IMAGe Brown Bag - Towards a Regional CESM

08/22/2016 - 12:00pm

Towards a Regional CESM: an overview of model development activities and scientific results

Raffaele Montuoro, Ph.D.

Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Texas A&M University

While high-resolution regional models are widely used in weather forecasting and downscaling studies, recent research has shown that this approach may provide valuable insight into larger-scale climate processes that the current generation of global climate models fails to fully represent. Notable examples are: the simulated strength and position of oceanic fronts associated with western boundary currents—such as the Kuroshio and Gulf Stream extensions— as well as the persistent sea-surface biases in the tropical Atlantic. In particular, the use of high-resolution regional coupled models that can resolve air-sea interaction processes at finer spatial and temporal scales has lately emerged as a quite effective tool for addressing more fundamental questions related to climate mechanisms.

This talk will introduce our ongoing development work towards a coupled regional earth system model (CRESM) within the CESM/CPL7 framework, and will provide an overview of recent results obtained using increasingly complex versions of a high-resolution regional climate model.

Monday, August 22, 2016
12:00-1:00 pm
Mesa Lab, Damon Room
(Bring your lunch)