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PMIP International Conference-Nanjing 2020 was successfully held at NNU

From October 26th to 30th, 2020, PMIP (Paleoclimate Modeling Intercomparison Project) International Conference-Nanjing 2020 was successfully held in the Guangyue Building on the Xianlin Campus of NNU. The conference creatively adopted both online and on-site approaches. It was hosted by the PMIP Scientific Committee and organized by the School of Geography, NNU, and sponsored by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the Institute of Earth Environment, the Institute of Atmospheric Physics, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Pilot National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology (Qingdao). The meeting assembled more than 250 people from different institutions and universities both at home and abroad, including the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France, the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M), Germany, the University of Reading, Peking University, the Institute of Atmospheric Physics, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing Normal University, and so on. There was a main online conference room, three sub-rooms for parallel discussion and 10 rooms for all-time free discussions on Zoom, which was broadcast live on Bilibili and YouTube. 

The Opening ceremony

The opening ceremony was hosted by Professor Jian Liu from the School of Geography. Experts and leaders including Huijun Wang, academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, atmospheric scientist, leader of the Chinese Paleoclimate Simulation research, and director of the academic Committee of Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, Professor Lixin Tian, vice president of NNU; Professor Linwang Yuan and Professor Changchun Huang, respectively dean and associate dean of the School of Geography, NNU attended the opening ceremony and delivered welcome speeches. They raised ardent expectations for this conference, hoping to improve the research level of China's paleoclimate simulation through extensive international academic exchanges, and to make greater contributions to the construction of Nanjing Normal University as a high-level university with international influence.

Invited presentations

At the opening ceremony, Professor Liu first introduced the PMIP international Research Program and the PMIP 2020 International Conference. Vice President Lixin Tian introduced the relevant information of NNU to domestic and foreign experts with a propaganda video. Professor Pascale Braconnot, chairman of PMIP Science Committee briefly reviewed the general development of PMIP. Six members of the Committee carried on a related introduction to the latest development of PMIP4, the multi-mode evaluation of simulation results, the characteristics of Pliocene climate and climate of interglacial period. Afterwards, Professor Dan Lunt and Sandy Harrison introduced in detail the IPCC and Reconstruction-Simulation data comparison. At last, the participants held a heated discussion for more than one hour online and offline.

Discussion session

The guest presentation time spanned from October 27th to 30th. The meeting was divided into four subjects, namely, the Monsoon, Climate Sensitivity, Climate Transient Simulation and Climate Variability. The guest presentations were delivered by Professor Yongjin Wang, from the School of Geography, Professor Steven Sherwood from UNSU (University of New South Wales), Australia, Professor Marie Kapsch from MPI-M, Professor Yongyun Hu from Beijing university, Professor Chun’an Tang from CUG (China University of Geosciences), researcher Jingyun Zheng from the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Professor Liang Ning from NNU. During the presentations, all the experts, scholars and postgraduate students presented and demonstrated their research work in online or offline approaches and had heated discussions accordingly after that.

The group photo of some participants

In the conclusion session on October 30th, eight heads of the PMIP working group delivered their summaries of the main content, and they expressed their appreciation and gratitude towards the School of Geography, NNU for its contribution to the success of the conference. The gratitude was extended to all the organizers, chairmen of parallel meetings, coordinators, and all participants. Professor Liu’s proposal to set up an ancient monsoon working group led by Chinese scientists in the PMIP was unanimously approved by all the experts present.