Advancing X-cutting Ideas for Computational Climate Science

September 12-13, 2016

Summer net surface radiation as simulated by a coupled CESM over the period 1960-2005. Values from CESM correspond to averages over all land surface types. Elevation contours are plotted in black at 0, 1000, 2000, and 3000 m.

Image from Vizcaino et al. J. Climate, 2013.

Charter for workshop and ideas papers guidelines

A workshop to discuss bold, new computational ideas to address longer-term science needs for climate modeling is being convened on September 12-13, 2016 in Rockville, MD. As the climate science community explores a host of critical science questions to be answered over the next 10+ years, with the aim of informing stakeholders about the ongoing changes in global and local climate, there is a growing recognition of the expanding requirements for multiscale, global, coupled Earth system models. We expect them to provide much more detail and fidelity, with a much better understanding of their uncertainties, while still executing robustly and efficiently on ever larger and more complex computing systems.

The DOE Office of Science BER and ASCR programs are sponsoring the event, titled "Advancing Cross-cutting Ideas for Computational Climate Science", or AXICCS 2016. It is a grassroots effort to generate fresh thinking that will mold the optimal science directions and motivate the latest and as yet to be uncovered ASCR developments that will be required to handle new requirements. The workshop will be structured to provide ample opportunities for both computational climate scientists to present the state of the science and critical bottlenecks to go forward and applied mathematicians and computer scientists to respond. Then, follow-up discussions where both groups discuss issues and solutions will allow for a further maturation of ideas. There will be several plenary talks to generate vigorous thought and discussion. A report outlining the challenges, strategies to address them, and possible avenues for execution will be one of the outcomes of the event.

A key aspect to achieve the workshop goals is to brainstorm before the event, and to accomplish this we are soliciting community input in the form of "ideas" papers. Overall space at the event is limited, but we plan to accommodate the lead authors of these ideas papers via a presentation (oral or poster) and acknowledgement in the workshop report. Some of those selected will be included in the workshop write- up. Details about the format for the ideas papers and example templates can be seen here. Ideas papers must be submitted using the link to EasyChair no later than 5:00pm Eastern Time on December 1, 2015, and official invitations to present will be sent to selected lead authors by December 11, 2015. Attendees will need to cover their own travel expenses.

We would like to express our sincere appreciation to the workshop sponsors, the DOE Office of Science BER and ASCR programs, and in particular, Drs. Dorothy Koch and Randall Laviolette for their encouragement to proceed. We also thank those who have volunteered to become a part of the organizing committee.