We are writing to invite you to participate in the 2nd NCEP/NOAA
Workshop on Numerical Weather and Climate Modeling to be held in Austin,
Texas April 19–21, 2010. The purpose of the workshop on Numerical
Weather and Climate Modeling is to develop the next-generation NCEP Land
Surface Model for climate and environmental predictions on timescales
from intraseasonal to decadal.
Traditionally, land-surface models (LSMs) provide bottom boundary conditions (or surface fluxes) for weather and climate models in the form of reflected solar radiation, upward emission of longwave radiation, and turbulent exchanges of heat, moisture, and momentum with the lower atmosphere. Recently, LSMs are being asked to do more or to merge with other types of models including surface hydrology (runoff and streamflow with implications for flooding and drought, soil chemistry, nutrient transport, and freshwater inflow to coastal zones), groundwater (aquifers, irrigation, and human withdrawals), ecology (vegetation growth and health, crop yield, wetlands and other terrestrial ecosystems, and marine ecosystems), and air quality (biogenic emissions, urban canopy layer, and dry deposition). New data assimilation methods are being explored to take advantage of terrestrial remote-sensing products to improve LSMs’ predictive skills.
The above trend is broadly aligned with earth system modeling approaches that integrate observations, process understanding, prediction, and risk assessment. As a research community, we are facing the emerging need to provide climate services for water resources management and other decision support systems.
The objective of the workshop is to advance LSMs in general and the NCEP Noah LSM in particular by addressing our growing need for multiscale and multidisciplinary modeling in the context of petascale computing architecture, and to bring new perspectives on how to model the land surface for weather, climate, and environmental studies. A result of this workshop will be a 4 to 6 page white paper that provides recommendations for future research directions and priorities.
We cordially invite you to participate, and hope you will be able to present a paper that contributes to the meeting objectives. A skeleton workshop outline is included. The NOAA Climate Program Office, the Jackson School of Geosciences and NSF have graciously agreed to help participants with their travel expenses if needed. To apply for travel support we ask that you please send us an approximate expense summary, including the dates you will attend, with your affirmative reply. Please contact Jamie Wentz at email@example.com by February 15th to let us know if you will be able to attend.
Zong-Liang Yang, Coordinator
Michael B. Ek, Co-Lead
Robert E. Dickinson, Lead