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Earth System Prediction Capability (ESPC) Workshop

1:00pm, 7 September, 2010 - 12:00pm, 10 September, 2010
David Skaggs Research Center / Room GC-402
325 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80305

The purpose of this workshop is to establish the initial vision and goals for a program to collaborate on the development and operational implementation of a national Earth System Prediction Capability (ESPC). The workshop will identify the scientific challenges for establishing an ESPC and review the operational needs of the U.S. environment / climate communities. The Workshop outcome will be a plan to create a development roadmap, a science and administrative structure and an agreement to develop the ESPC within a collaborative framework.

Workshop Goals:

  • A statement of the need for an ESPC
  • Identification of the scientific and technical challenges for the ESPC
  • A commitment by Federal agencies and the broader science community to pursue an ESPC
  • A plan to develop a general Roadmap for achieving an ESPC
  • An initial science collaboration structure
  • Suggestions for an agency programmatic / management structure

Agenda: -September 2010

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Tuesday - September 7, 2010
Session I: Vision and Goals
Kim CurryEarth System Prediction Capability (ESPC)
RADM Dave TitleyEarth System Prediction Capability Workshop
Dr. Jack HayesNational Weather Service Perspectives on Future Earth Systems Modeling
Richard W. SpinradEarth System Prediction Capability
Chet KoblinskyUnited States Global Change Research Program
Wednesday - September 8, 2010
Session II: Future Needs for Environmental Predictions (Lead: Curry)
Dr. Louis W. UccelliniGlobal Model Systems – Operational Considerations
Dave McCarrenNavy NUOPC Requirements Battlespace on Demand
John ZapotocnyEnvironmental Modeling Current Capabilities & Future Needs
Dr. Tsengdar LeeNASA's Observation-Driven Modeling in Support of Future Satellite Missions
Alexander E. MacDonaldFuture Modeling Needs
Session III: Identifying the Scientific and Computational Challenges (Lead: Peng)
Warren M. WashingtonThe Computational Future for Climate and Earth System Models:On the path to Etaflop
James J. HackThe Path to the Exascaleand Challenges for Climate Change Science
V. RamaswamyGlobal Modeling: From the Physical Climate System to the Earth System
James B White III (Trey)Performance Opportunies and Obstacles for Earth System Prediction
Mark GovettUsing GPUs for Weather and Climate Models
Session IV: a R & D Roadmap Part I (Lead: Peng)
Rich NealePrediction and projection research activities using the NCAR-DOE Community Earth System Model (CESM)
Mark TaylorGlobal Atmospheric Modeling with Regional Resolution
Steven E. KochGlobal Nonhydrostatic Earth System Model Development for Weather and Intraseasonal Climate Prediction
Frank GiraldoCurrent and Future Development of a Non-hydrostatic Unified Atmospheric Model (NUMA)
Thursday - September 9, 2010
Session IV: Establishing a R & D Roadmap Part II (Lead: Sandgathe)
S.-J. LinGFDL non-hydrostatic finite-volume dynamical core on the cubed-Sphere and the Global “Cloud-resolving” Model Developments
Bill SkamarockA Unified Modeling System for Weather and Regional Climate Prediction
Wei Kuo TaoCloud Resolving Model Simulation
Dr. Simon W. ChangNavy Coupled Systems
Todd RinglerModel for Prediction Across Scales
David E. SiskindLinkages and Coupling Between the Lower and Upper Atmosphere
Phil JonesOcean, Sea Ice and Land Ice Modeling
JacobsCurrent and planned Navy ocean modeling capability
Steve LordEarth System Prediction System: Land Modeling
Fiona HorsfallJoint Center for Environmental Analysis, Prediction, and Projection (JCEAPP): A Coordinated Approach to U.S. Modeling Efforts
Session V: Organizing the Scientific Effort (Lead: Lord)
Panel Discussion
Scott HarperSo, what have we learned from the workshop?
Don AndersonHow do we develop a science collaboration structure?
Friday - September 10, 2010
Session VI: Program Administration (Lead: Curry)
Kim CurryWrap Up