NCAR ECSA Junior Faculty Forum on Future Scientific Directions 2009


Connecting Weather and Climate in Theory, Models and Observations

July 14th-16th, 2009, NCAR, Boulder, CO

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 scales.
  • 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.

Updated Preliminary Agenda

Panel Discussion flyer

A stipend consisting of lodging and travel will be available to successful applicants.

What is the JFF?

The Early Career Scientists Assembly (ECSA) hosts the annual NCAR Junior Faculty Forum on future scientific directions with the objective of bringing together junior faculty (or postdoctoral researchers) and members of NCAR's Early Career Scientists Assembly (ECSA) to discuss selected topics in the Geosciences.
This forum is open to non-tenured faculty at UCAR member universities and institutions, with preference given to those within five years of their first professorial academic appointment (some non-tenured faculty at non-member universities/institutions in North America may be considered).

The primary goals of the forum are the following.

* To have junior scientists decide a research plan for future science directions including identification of new and important scientific challenges, development of grant proposals, and planning strategies for conducting research on the identified challenges.
* Encourage collaboration between early career scientists at NCAR and junior faculty and researchers at universities and other research institutions (particularly UCAR member institutions).
A secondary goal of the forum is to familiarize junior faculty with the facilities that NCAR has to offer including models, computers, observational facilities and collaborative opportunities.

List of participants

Logistical information
Driving directions to NCAR Labs
Map of UCAR/NCAR Boulder locations
Transportation to and around Boulder

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