GCC 2016 Summary
-Greg Quetin, Atmospheric Sciences, PCC Graduate Student Representative
The 10th Annual Graduate Climate Conference (GCC) was hosted between October 28th and 30th at the University of Washington Pack Forest Facility. 93 graduate students from both USA and international institutions gathered to discuss climate science, with sessions including talks and posters on “Atmospheric Dynamics, Clouds and Chemistry”, “Ocean Dynamics and Interactions”, “Biosphere Interactions”, “Biogeochemistry”, “Water, Ice, and Snow”, “Paleoclimate” and “Human Dimensions”. You can find out more about the science by visiting our Twitter account (@gradclimateconf), and checking out #GCC2016 during the conference for a series of live tweets celebrating talks and particularly fun moments. In addition to excellent scientific presentations by conference attendees, Professor David Battisti from the UW Department of Atmospheric Sciences gave a keynote talk that spanned a time period of over 80 ppm of atmospheric CO2 rise, where he shared various experiences from his career. Mild weather over the weekend meant breaks between sessions were spent hiking in the nearby woods and playing Frisbee, and allowed for an evening bonfire, and an outdoor pumpkin-carving contest. The annual Halloween costume party – “Dress up as your science” – brought out the creativity in the crowd.
Graduate students at the University of Washington’s Program on Climate Change founded the GCC in 2006 as a climate conference organized for graduate students by graduate students. In its 10th iteration, the conference has grown in popularity and the organization and hosting now alternates between graduate students at the University of Washington (UW) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) every other year. In 2016, we would like to acknowledge the efforts of the organizing committee, celebrate our great session chairs and presenters, and thank our sponsors who allow us to organize a free conference and provide travel funds to many of the attendees, which keep the GCC accessible to all graduate students. GCC 2016 was another success packed with great science and fun with new friends and old. We look forward to GCC 2017 next year, and another 10 years of GCCs to come.
Thank you to our sponsors – without whom none of this is possible:
National Science Foundation
UW Program on Climate Change
The Network for Sustainable Climate Risk Management at Penn State
UW College of the Environment
UW/NOAA Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean
UW Atmospheric Sciences Department
UW School of Oceanography
UW Earth and Space Sciences
UW Civil and Environmental Engineering