International Conference on Alpine Meteorology, 4-8 June 2007
Chambéry, France


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FOREWORD

The International Conference on Alpine Meteorology (ICAM) has a long history. Its first gathering followed an Italian initiative and took place in Milan in September 1950. Since then, the ICAM has been regularly organized by one of the six (and then seven) Alpine countries. Since 2003, the ICAM is organized in an odd year to alternate the conference schedule with the AMS Mountain Meteorology Conference (in even years). The ICAM has established a long tradition of providing an interdisciplinary forum for discussing the influence of mountains on the atmosphere on a wide range of spatial and temporal scales. The scope of the conference includes topics such as orographic clouds, precipitation, lee cyclogenesis, gap and foehn winds, topographically trapped disturbances, boundary layer, air quality and dispersion in mountainous region, snow, mountain hydrology, and mountain climatology and weather forecasting.

After Chamonix (1956), Grenoble (1968), Aix-les-Bains (1980), Toulouse (1992), ICAM is back to France for 2007. The hosting city of Chambéry, town of art and history in the heart of Savoy, enjoys the important heritage of its prestigious past as capital of Savoy, highlighted by the castle of the Dukes of Savoy and houses in the old streets. At the crossroads of the Alps, Chambéry has a privileged geographical position, offering preserved mountain landscapes. It is located near the largest natural lakes in France (Bourget and Aiguebelette lakes) and is the gateway to three natural parks (Chartreuse and Bauges regional parks and Vannoise national park). Transalpine escapes to Italy and Switzerland are a question of a few miles.

The response to the call for papers was overwhelming. The programme committee has structured the submitted contributions in two different, but equally important classes: short oral presentations in plenary sessions and poster presentations for in-depth discussions with interested conference participants during extended poster sessions. Nearly 230 short abstracts were submitted. In addition, all contributors were given the possibility to provide a four-page extended abstract two months before the conference in order to aid individual selections during the conference. Nearly 180 extended abstracts were received. Both short and extended abstracts are brought together in this CDROM.

In conclusion we express our gratitude to all contributors to this volume for adhering to dates and guidelines so well, to our colleagues of the organisation and programme committees for the effort they have put in to set up a balanced programme and stage the event, and to our sponsors from international agencies and meteorologically oriented French institutions for their confidence and support.

For the International Scientific Programme Committee and the Organizing Committee:
Evelyne RichardVéronique Ducrocq
Chair International Programme CommitteeChair Organizing Committee
Hans VolkertGeneviève Jaubert
Co-chair International Programme CommitteeCo-chair Organizing Committee