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3rd THORPEX International Science Symposium


Monterey, CA, USA, 14-18 September 2009


Conference Registration and Hotel Reservation

Registration and hotel reservation at the conference hotel can be made at where a block of rooms has been set aside at a special rate. If you have already registered for the symposium prior to postponement, then you do not need to reregister. If you reserved a room at the Portola Hotel for the earlier dates of the conference in May, you need to make reservations for the new dates. We are, however, exploring, transferring existing reservations to the new dates. Stay tuned for further updates.

Participants who do not have internationally accepted credit/debit cards should, at this time, contact Nathalie Tournier ( to facilitate their registration. Monterey is a popular vacation and conference destination, so it is in your interest to make your hotel reservation early.


Postponement Information

If you registered in advance prior to the initial dates of the symposium in May, your registration fee will be automatically applied for the new dates on 14-18 September 2009. If you wish a refund of the registration fees please let us know immediately. Also please let a member of the local committee know if you had to pay a cancellation fee at the Portola Hotel. We arranged to have all reservations cancelled without charge. If you called the Portola Hotel and cancelled your reservation yourself you my have been charged a fee. We will work to get this fee refunded. Subsequent emails and web notices will address the issue of changing your reservations at the Portola Hotel from May to September.

Provisional Program


Information for citizens of "Visa Waiver" only countries before travelling to USA

Please fill in the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) form at:

Local Information for Participants

A single room at the Portola Plaza Hotel is 189US$ per night

Getting to Monterey

1) You can fly into Monterey (MRY), San Jose (SJC) or San Francisco (SFO)

2) It is approximately a 2hr drive from SFO and a 1.5hr drive from SJC.

3) You can take the Monterey Airbus Shuttle - to and from both SJC and SFO if you don't want to rent a car.


Chair: Jim Hansen
Programme Chair: Istvan Szunyogh
TIGGE User Workshop: Richard Swinbank
WMO contacts: David Burridge
Nathalie Tournier

Organizing Committee

The organisation of the Symposium is being shared by the International THORPEX Programme Office and the US Naval Research Laboratory.

The Organising Committee consists of Jim Hansen (NRL – Chair), Istvan Szunyogh (UMD – Programme Chair), Gilbert Brunet (EC), Rolf Langland (NRL), Richard Swinbank (UK Met Office), Florence Rabier (Meteo France), Tetsuo Nakazawa (JM), Eugene Poolman (SAWS), Huw Davies (ETH), David Hodyss (NRL), David Parsons (WWRP, THORPEX), David Burridge (THORPEX).

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Other THORPEX documents (Science Plan, Implementation Plan, ICSC-6 etc...) can be found on the THORPEX publications web page in the right column




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