While the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility and Atmospheric System Research (ASR) and Earth System Modeling (ESM) programs have made considerable contributions to the understanding of the atmospheric component of Earth’s climate system and to development and evaluation of global climate model parameterizations, greater advances may follow from closer coordination among these programs. In order to develop the next generation of climate models, a multidisciplinary team of observationalists and modelers, from local to global scales, might more effectively address the major uncertainties in understanding and modeling the atmospheric system.
To that end, the Climate and Environmental Sciences Division (CESD) within the Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) of the DOE Office of Science convened a workshop in October 2015 that focused on improving model treatment of atmospheric processes. Leading scientists from the ARM Facility, ASR, and Accelerated Climate Modeling for Energy (ACME) project in the ESM program came together to improve coordination of their efforts and resources.
Under the main focus of refining and evaluating global climate model paramaterizations regarding the Earth’s atmosphere, workshop participants established priorities for developing model representations of cloud dynamics, agreed on critical measurements required for improving models at various scales, and hammered out strategies to improve communication between measurement and modeling scientists.
The report from the workshop is now available on the Office of Science BER website.
This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, through the Biological and Environmental Research program as part of the Atmospheric System Research program.