Dynamical Core Model Intercomparison Project 2016

June 6 - 17, 2016

National Center for Atmospheric Research, Center Green
Application Deadline:  March 14th, 2016
Over the past fifty years, Earth-system models have given us incredible insight into the influence of the changing climate on regional and global scales.  A major component of these models is the atmospheric dynamical core, which is responsible for solving the equations of fluid motion within the atmosphere. Substantial investments are now being made in the development of new dynamical cores at modeling centers around the world, driven by the need for more accurate and efficient models, the call for more practicable climate data at the fine scales, and the rapid growth of supercomputing architectures. More attention has been directed at inaccuracies and biases that arise due to the relatively crude division between physical parameterizations and dynamics.  To better understand these systems, the Dynamical Core Model Intercomparison Project aims to intercompare cutting-edge dynamical cores and provide a forum to exchange ideas and advance education on dynamical core development.
DCMIP aims to fund approximately 35 students and postdoctoral participants (both domestic and international) for travel and lodging expenses over the duration of the workshop.  Students must submit an application describing research interests, technical skills and past experience, along with one letter of recommendation from an advisor or supervisor.  Applicants will be informed by March 31st, 2016 on their acceptance to the workshop.
Morning Summer School
Morning lectures from experts in the field on select topics associated with atmospheric model theory, design and development.  Topics include:

• Earth System Modeling and the Role of the Atmospheric Component Model
• Numerical Methods in Dynamical Cores
• High-Resolution Atmospheric Modeling
• Tracers in Atmospheric Models
• Physical Parameterizations
• Dynamics-Physics Coupling
• Evaluating Global Atmospheric Models
• Emerging Computational Aspects
• Informing the Science
Afternoon Workshop
Hands-on afternoon sessions run by model leads where students will execute and explore the newest generation atmospheric models.  Students will receive hands-on experience with these dynamical cores in small groups to simulate a baroclinic instability, tropical cyclone and supercell storm.

Participating dynamical cores include FV3, HOMME, MPAS-A, DYNAMICO, IFS-FV, CSU, NICAM, NIM, NEPTUNE, ICON, GEM, OLAM, TEMPEST and CHOMBO.
Organizing Team
Paul Ullrich, University of California Davis
Christiane Jablonowski, University of Michigan
James Kent, University of South Wales
Peter Lauritzen, National Center for Atmospheric Research
Ram Nair, National Center for Atmospheric Research
Kevin Reed, Stony Brook University
Colin Zarzycki, National Center for Atmospheric Research
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