The Alaska Weather Symposium held March 12-13, 2013 drew more than 60 scientists, weather forecaters, graduate students, military representatives and stakeholders to the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. The group met to discuss changes in extreme events, hazardous weather, difficulties in weather forecasting and air quality. The symposium was the best attended since the first one in 2007.
This year, for the first time, people could participate without having to travel to Fairbanks. Select attendees participated via a program called GoToMeeting, which worked well.
Among the various oral presentations there were ten given by graduate students. Soumik Basu was recognized for the best student poster and Katrina Bennett was recognized for the best oral presentation.
Possibilities for closer cooperation between the National Weather Service's Fairbanks Forecast Office, the UAF Department of Atmospheric Sciences, the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center, the Geophysical Institute, the Geographic Information Network of Alaska and the university at large were discussed during the event. The symposium was held in the Elvey Auditorium at the GI.
PHOTO CAPTIONS/CREDITS: (Top) Nicole Molders, professor and chair of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, presents Katrina Bennett awards for the best oral presentation by a student at the 2013 Alaska Weather Symposium. Bennet is a doctoral candidate in engineering, mentored by International Arctic Research Center Director Larry Hinzman.
(Bottom) Soumik Basu, a doctoral candidate with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Department of Atmospheric Sciences, was recognized for the best student poster at the Alaska Weather Symposium. Basu is mentored by UAF Professor Xiangdong Zhang.
Photos by K. Alvarez.