The Dynamical Core Model Intercomparison Project (DCMIP) and associated two-week summer school from 7/30/2012-8/10/2012 highlighted the newest modeling techniques for global climate and weather models. Special attention was paid to non-hydrostatic global models and their dynamical cores that now emerge in the General Circulation Model (GCM) community. Such future-generation GCMs allow for high-resolution simulations and offer new pathways for embedded variable-resolution meshes.
The objectives of DCMIP and its summer school were (1) to establish an open-access database via the Earth System Grid that hosts DCMIP simulations for community use, (2) to host about 15 dynamical core modeling groups at NCAR in August 2012 for the hands-on student-run DCMIP model intercomparison project, (3) to establish new non-hydrostatic dynamical core test cases in the community that also include simple moisture processes (4) teach a group of about 40 multi-disciplinary students, postdocs and other young researchers how today’s and future atmospheric models are or need to be built, and (5) to hear from keynote speakers who give lectures on modern GCM modeling and evaluation techniques, uncertainty quantification, the lessons-learned from GCM ensembles, the physics-dynamics coupling, innovative computational tools and high-performance aspects. This multidisciplinary two-week summer school and Dynamical Core Model Intercomparison Project (DCMIP) takes place at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, CO, USA. The event brings together graduate students, postdocs, atmospheric modelers, expert lecturers and computer specialists to create a stimulating, unique and hands-on driven learning environment.
The DCMIP virtual workspace is hosted within the Earth System Commodity Governance (CoG) Collaboration Environment which is a multi-functional piece of cyberinfrastructure with funding from NSF. It supports Earth science research by providing Wiki-driven collaboration services combined with data, metadata, download and visualization capabilities. Watch the demo (20 minutes) that explains the characteristics of the shared workspace: http://earthsystemcog.org/projects/cog/tutorials
The DCMIP summer school has been sponsored by NOAA, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy (DoE), NCAR CISL, and the University of Michigan.