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NCAR’s Director’s Retreat Summary 1 ½ days June 13-14 Presentations of thematic science areas Working group discussions of presentations Plenary Director’s meeting/discussion Cyberinfrastructure - H Tufo Large investments needed for credible effort $100M machines

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NCAR’s Director’s Retreat Summary

  • 1 ½ days June 13-14

  • Presentations of thematic science areas

  • Working group discussions of presentations

  • Plenary

  • Director’s meeting/discussion


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Cyberinfrastructure - H Tufo

  • Large investments needed for credible effort

  • $100M machines

  • $10M/annum Comp Sci personnel

  • Joint activity with science


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Observational Facilities – D Parsons

  • Hiaper deployment

  • Instrument development

  • Satellite/remote sensing


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Tech, observation & decision support systems – B Sharman

  • Research and develop weather and climate forecast systems

  • Deliver decision support tools to users in public and private sectors

  • Coupled modeling/prediction

  • Advanced verification

  • Hydrometeorology

  • Homeland security


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Science and Society - J Kleypas

  • Link climate change to biosphere

  • Link society and science

  • Millennium ecosystem assessment

  • Combine climate change projections with ecosystem response predictions

  • Make model output useful for ecosystem studies


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Learning and Professional Development - M Hagan

  • Life-long learning and professional development

  • Build diversity

  • Fill-in gaps in SOARS

  • Summer faculty fellowships, sabbaticals


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Past, Present and Future Climates - J Kiehl

  • Climate sensitivity

  • Human induced: GHG & Aerosols

  • Modes of climate variability and abrupt change

  • Responses of climate system: water availability, air quality


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Weather & Short-term predictability – C Davis

  • Prediction continuum: hours to interannual

  • Scale interactions and nested models

  • VERY SHORT RANGE prediction: merge nowcast with NWP


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Past, present and future atmos composition - A Guenther

  • Emission, transport, transformation, deposition

  • Chemistry in climate

  • Aerosols, clouds and water cycle

  • Regional air quality-WRF chem

  • Satellite observations


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Sun system and vertical coupling-K MacGregor

  • Solar dynamo modeling-climate forcing

  • Coronal Mass ejections-space weather

  • Linkages to troposphere and coupled sun-earth system


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End Product: 6 GOALS

  • Develop and maintain robust & accesible cyberinfrastucture for…

  • Develop and maintain robust suite of observational facilities for…

  • Investigate, understand and predict the behavior of the Earth and Sun systems

  • Develop technology, observation and decision support systems and transfer them to public/private sector


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End Product: 6 GOALS (cont)

  • Enhance the societal benefits from atmospheric and related sciences

  • Support life-long learning & professional development in atmospheric and…


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NEXT STEP

  • List of 5-10 year objectives under each heading.

  • Position papers from June retreat will feed this step with input from:

  • ESSL Directors’ committee retreat

  • NSA white papers


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Contributed White Papers: to be presented July27-28

  • Remote Sensing (Bob Harriss, Bill Emery)

  • Gravity Waves (Hanli Liu, Brian Ridley)

  • Cyberinfrastructure

  • Regional Climate

  • Earth System Model

  • THORPEX


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Need volunteers for WPs and presentations on

  • Cyberinfrastructure

  • Regional climate

  • Earth system model

  • THORPEX


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