16AtRad Call for Papers

Call for Papers

The 16th American Meteorological Society (AMS) Conference on Atmospheric Radiation (AtRad) is planned for 8–12 August 2022 at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison, Wisconsin, as part of the AMS Collective Madison Meeting (CMM). The CMM will be held jointly with the 16th Conference on Cloud Physics (Clouds), the 17th Conference on Polar Meteorology and Oceanography (PolMO), and the 25th Conference on Satellite Meteorology, Oceanography and Climatology (SatMOC). Prospective participants are encouraged to review the call for papers for each conference to determine the best fit for their work. The conference committee chairs plan to build joint sessions and keynote talks into the program to highlight research and work that spans the breadth of all conferences.

The global COVID pandemic continues to pose challenges to society, and weather, climate and Earth system sciences alike. The CMM seeks to provide an equitable forum where diverse opinions can be expressed to address old and new challenges. To that end, the conveners for the AtRad conference welcome papers and presentations on the following topics:


  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) Efforts and Best Practices in Meteorology and Climate Science**

  • Future Missions and Novel Measurement Approaches of the Earth's Radiation Budget and its Primary Drivers*

  • Modeling of Earth's Radiation Budget, Climate and Relevant Processes

  • Surface Energy Budget and Atmosphere-Surface Coupling

  • The Role of Radiation in Climate Forcing, Feedbacks and Variability

  • Special Session: Challenges in the understanding of absorbing aerosol and its impacts on clouds, radiation, and climate

  • Atmospheric Radiative Transfer and Light Scattering Theory

  • Parameterizations of Radiative Processes

  • In-situ Measurements of Cloud and Aerosol Properties

  • Radiative Effects and Feedbacks of Clouds and Aerosols in Weather and Climate

  • Observations to Address Deficiencies in Climate and Chemical Transport Models

  • Observations and Data Synthesis for Atmospheric Composition

  • High-Latitude Radiation, Cloud, and Climate Processes

  • Special Session: Atmospheric processes related to altering the global radiative budget 

** Joint with all CMM conferences

* Joint with SatMOC

The following additional joint sessions are planned in close coordination with the other conferences:

  • Clouds and Climate Change

  • Optical and Radiative Properties of Clouds 

  • Remote Sensing of Clouds 

  • Satellite Remote Sensing of the Polar Regions 

  • Low Clouds in the Antarctic and Arctic: The shroud of the polar regions 

  • Meteorology and Energy Balance Over Ice Sheets and Ice Shelves 

  • GOES, GeoXO, and Non-NOAA Geostationary Satellite and Instrument Plans 

  • JPSS, Follow-On, and Non-NOAA Low-Earth Orbiting Satellite and Instrument Plans

  • NASA’s Atmosphere Observing System: A New Mission to Study Aerosols, Clouds, Convection, and Precipitation

  • In memoriam: Michael Freilich

Students, early career community members, and/or professionals from historically underserved communities are especially encouraged to submit their work for presentation. The conference chairs are planning various networking events to facilitate a welcoming and inclusive experience for all members of the Earth science community.

Please submit your abstract electronically via the AMS conference website by 14 April 2022 (see the website for instructions). The abstract submission fee of $95 USD is charged at the time of submission and refundable, if the abstract is not accepted. Authors of accepted presentations will be notified via email by mid-May 2022. 

The AMS and meeting conveners are planning a welcoming and safe conference experience for all attendees. Understanding the risks that COVID-19 poses to members of our community, we plan to accommodate personal interactions in accord with all CDC and local guidelines and we are working diligently to conceive options for remote attendance and in-person meeting events. We encourage all presenters and attendees to visit the meeting website often to stay up to date on the latest news.

Please contact the following AtRad program co-chairs for the Collective Madison Meeting with questions: