Modelling the Climate System at Ultra-High-Resolution: Resolving atmospheric storms, ocean sub-mesoscale eddies, rivers and glaciers

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Modelling the Climate System at Ultra-High-Resolution: Resolving atmospheric storms, ocean sub-mesoscale eddies, rivers and glaciers

The WCRP Digital Earths Lighthouse Activity and Earth System Modelling and Observations (ESMO) Core Project are jointly convening a workshop to bring together all relevant communities interested in ultra-high-resolution modelling.

The workshop is planned to be in person from October 3-7, 2022 at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, CO, U.S.A. Public health regulations permitting.

This workshop is motivated by the urgent need for improved climate information and the major advantages and scientific potential of ultra-high-resolution climate modeling.

This workshop aims to:

  • Bring very high-resolution modellers of different communities (atmosphere, ocean, land, ice but also global and regional) and sub-components (physics and diagnostics) together.
  • Raise awareness of scientific and computational issues faced by the various communities when moving to ultra-high-resolution.
  • Discuss the applications and use of ultra-high resolution global models by identifying things that we already know do not work or that we anticipate not to work
  • Share current progress in simulating various spheres at ultra-high-resolution and in coupling them
  • Identify key challenges and joint community tasks that can be achieved within one- to two-years

The intended outcomes include the establishment of a global research network with expertise in ultra-high-resolution (kilometer-scale or finer) global and regional Earth system modelling including its individual components. The workshop outcomes will be documented in a white paper.

Please contact Andrew Gettelman or Andreas Prein with any questions.

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