Siberian center for Environmental Research and Training

International Conference on Modeling, Databases and Information Systems for Atmospheric Sciences (MODIS)
Irkutsk, June 25-29, 2001

The Conference was devoted to the-state-of-the-art and usage of modern modeling tools and information technologies for Atmospherics Physics and Chemistry with application to environmental studies. It was aimed at filling a gap between basic science achievements and their support and results dissemination by means of modern information technologies.
The Conference was addressed to critically important issues for New Independent States countries, which are not yet finally solved in the world around as well.
Agencies promoting Information Technologies usage in modern science like the Russian Foundation for Basic Research, INTAS, IST Programme (5th Framework Programme) and UNESCO Information for All Programme used this Conference for monitoring the current state of their projects falling into this area as well as for wide diffusion of results obtained.
The Conference has been organized by the Institute of Atmospheric Optics (IAO) SB RAS and the Institute for Numerical Mathematics (INM) and taken place at premises of the Limnology Institute (LIN) SB RAS. The organization and work of the Conference was financially supported by INTAS Conference Monitoring Grant (01-MO-0168) and by a set of national and regional institutions: Tomsk University of Systems and Radioelectronics (TUSYR), IAO, INM and Institute of Optical Monitoring (IOM) SB RAS.
The Conference had been run as a set of consequent sessions devoted to different aspects of the theme. The list of Sessions includes: Opening/Plenary session, Atmospheric observations databases, Physics of climate system: regional aspects, Urban and Regional Atmosphere: from modeling to monitoring and risk estimation, Modeling atmospheric & ocean optics, Basic and Applied Information-Computational Systems and Special Session Monitoring of INTAS Environmental Projects.
Four types of papers were delivered at the Conference, namely invited lectures (1 hour), invited papers (30 min), contributed papers (15 min.) and poster papers. During five days of work 8 invited lectures and 24 invited (among them 10 papers on Special session on monitoring INTAS projects), 16 contributed and 53 poster papers were delivered, which occupied near 30 working hours. Papers were presented from 40 institutions from 9 countries, which includes papers from 25 Russian institutions, from 4 France, 4 Italy, 2 Germany and 2 USA institutions. Institutions from Kazakhstan contributed with 4 papers, from Ukraine with 2 papers, while institutions from Israel and UK contributed with 1 paper each. Russian papers present activity of different research and educational centers, namely 7 Moscow institutions, 5 Tomsk institutions, 4 Novosibirsk and 3 S.Petersburg and Irkutsk institutions. Birsk, Krasnoyarsk and Sterlitamak cities were presented by 1 institutions each. It should be stressed that 14 papers were presented by young scientists alone and in 34 papers young scientists were co-authors. Total number of young scientists participated in the Conference amounts up to 44, which is more then one third of total number of participants. It should be added also that developed at the IAO Information Center information system was used in process at the Conference organization which opens to remote users an access to the Conference Program, Abstracts and all relevant information.
At the Special Session “Monitoring of INTAS Projects in Environmental Sciences” papers describing 10 recently performed and currently run INTAS Projects were delivered and discussed.