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APACE Workshop Series

APACE's MISSION IS TO PLAN, CONDUCT, and DESSIMINATE the findings of a series of workshops on particulate carbon in Earth's atmosphere, where researchers, sponsors, and students are brought together in open, productive discourse.

EACH APACE WORKSHOP is topic-driven and contributes to the overarching goals of the workshop series, which is to advance atmospheric particulate carbon research worldwide through open dialogue.

THE GOAL IS TO FURTHER UNDERSTANDING of what is not known about atmospheric aerosols and discuss openly what methodological, technological and communication tools can help to overcome the barriers. What are the most critical questions that researchers face? Can open dialogue address them effectively? What areas of research need advancement? Which of these suggests the greatest capacity for advancement? What funding sources could create new opportunities?

THE WORKSHOPS GENERALLY ADDRESS significant, relevant issues related to the research; i.e., sampling, analysis, technology, interpretation, interlaboratory communication, global information sharing.

THE WORKSHOP SERIES IS ABOUT EVOLVING a more sound science that provides researchers and policy makers with appropriate knowledge about issues related to global climate, visibility, and human exposure and health, while also aligning research more closely to needs within these subject areas.

DOCUMENTS, OR OTHER INFORMATION DEVELOPED during workshops, that outline new research strategies are made available on the Internet and other media formats as needed, and disseminated to relevant organizations, agencies, individuals, academic institutions at local, state, national, and international levels.

GRADUATE AND POST-DOCTORAL STUDENTS are engaged in the workshops as a career development tool, in which they interact with other students and accomplished researchers.

THE NATURE OF THE DIALOGUE being established by this special series of workshops is unique in that it addresses the knowledge gaps in atmospheric aerosols research as it relates to global climate, human health and exposure, and visibility. What is not known, what needs to be known, and how to go about finding out the answer to those questions stands out from other symposia approaches.

The questions of interlaboratory comparisons of sampling, monitoring, laboratory methods, and so on have a better chance of being resolved in a cooperative environment, rather than a competitive one.

By virtue of this approach, government agencies have a better opportunity to develop strategies that inform policy that is more relevant to the current state of the science.