Conference and Workshop on Air Quality and Climate (AQAC Conference)

Venue: Hilton Waikoloa Village

Location: Kona, Hawaii, United States

Event Date/Time: Mar 14, 2011 End Date/Time: Mar 19, 2011
Registration Date: Mar 11, 2011
Early Registration Date: Dec 15, 2010
Abstract Submission Date: Oct 20, 2010
Paper Submission Date: Oct 20, 2010
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Air Quality and Climate Conference and Mainland-Taiwan Workshop Hilton Waikoloa Village, Kona, Big Island, Hawaii; March 14-19, 2011


The goal of the Conference is to conceptualize a long-term Pacific-Rim research program and develop collaborations and opportunities to bring it to fruition, especially for scientists from the Mainland China and Taiwan. This is consistent with an agreement between the National Natural Science Foundation in Mainland China (CNSF) and the National Science Council (NSC) in Taiwan signed in 2008.

The conference language is English.


Advanced Science Seminars

The Advanced Science Seminars will feature lectures on and discussions of the contemporary state of science and technology in four areas related to the meeting topics. (Interested attendees can choose two of the four seminars, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.) The lectures and discussions are designed to bring participants up to date on Mainland China–Taiwan and the Pacific Rim region.

March 14 – Morning

• Climate and Air Quality: Daniel Jacob (Harvard University)
This lecture and seminar will focus on the primary motivation for the conference. Climate and air quality will be discussed in terms of potential for change associated with the evolution of natural and anthropogenic emissions, meteorology, and air chemistry and how this is relevant to Pacific-Rim region.
• Precipitation and Water Resources: William Cotton (Colorado State University) This lecture and seminar will examine cloud and precipitation physics, interactions with air pollution, and weather modification. The discussion will take place in the context of the historical successes and limitations of weather modification, particularly the current cloud-seeding program of Mainland China.

March 14 – Afternoon

• Energy Resources in East Asia: John Watson (Desert Research Institute), Alan Lloyd (ICCT), and Mike Kilburn (Civic Exchange)
This discussion will be oriented toward energy technology. Topics will include the current state of energy production and use in East Asia; projections of growth and shifts in technology expected in the next twenty-five years; options for shifts in energy production, especially in the electricity and transportation sectors; and projections for the industrial, commercial, and residential use of energy. Expectations for pollution emissions in the region will be examined.

• Megacities of East Asia and Intra- and Inter-regional Air Quality across East Asia: Shaw Liu (Academia Sinica, Taiwan)
Two important elements of East Asia air quality will be studied: the influence of a multiplicity of very large urban areas and the phenomenon of long-range pollutant transport from the mainland and island nations along the Pacific Rim. Over the past twenty years considerable research has been carried out on these questions. This seminar will synthesize knowledge gained from this research in the broad context of atmospheric processes and sources.

Technical Meeting

The current science and technology outlook for East Asia and the Pacific Rim, as related to climate and air quality, will be explored. Discussion will also identify the depth and coverage of current knowledge, as well as its limitations, and the probable need for sustained investigations in the future to fill knowledge gaps and improve capability for applications to environmental management.

The conference will be arranged so that the sessions will occur in series with discussion of each major topical area. Each session will be co-chaired by leading scientists in the field, and will include a 30-minute presentation followed by 10 to 15 minutes of summary views presented by a panel of three discussants. An open discussion will follow for each topic. Papers in poster form are encouraged to complement the invited speakers and invited discussants, so that participants can develop a broad view of ongoing topical research. The invited lead-in presenters are encouraged to provide a broad but brief summary of research carried out in East Asia and the Pacific Rim since the 1990s, and present a hypothetical discussion guide to “important” future research in the topical areas.

Evening sessions will be planned for informal, small group discussion of the topical areas or other relevant issues.

March 15

Introduction and Overview: David Shaw (meeting organizer)
Keynote Speaker: Russell Schnell (director of the Mauna Loa Observatory)
Session 1: Climate and Air Quality. Co-Chairs: D. Jacob (Harvard University) and R. Park (Seoul National University). Panel: C. Fu, J. Cao, C. Loh / M. Kilburn (tentative).
Session 2: Weather Modification and Water Resources. Co-Chairs: S. Kreidenweis (Colorado State University) and C. Zhao (Peking University). Panel: Y. Qian, W. Cotton, J. Chen (tentative).

March 16

Session 3: Changing Role of Megacities and Air Quality. Co-Chairs: T. Zhu (Peking University) and G. Carmichael (University of Iowa). Panel: Y. He, C. Chan, TBD.
Session 4: Multipollutant Air Quality Science including Climate. Co-Chairs: J. Chow (Desert Research Institute) and X.-X. Tie (University Corporation for Atmospheric Research). Panel: H. Liao, H. Tanimoto, C.-K. Chou.
Session 5: Regional-Scale Air Quality and Air Mass Transport. Co-Chairs: S. Liu (Academia Sinica, Taiwan) and A. Clarke (University of Hawaii). Panel: B. Huebert (University of Hawaii), R. Arimoto (New Mexico State University, retired).

Tours of Geo-Scientific Hawaii Attractions

On March 18 and 19 two tours will be offered. Those who want to participate are invited to travel to the Mauna Loa Observatory to explore the facility, enjoy the high altitude, and view the island (weather permitting). Conference participants may also travel to Volcanoes National Park to see the major active volcano area on the island. Both trips will be approximately a day in duration.

For those who wish to enjoy the many other recreational and natural science amenities offered by the islands, we recommend making arrangements for individual outings on the weekends of March 12th and March 19th.


The conference will be held at the Waikoloa Hilton Hotel, Kona-Waikoloa, Hawaii, March 14–19, 2011. We request that those planning to attend fill out the attached registration form. Note that the conference fee is $650 if paid by December 15, 2010 ($750 if paid after December 15). The fee includes the advanced seminars, the conference and workshop, the conference luau banquet, continental breakfasts, and coffee breaks. It does not include the tours to Mauna Loa or Volcanoes National Park. The tours on March 18 and 19 will require a fee. The Mauna Loa trip will include stops of interest and a tour of the NOAA observatory; the fee is $131. The tour of Volcanoes National Park will cost $157. Transportation to and from Kona, as well as hotel accommodations, should be arranged individually by conference participants. (Note that the hotel does not provide shuttle service to the airport.) For details on registration and other information related to the conference, including hotel reservation, please check

For our Mainland Chinese and Taiwanese (or other non-U.S.) colleagues, a visa application will be needed. The processing of the visas may take as long as six months. Thus we urge you to allow for this in your travel planning.

Registration for the meeting can be found on the conference Web site. We urge attendees to send in this form as early as possible so that we can ensure a diverse and active group of participants. (For those who are unable to access the Web site, please let us know and we will send you registration information by e-mail.)

Abstracts for invited presenters and participants should be sent to or to (alternatively no later than October 20, 2010. Abstracts for poster presentations by participants are also required. The Technical Program Committee will review these abstracts and confirm acceptance by October 30, 2010.


Our time during the meeting for presentations and discussion is limited, as you can see from the agenda, and we plan to cover a diverse set of topics. Our goal for the conference is to provide an outlook for long-term research on issues of high priority for international scientific collaboration, especially on those issues relevant to Mainland China and Taiwan. To facilitate communication within a group that has such diversity and depth of research experience, we encourage attendees to provide access to their work through poster presentations. All posters should be prepared in conventional poster size (approximately 90 cm high x 120 cm long). Studies of general issues related to climate and air quality are of interest, but those studies relevant to the conference topics discussed above will be more helpful to our discussions.

For those investigators who wish to publish their presentations or papers, we have arranged for publication in a special issue of Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association. This journal has formal procedures for submittal and review prior to publication. Details for submittal are provided in the AWMA Web site (


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