of the University of Leipzig.

The conference is hosted by the Leibniz-Institute for Tropospheric Research (IfT) and the Leipzig Institute for Meteorology (LIM) of the University of Leipzig. Both institutes are connected through a long lasting intensive cooperation, which now also manifests in the joint organization of this year's conference.

The conference at which cloud experts from all around the world meet every four years will take place in Germany only for the second time, following 1988. The ICCP is the most important and largest cloud and precipitation conference worldwide. Around 500 participants from 37 different countries will be welcomed in Leipzig to present around 650 different contributions. The Leipzig conference is expected to become the largest of all the cloud and precipitation conferences that took place so far.

The large number of participants reflects the importance of cloud research in dealing with climate change. Clouds play a crucial role in weather and climate processes and have an influence on the Earth' radiation budget. A better understanding of clouds and processes related to them is essential to improve weather forecasting (particularly precipitation) and to better quantify the present and future climate change. The importance of clouds for climate was highlighted in the last report of the IPCC (International Panel on Climate Change) by identifying them as the largest uncertainty in climate prediction.

In particular, topics that are dealt with at the conference include basic cloud- and precipitation-physics, genesis of different kinds of clouds, the influence of ice nuclei and cloud condensation nuclei for the development of clouds and also cloud chemistry. Currently used and newly developed measurement techniques will also be discussed. A
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Contact: Tilo Arnhold
tilo@tropos.de
49-341-235-1635
Leibniz-Institut fr Troposphrenforschung
Source:Eurekalert

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