[Ecsa] NCAR Junior Faculty Forum 2009
pfister at ucar.edu
Mon Jan 26 13:36:39 MST 2009
The topic of this year's National Center for Atmospheric Research
Early Career Scientist Association's Junior Faculty Forum is
"Connecting Weather and Climate in Theory, Models and Observations"
This workshop will be held from July 14th to 16th, 2009 at NCAR,
Boulder, CO, USA. The announcement of this workshop and further
information can be found at
This forum is open to Junior Faculty and members of NCAR's ECSA.
Funding support can be provided for US domestic travels.
Please feel free to forward this message to anyone who might be
interested in this workshop.
For more information, please contact Judith Berner (berner at ucar.edu)
or Adam Monahan (monahana at uvic.ca)
============================= Junior Faculty Forum 2009
Connecting Weather and Climate in Theory, Models and Observations
Although it is well known that weather and climate are but two facets
of a complex nonlinear system with broad ranges of interacting scales,
weather and climate models have traditionally been developed separately.
Increasingly, the recognition of weather and climate as parts of a
single multi-scale system has grown, and a seamless approach to all
scales has been advocated. There are now efforts on the one hand to
run climate models at high resolution, and on the other hand to extend
non-hydrostatic regional models to the global domain. However, the
need to provide uncertainty estimates (e.g., for the IPCC)
necessitates running not one but an ensemble of climate models.
Furthermore, processes on timescales of decades and longer require
long model integrations.
The aim of this forum is to bring together meteorologists,
climatologists, applied mathematicians and statisticians, to develop
strategies for assessing, understanding, and modeling the relationship
between weather and climate.
Specific issues of interest include:
Identification of specific physical weather phenomena which couple
strongly to climate and for which a subgrid-model is necessary (e.g.,
MJO, organized convection, atmospheric boundary layer, hurricanes).
Strategies for balancing the competing needs of resolution, domain
size, duration of simulation, ensemble size and the explicit modelling
of key processes (physical, biological, or chemical)?
Generalized strategies for dealing with subgrid-scale variability in a
macroscopic model and nonlinear interactions of subgrid- and resolved
Alternatives to resolving weather in climate ensembles (e.g.,
stochastic parameterization or cloud-resolving convective
parameterization), and novel strategies to use high-resolution or
observational data to develop parameterizations.
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