Kerry Emanuel has made fundamental contributions to several areas in the study of Earth's climate, notably related to tropical cyclones, convection, and tropical meteorology. Kerry's particular approach includes emphasis on using theory grounded in physics, simple numerical models, and observations to distill our understanding of weather and climate, and to reason about the risks of future climate change. His reach has also extended well outside academia, with a legacy that includes public communication about climate change and contributions to the assessment of hazard risk by industry, including the insurance sector. This two-day symposium will bring current work across those areas together in one place, and provide a forum for exchange of ideas at current forefronts in these areas.

Attendance is open to the community within capacity limits. All oral presentations are invited talks. We encourage poster abstract submission from anyone with relevant research, but poster presentation is not required to attend the symposium.

Location and Date

Kirsch Auditorium (Room 32-123), Stata Center, MIT, Cambridge, MA
21-22 June, 2022

Here is a map of the locations for the symposium, reception, & dinner, as well as suggested lunch spots nearby.

The symposium livestream (registration not required) can be viewed here.

Other dates

15 March - Poster abstract submission opens
15 April - Poster abstract submission and application for early career researcher travel support close
(Note: late abstracts will be accepted through April 22nd, but we will prioritize ECR travel funding requests received by the original deadline)
13 June - Registration deadline: Symposium + reception + dinner
20 June - Registration deadline: Symposium + reception only

Symposium Format

We are planning for a fully in-person conference, with all presenters (oral and poster) on-site at MIT. We plan to live-stream talks on Zoom, and we anticipate that remote listeners will be able to ask questions, but we do not plan on remote talks or posters. If circumstances with Covid-19 evolve so as not to permit an in-person symposium, then the event will be cancelled and not held virtually.

There will also be a conference dinner on the night of the 21st, with limited capacity.

Scientific Content

The symposium will feature several sessions of invited talks about past, present, and future progress in fields that Kerry has influenced. We will also hold a poster session on the second day of the symposium, in which we hope that many scientists, particularly early-career researchers, will present their work. We welcome abstract submissions to this poster session, and anticipate that limited funding will be available to help cover attendance expenses for early career researchers. If the poster session reaches capacity, early-career researchers will be prioritized.

A preliminary schedule is available and will be updated as more information is confirmed.

Organizing Committee

Allison Wing (Florida State University); chair
William Boos (University of California, Berkeley)
Chris Bretherton (University of Washington)
Timothy Cronin (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Chris Davis (UCAR)
Daniel Rothman (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Adam Sobel (Columbia University)
Chun-Chieh Wu (National Taiwan University)

The organizers of this symposium are mostly drawn from Kerry's long list of group alumni who have continued into academic positions. Logistical and financial support has also been generously provided by MIT's Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, the Lorenz Center, and by UCAR/NSF.

MIT Covid policies

The link above contains up-to-date information about Covid-related policies at MIT and in Massachusetts.

Face coverings are now optional in most indoor spaces at MIT. Masks should be worn for 10 full days after a positive test or after an exposure. All community members are asked to respect others’ choices on masking and to be respectful of those choices when discussing mask usage. More info on MIT's face covering policy can be found here.

Non-MIT Attendees — Tim Ticket registration and Covid health attestation required for campus access.

Symposium attendees must attest that they have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or have a religious belief or medical condition that prevents them from receiving the vaccine. Tim Ticket users who are eligible for a booster vaccination must also attest to having received the booster shot. More info on MIT's policies for visitor access can be found here. Using your smartphone, follow this link to the MIT Tim Ticket site for the symposium and complete the following registration steps (also on the instruction sheet):

You must repeat the health attestation each day prior to visiting campus. Questions? Email Alma Pellecer: pellecer@mit.edu