NCAR Theme-of-the-Year: Geophysical Turbulence Phenomena

November 19, 2007

February July 2008 The Institute of Mathematics Applied to Geosciences, NCAR Organizers: Keith Julien and Annick Pouquet

The scientific leaders of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) recognized early on that in order to understand the dynamics of the atmosphere and oceans and the planetary boundary layer, the sun and solar-terrestrial interactions, investigating relevant turbulent processes at a fundamental level would be essential. Turbulence has remained both a vital and challenging field, taking on added importance as the geosciences tackles the multi-scale interactions that characterize the Earth-Sun system. The difficulty of solving classical problems in turbulence through direct mathematical analysis has engendered a multidisciplinary approach where mathematical and physical models, computational science, observations and experiments are combined to make advances. The Theme-of-the-Year (TOY) for 2008 includes a series of workshops exploring turbulence from these different perspectives with the goal of increasing the interconnections among theory, computation and experiments. The final activity of this TOY is a summer school with the intent of bringing new researchers into this field and giving them a multidisciplinary perspective.

The TOY-08 will be led by Keith Julien (Applied Mathematics, University of Colorado at Boulder) and Annick Pouquet (Geophysical Turbulence Program, NCAR) with workshops and schools being held in Boulder, CO.

Workshop I: Turbulent Theory and Modeling. 27-29 February 2008

Workshop II: Petascale Computing for Geophysical Turbulence. 5-7 May 2008

Workshop III: Observing the Turbulent Atmosphere: Sampling Strategies, Technology, and Applications. 28-30 May 2008

Summer School: Geophysical Turbulence. 14 July - 1 August 2008

The workshops are planned to accommodate 20-30 people and be a blend of research presentations along with ample time for discussions and more informal interaction. Researchers and students in applied mathematics, geoscience, computational science, and statistics are encouraged to participate. The summer school will draw on the material from the preceding workshop and will feature prominent researchers in turbulence.

Funding is available to support participation with emphasis on awards to students, young researchers, and underrepresented groups.

Additional information: http://www.image.ucar.edu/ThemeOfTheYear/2008/.


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