A symposium in honor of Professor Akio Arakawa: Modeling Convection, Clouds and Climate Systems

October 17-18, 2022, Los Angeles, California
Roger Wakimoto, UCLA Vice Chancellor for Research & Creative Activities
Rong Fu, Professor, UCLA Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences 
David Randall, University Distinguished Professor, Colorado State University

This two-day symposium will foster scientific exchange in the fields of convection and clouds and climate modeling, to honor the contributions of Professor Akio Arakawa. A set of invited talks will provide the broad context for discussion and poster sessions that reflect the advancements and explore new directions in the areas to which he contributed, and to engage and inspire students and early career scientists to pursue careers in climate modeling and related areas. A public lecture aimed at a broad audience will be given by Professor Kerry Emanuel of MIT.

Professor Arakawa was a pioneer in the development of atmospheric global circulation models, which now are essential tools for both weather forecasting and climate change studies. He was an inspiring and generous mentor for his students and co-researchers. His scientific papers are models of clarity. His graduate-level classes were challenging and rewarding. He trained and inspired multiple generations of researchers and leaders in the field of global atmospheric models. This symposium will provide a great opportunity for current students and early career scientists nationwide to interact with leading scientists in the field of atmospheric and climate modeling, and to learn from Prof. Arakawa’s career.

Attendance is open to the community. We encourage abstract submissions from anyone with relevant research, though a presentation is not required to attend the symposium.


James West Alumni Center, Collins Conference Room and Patio, UCLA, Los Angeles, California. UCLA Parking and Campus Maps


September 5, 2022: Applications deadline for travel support of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. 

September 30, 2022: Poster Abstracts Deadline

October 1, 2022: Registration deadline 

October 17-18, 2022: Symposium

Submitting Abstracts

Submit title and Abstract here, due September 30th, 2022.

Travel Support

Application for travel support of students and postdoctoral researchers: (apply here):

Application should include a CV and a short written statement (no more than one page) declaring their financial need and circumstances, relevance of their research to the symposium, and their background.

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  • Two-day symposium and banquet dinner: $250 ($110 tax deductible)
  • Monday symposium and banquet dinner: $125 ($5 tax deductible)
  • Tuesday symposium only: $125 ($105 tax deductible)
  • Banquet Dinner Only: $100($5 deductible)
  • AOS Students can sign up for free registration to the symposium (excluding banquet dinner).

To donate to Prof. Arakawa Graduate Fellowship:

If you would like to make a donation in honor of Prof. Akio Arakawa, please click here. Symposium registration fees will be directed to the Akio Arakawa Fund. It is our goal to convert this current expenditure fund to an endowment and grow the endowment over time with support from family and friends. If a minimum of $100,000 in gifts or pledges is raised by December 31, 2022, the fund may be converted to an endowment fund whose purpose will be determined by the Arakawa family.

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Symposium Program

Symposium to Honor Akio Arakawa

Oct 17-18, 2022
James West Alumni Center, UCLA

October 17


08:30        Suzanne Paulson, Roger Wakimoto, Miguel García-Garibay

Morning session: Numerical methods for simulating the atmosphere

09:00        Keynote talk: Prof. John Thuburn, University of Exeter

10:00        Break

10:15        Invited talk: Young-Joon Kim, NOAA National Weather Service

10:45        Contributed talks (15 minutes each)

12:00        Lunch

Afternoon session: The next generation

13:30        Three invited talks:

13:30        Andrea Jenney, University of California at Irvine

14:00        Alex Gonzalez, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

14:30        Kathleen Schiro, University of Virginia

15:00        Break

15:15        Afternoon session: Posters

17:00        Public lecture: Kerry Emanuel

18:30        Banquet on the James West Alumni Center Collins Conference Room Patio

                  including open mic time

October 18

Morning session: Theories of the global circulation

08:30        Keynote talk: Tapio Schneider

09:30        Break

09:45        Keynote talk: David Neelin, UCLA

10:15        Contributed talks (15 minutes each)

12:00        Lunch

Afternoon session: The role of clouds in the climate system

13:30        Keynote talk: Wayne Schubert, Colorado State University

14:30        Break

14:45        Invited talk: Steve Krueger, University of Utah

15:45        Invited talk: Joao Teixera, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

16:45:       Closing remarks