Photos are up!

Photos from the 7th Graduate Climate Conference, held this past weekend at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, are now viewable in the slideshow below:

Or, check out the online photo album here:

GCC 2013

All photos are Copyright Allison Wing and the GCC Executive Committee.

Group photo!

Another successful Graduate Climate Conference is in the books! Thanks to all the participants, organizers, and sponsors for a great conference.  More photos and post-conference wrap-up to come, but here is a preliminary version of our group photo to hold you over:

GCC 2013 Group Photo

GCC 2013 Group Photo

Just one week until GCC 2013!

The 2013 Graduate Climate Conference is only a week away, and we’re super excited! By this point, all participants should have received an email with all the final logistical details needed to attend the conference. The most important details are:

  • If you were awarded a travel grant, remember to bring all your travel-related receipts, and if possible your boarding pass/ticket.   You wil be able to fill out a reimbursement form at the conference
  • If you requested a place to stay on Thursday night and/or Sunday night, you should have received information about the person/people who will be hosting you.  We’ve asked hosts to contact you individually to work out the details of getting to their place, etc.
  • Unless you are driving directly to Woods Hole or will already be there, we’ve assigned you a mode of transportation to get to the conference from Cambridge/Boston.  Again, check your email for the details.  Most people are leaving from Ames St. at 10 AM on Friday.  More details can be found on the logistics page.
  • The email that we sent out had an error regarding poster sizes!  The maximum size for poster should actually be 48″ x 36″.
  • We’re having a Halloween party on Saturday night!  Bring your best climate-themed costume and an affinity for pumpkin-themed beverages.

We look forward to seeing all the participants next week!  If you have any more questions, please feel free to ask us at

Introducing our keynote speaker: Caroline Ummenhofer

Ummenhofer_photoThe GCC 2013 Executive Committee is pleased to announce that the keynote address at this year’s conference will be given by Caroline Ummenhofer of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Caroline will be speaking about her experiences with the transition from being a graduate student to holding a faculty position, as well as communicating climate science to external audiences.

Caroline Ummenhofer received a Joint Honours B.Sc. in Marine Biology and Physical Oceanography from the University of Wales, Bangor, UK, and a PhD in Applied Mathematics, specializing in climate modeling, from The University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia. Her PhD thesis received the Uwe Radok Award in ocean/atmosphere/climate science by the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society. Caroline was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematics and Statistics of Complex Systems, held a Vice-Chancellor Postdoctoral Fellowship at UNSW, and was a Visiting Fellow with CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research in Hobart, Australia. Since 2012, she is an Assistant Scientist in the Physical Oceanography Department at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, USA. Her research interests include interannual to decadal climate variability, the hydrological cycle, monsoon dynamics, ocean-atmosphere interactions, droughts, extratropical climate, hydroclimate paleo reconstructions of the last millennium, and the effects of climate variability and change on agriculture. In particular, her research focuses on Indian Ocean dynamics, its variability and role for regional rainfall variations and droughts in the surrounding countries, spanning from seasonal to decadal timescales. Her research on the importance of a re-occurring Indian Ocean temperature pattern for Australian rainfall was awarded the prestigious 2008 Land & Water Australia Eureka Prize for Water Research and Innovation and is meanwhile routinely used by the Department of Agriculture and Food in Western Australia as one of five key indicators of growing season rainfall for farmers. A key goal of Caroline’s research has been to bridge the gap between ocean and climate dynamics and its impacts on end users. As such, she aims to provide practical outcomes of use to stakeholders in the agriculture and water management sectors, interacting with media, farmers’ organizations, and the broader public.

Session topics announced; Acceptance notifications coming soon!

The GCC 2013 organizing committee would like to thank all of our applicants for submitting a greatly interesting and diverse group of abstracts for this year’s conference.  Applicants can expect to receive notifications of their acceptance status later this week.

Furthermore, we have used your applications and research interests to choose the following topics for the sessions in GCC 2013:

  • Paleoclimate and Cryosphere
  • Hydroclimate
  • Aerosols and Cloud Chemistry
  • Humans, Climate, and Policy
  • Terrestrial Impacts
  • Tropical Dynamics
  • Extratropical Dynamics
  • Ocean Dynamics
  • Ocean Biology and Chemistry

Check back here and on the Program page later in the summer for more information about the details of the sessions and the schedule of the conference!

Applications Closed

The application deadline for the 2013 Graduate Climate Conference has now passed. We’re pleased to announce a significant growth in interest for this year’s conference – there are many very interesting abstracts representing a huge swath of science and policy which we look forward to reading!

We hope to notify applicants of their acceptance by mid-July. In the meantime, check back often for details on this year’s conference, including information on accommodations in Woods Hole, post-conference activities on the Cape and in Boston, as well as the program/sessions we’ve structured based on your applications and research interests.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are a few commonly asked questions that we have been receiving regarding the logistics of the GCC:

1. What is the conference registration fee? There is no registration fee!

2. What are the costs for food and lodging during the conference? Our generous sponsors are covering the cost of food and lodging for all conference attendees, so you don’t have to worry about that! If you can get yourself to Boston, MA, we’ll take care of the rest. More info is on our logistics page.

3. When will we hear if our abstract has been accepted? We hope to notify applicants in mid-July, both of their abstract acceptance and presentation type (oral or poster).

4. Do we have to present original research in order to attend? If you are a graduate student, yes. It doesn’t need to be a complete project, but everyone must present some sort of original research. If you are not sure you will have enough results to present, contact us at and we can discuss your situation. If you are an undergraduate student, you are certainly welcome to present something, but it is not required.

5. Are travel grants available to international students? We anticipate having some amount of travel funding available for international students, but as it depends on our ongoing fundraising efforts and there are some restrictions on how we can use certain funds, we cannot guarantee anything. But we will do our best to award travel funding to as many students in need as possible!

If you still have unanswered questions, feel free to contact us at Don’t forget to submit your abstracts by 11:59 PM tomorrow, Friday June 7!

Application Deadline Fast Approaching!

The abstract deadline for the 2013 Graduate Climate Conference is in just over 2 weeks! Applications will remain open through June 7, so make sure to submit your application soon so that you don’t miss out!

Invitations to participate will be awarded on a competitive basis, as will limited travel funding.  The application is open to graduate students, and to undergrads who will be in their junior or senior year as of Fall 2013.

To apply to the conference, please fill out the form at this link:
GCC 2013 Application

Applications now open!

Applications are now open for participation in the 2013 Graduate Climate Conference!  Invitations to participate will be awarded on a competitive basis, as will limited travel funding.  The application is open to graduate students, and to undergrads who will be in their junior or senior year as of Fall 2013.  Applications will remain open through June 7.

To apply to the conference, please fill out the form at this link:
GCC 2013 Application