[Ecsa] ESS Workshop Announcement

Scott Briggs sbriggs at ucar.edu
Fri Feb 25 11:27:17 MST 2005


International Postdoctoral Scientist Network for Earth Systems Science
First Workshop
Breckenridge, Colorado June 23-25, 2005

Many of the challenges we face in earth system science require not only 
the integration of complex physical processes into climate system models 
(e.g., the NCAR CCSM) but coupling biogeochemistry and chemistry with 
climate. Additionally, the global research community will require 
components that allow interactions between policy and decision making 
with environmental and climate considerations.   The complexity of full 
biophysical models of the Earth's System requires considerable 
computational expense and makes deconvolution to understand the 
underlying processes difficult.  Accordingly, intermediate complexity 
and simple models are tools that are valuable towards understand the 
more complex models and the real system they attempt to represent.

As a step towards fuller integration of earth system science, IGBP/AIMES 
(International Global Biosphere Project/Analysis, Integration and 
Modeling of the Earth System)  are planning an international 
postdoctoral scientist network for earth system science. This network 
will serve as a mechanism for promoting the development of the next 
generation of scientists
to be increasingly cross-cutting as will be required by the future of 
Earth system modeling. An important element will be including 
participants from developing countries to both contribute their 
expertise in quickly changing and highly vulnerable environments, as 
well as to build the human resources in important regions of the globe 
for future science projects.

To inaugurate the network we plan a first workshop in June, 2005. The 
workshop agenda will include talks from one senior person and several 
postdoctoral scientists on two topics:
Topic 1: The end of nature? Human-earth systems interactions
Topic 2: Is there a scenario in the class? Different views of the future 
(Multi-scaled approaches to Earth System modeling).

All participates will be invited to give a talk or present a poster 
during the workshop.  More information is available at: 

Applications should be received by March 15, 2005 and include a CV, 
statement of research interests (1 page), statement of how the 
postdoctoral network can best serve the postdoctoral community (1 page), 
and a recommendation letter. We plan to obtain sufficient funding to 
support 50 postdoctoral scientists to attend, but please indicate in 
your application if you can only attend if you receive full support. 
Please note: The preferred format of the submitted documents is pdf 
(PostScript, MS Word and ASCII text also accepted).Send applications to: 
asp-apply at asp.ucar.edu with the subject "ESS Workshop".

Scott Briggs
Administrative Assistant
Advanced Study Program
National Center for Atmospheric Research
PO Box 3000
Boulder CO 80307-3000

Phone: (303) 497-1607
FAX:   (303) 497-1646
e-mail: sbriggs at ucar.edu

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