Terms of Reference

Clouds and precipitation play a critical role in many areas, such as the climate and general circulation of our atmosphere, weather forecasting, atmospheric chemistry and pollution, atmospheric radiation, aviation meteorology, planned and inadvertent weather modification, radar meteorology, and atmospheric electricity. Cloud processes embody a wide variety of phenomena involving both the microphysics of the cloud particles and the dynamical motions of the air. These processes interact with the atmosphere on scales ranging from microscopic to planetary.

The science of cloud physics provides the theoretical and observational framework to predict the behavior and effects of clouds. It is by its nature an interdisciplinary science that requires the participation of many scientific specialties. One of the primary goals of this committee is to foster this participation.

The mission of the Committee on Cloud Physics is to further the progress in cloud physics through the following:

  1. stimulating research activity in cloud physics and encouraging the exchange of ideas and information within and among the scientific specialties by sponsoring scientific meeting, symposia, workshops, and specialized sessions in scientific meetings;
  2. reviewing activities in cloud physics to identify areas in which progress is particularly required and to bring these needs to the attention of the scientific community through meetings, reports, and recommendations to the Society;
  3. advising the Society in matters dealing with cloud physics and assisting in the formulation of statements and reviews regarding cloud physics;
  4. encouraging the application of cloud physics knowledge to areas of societal concern; and
  5. promoting the development of education in cloud physics and the dissemination of our knowledge of clouds to a wide audience.