[Ecsa] NCAR Junior Faculty Forum 2009

Gabriele Pfister pfister at ucar.edu
Mon Jan 26 13:36:39 MST 2009

Dear Colleague,

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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