Conference on Light Scattering by Nonspherical Particles:
Theory, Measurements, and Applications

September 29 - October 1, 1998

NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New York, NY

Sponsored by NASA, the American Meteorological Society, and the American Geophysical Union in cooperation with the Optical Society of America

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The conference gathered 115 participants from 18 countries and encompassed all theoretical and experimental aspects of single and multiple scattering of electromagnetic radiation by nonspherical and heterogeneous particles and had a special emphasis on remote sensing and geophysical applications. The primary aim was to highlight and summarize the rapid advancements in the field, including numerical methods for computing electromagnetic scattering by nonspherical particles, measurement approaches, knowledge of characteristic nonspherical features in scattering patterns, retrieval and remote sensing techniques, nonspherical particle sizing, and geophysical and climatological applications. It is hoped that the conference will strengthen communications and interactions between developers of numerical and experimental techniques and those dealing with practical applications.


Michael I. Mishchenko, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
Larry D. Travis, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
Joop W. Hovenier, Free University, Amsterdam

Scientific Organizing Committee

Petr Chýlek, Dalhousie University
Bruce T. Draine, Princeton University
Kuo-Nan Liou, University of California/Los Angeles
Kenneth Sassen, University of Utah
Henk C. van de Hulst, University of Leiden
Warren J. Wiscombe, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Conference Format and Program

The conference included review talks and contributed oral and poster presentations. The talks were loosely grouped based on broad topical categories. In each of these categories review talks highlighted and summarized specific active areas of research. To ensure a high-quality conference, all abstracts submitted had been reviewed by members of the Scientific Organizing Committee for technical merit and content. The conference program was published in the June 1998 issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society and is available at

Poster Session/Reception

For the poster session, each author was provided a 48" width × 36" height (120 cm × 90 cm) bulletin board on which to display the summary of the paper. In order to stimulate discussions, the posters were up for viewing throughout the entire conference. A poster reception was organized on Wednesday evening from 5:00 p.m. till 6:30 p.m. with light snacks and beverages being served.

Volume of Extended Abstracts

Authors of accepted papers and review presentations were expected to contribute to a volume of extended abstracts published by the American Meteorological Society. Completed 4-page camera-ready manuscripts, including photos and diagrams, were solicited directly by AMS and were to be submitted to AMS Headquarters no later than 10 July 1998. The preprint volume was distributed to participants at the conference.

Copies of the preprint volume are still available for distribution to research libraries. If you want your library to have a copy, please ask your librarian to e-mail a request to Michael Mishchenko at

Contact Information

For information regarding the conference, contact:
Michael Mishchenko
NASA GISS, 2880 Broadway
New York, NY 10025
Phone: (212) 678-5590
Fax: (212) 678-5552