SAMSI climate year opens with August workshop

SAMSI is holding a dedicated year on climate in 2017-18. The opening workshop is August 21-25. It would be great if MCRN members would come!

Please check the SAMSI web-site at

The deadline for applications is July 6, 2017.  There is likely to be some funding for participants who don't have their own funding to attend.

Location: Hamner Conference Center in Research Triangle Park.

Description: This workshop serves to introduce the activity of the entire SAMSI program that will last from August 2017 through May 2018. There will be overview lectures by leading scientists in the field, a series of sessions of research talks and round table discussions, discussions and initial meetings of Working Groups, and a short course on computational methods.

The opening day (August 21) will consist of five Overview Lectures designed to highlight major areas of climate science for which there is a need for input from mathematicians and statisticians.

Speakers and summary titles are:
Vipin Kumar (University of Minnesota): Climate Informatics
Kristie Ebi (University of Washington): Climate and Health
Leonard Smith (London School of Economics): Science, Simulation and Insight
Bill Collins (Lawrence Berkeley National Lab): Mathematical Challenges in Climate Modeling
Kenneth Kunkel (North Carolina State University): Climate Datasets

The next three days will include research sessions featuring invited talks on the following topics: Remote Sensing; Ice Dynamics; Climate Informatics; Climate and Health; Stochastic Parameterizations. There will also be round-table discussions on the following topics: Climate Extremes; Climate and Risk Analysis.

The Thursday afternoon session will be a Working Groups formation session. Leaders of proposed Working Groups will make 5-minute presentations and this will be followed by initial organizational meetings of the groups themselves. The topics for the Working Groups are constantly being updated but, as of the time of writing, the proposed topics are: Remote Sensing; Parameter Estimation; Data Assimilation; Data Analytics; Climate Prediction; Extremes; Stochastic Parameterizations; Climate and Health; Food Systems; Ice Dynamics; Detection and Attribution.

Working group discussions will continue Friday morning. Finally, the afternoon of Friday, August 25, Doug Nychka and Dorit Hammerling (both from the Institute for Mathematics Applied to Geosciences, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder CO) will present a 3-hour short course on “Computational Methods for Climate Science” (question #20.5 on the on-line application form.)

Confirmed Speakers currently include:

Judith Berner (National Center for Atmospheric Research)
Veronica Berrocal (University of Michigan)
Chris Bretherton (University of Washington)
Alberto Carrassi (Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center [NO])
Howard Chang (Emory University)
Bill Collins (Lawrence Berkeley National Lab)
Noel Cressie (University of Wollongong [AU])
Dan Crichton (NASA)
Imme Ebert-Uphoff (Colorado State University)
Kristie Ebi (University of Washington)
Montse Fuentes (Virginia Commonwealth University)
Andrew Gettelman (National Center for Atmospheric Research)
Dorit Hammelring (National Center for Atmospheric Research)
Murali Haran (Penn State University)
Charles Jackson (University of Texas)
Matthias Katzfuss (Texas A&M University)
Vipin Kumar (University of Minnesota)
Kenneth Kunkel (North Carolina State University)
Adam Monahan (University of Victoria – British Columbia [CA])
Claire Monteleoni (George Washington University)
Leonard Smith (London School of Economics)
Deborah Sulsky (University of Minnesota)
Jason West (University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill)


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