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Day 1: Thursday - October 6, 2011

7:00 – 8:00 A.M.  Registration and Breakfast (Atlantic Ballroom)

8:00 – 8:15 A.M. Introduction and Welcoming Remarks (Caribbean Ballroom)
Dr. Olga L. Mayol-Bracero, Joseph M. Prospero – Conference Chairs
Dr. Ana Guadalupe, Chancellor, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus
Dr. Megan Melamed, IGAC Executive Chief Officer, Washinton, USA

8:15 – 9:15 A.M. O-001 Plenary lecture: Long term trends in African dust transport to the Caribbean: African sources, changing climate, and future scenarios-J. M. Prospero. (Caribbean Ballroom)


Session 1: Characterization of Dust Properties
Chairs: Darrel Baumgardner & Olga L. Mayol-Bracero
Caribbean Ballroom

9:15 – 9:45 A.M. O-002 (Keynote): Saharan dust composition on the way to the Americas and potential impacts on atmosphere and biosphere-K. Kandler.

9:45 to 10:00 A.M. O-003 Mixing states of African dust transported across the north Atlantic - J. R. Anderson and X. Hua.

10:00-10:15 A.M. O-004 Single scattering albedo of fine mineral dust aerosols controlled by iron - H. Moosmüller, J. Engelbrecht, W. P.  Arnott, G. Frey, and R. K. Chakrabarty.
10:15-10:30 A.M. O-005 Impact of African dust events in the chemical composition of cloud water sampled at Pico Este, P.R. - A. Gioda, C. J. Valle-Diaz and O. L. Mayol-Bracero.  

10:30 – 10:45 A.M. Discussions  

10:45 – 11:00 A.M. Coffee Break (Atlantic Ballroom)


Session 2: Transport, Deposition and Heterogeneous Reactions
Chairs: Yinon Rudich & Roy Armstrong
Caribbean Ballroom

11:00 – 11:30 A.M. O-006 (Keynote): Estimating dust and nutrient fluxes to the tropical north Atlantic using aerosol chemical observations acquired from ships: problems and potential- A. Baker.

11:30 – 11:55 A.M. O-007 (Invited Speaker):  Chemical modification of airborne mineral dust - V. Grassian.

11:55 –12:10 P.M. O-008 - Updated dust-iron dissolution mechanism: effects of organic acids, photolysis, and dust mineralogy - N. Meskhidze and M.S. Johnson.

12:10 –12:25 P.M. O-009 - The evolution of the North African dust plume over the past 20,000 years - D. McGee, P.B. deMenocal, G. Winckler, J.-B. Stuut.

12:25 – 12:40 P.M. – Discussions

12:40 – 1:45 P.M. – Lunch


Session 3: Modeling and Lab Studies
Chairs: Ed Nowottnick & Israel Matos
Caribbean Ballroom

1:45 – 2:15 P.M. O-010 (Keynote):  Regional modeling of Saharan dust transport towards the tropical Atlantic – I. Tegen.

2:15 – 2:30 P.M. O-011 African dust export and impacts: an integrated satellite and model perspective D. A. Ridley, C.L. Heald, B. J. Ford.

2:30 – 2:45 P.M. O-012 Long-range dust transport and its impact on us air quality - S. Lu, Y. Tang, H. Huang,  J. McQueen, A. da Silva, and M. Chin.

2:45 – 3:00 P.M. O-013 Saharan dust analyses and forecasts for the Americas D. L. Westphal, R. B. Husar, S. E. McClure, W. Eberhard, J. R. Campbell, E. J. Hyer, J. S. Reid, W. R. Sessions, and J. Zhang.

3:00 – 3:15 P.M. O-014 The fate of Saharan dust across the Atlantic and implications for a central American dust barrier -  E. Nowottnick, P. Colarco, A. da Silva, D. Hlavka, M. McGill.

3:15 – 3:30 P.M. – Discussions together with coffee break (Caribbean Ballroom)

3:30 – 5:00 P.M. – Working Groups Meeting (5 working groups, 1-Characterization – Room Salon B, 2-Transport/Deposition/Heterogeneous Reactions – Room Antilles, 3-Modeling and Lab Studies - Room Leeward, 4-Climate Impacts - Room Salon C, 5-Health Impacts - Room Windward)

5:30 – 8:00 P.M. – Poster Session and Cocktail (Atlantic Ballroom)

Dinner on your own


Day 2: Friday - October 7, 2011

7:30 – 8:30 A.M.  Registration and Breakfast (Atlantic Ballroom)


Session 4: Impacts on Climate and Health
Chairs: Joseph M. Prospero & Benjamin Bolaños
Caribbean Ballroom

8:30 – 9:00 A.M. (Keynote): O-015 The influence of African dust outbreaks on Atlantic hurricanes – A. Evan.

9:00 – 9:15 A.M. O-016 Aerosol and ocean science expeditions (AerOSE): analysis of dust optical properties and their impact on the thermodynamics of the Saharan air layerE. Joseph, A. Flores, M. Oyola, N. Nalli, V. Morris, R. Lumpkin, D. Wolfe, and P. J. Minnett.

9:15 – 9:30 A.M. 0-017 Transport and processing of African dust observed over the eastern Caribbean. E. Jung, B. Albrecht, J. M. Prospero, and H. H. Jonsson.

9:30 - 9:55 A.M. O-018 (Invited Speaker) – Toxicologically important characteristics of atmospheric particulate mineral matter from diverse sources: a context for understanding potential health implications of intercontinental dust – G. Plumlee.

9:55 – 10:10 A.M.O-019 Saharan dust incursions in the Caribbean and visits to emergency rooms from congestive heart failure in Puerto RicoZ. Pietri, C. Nazario, Y. Detrés, R. Rios, R. A. Armstrong, E. Suárez and V. Morris.

10:10 – 10:25 A.M.O-020 WMO sand and dust storm warning advisory and assessment system (SDS-WAS): scientific cooperation initiative for AmericasL. Jalkanen, S. Nickovic and W. Sprigg.

10:25 – 10:45 A.M. –Discussions together with coffee break (Caribbean Ballroom)

10:45 – 12:00 – Working Groups Meeting (5 working groups, 1-Characterization – Room Salon B, 2-Transport/Deposition/Heterogeneous Reactions – Room Antilles, 3-Modeling and Lab Studies - Room Leeward, 4-Climate Impacts - Room Salon C, 5-Health Impacts - Room Windward)

12:00 – 1:30 P.M.– Lunch (Atlantic Ballroom)
O-021 (Plenary Speaker - African Dust and Health)  Respiratoryhealth effects of global transport of African dust – M. McCormack.

1:30 – 3:00 P.M.  Working groups meet again in the five groups and prepare report (same rooms as in the morning)

3:00 – 3:15 P.M. – Coffee break (Atlantic Ballroom)

3:15 – 5:00 P.M. – Integration of different reports in one document and discussion (open questions, possible approaches, where we go from here) – Leader: Joseph Prospero  (Caribbean Ballroom)

6:30 – 9:00 P.M. – Dinner with cultural event (folkloric music) (Boardwalk, near the swimming pool)


Day 3: Saturday - October 8, 2011

7:30 AM – 6:30 PM: Field trip to El Yunque National Forest and the natural reserve of Cabezas de San Juan

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