Workshop on Mathematical and Geophysical Fluid Dynamics


February 16, 2006

Dr. Cécile Penland, a researcher at the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory, Physical Sciences Division, is participating in a workshop on Mathematical and Geophysical Fluid Dynamic February 13-17, 2006, in Palo Alto, CA. The purpose of this meeting, which is sponsored by the American Institute of Mathematics (AIM), is to discuss current efforts by the international geophysical modeling community to implement stochastic parameterizations in numerical weather and climate models. Dr. Penland is attending as an invited particpant, joining 18 representatives from both research modeling groups and operational forecast centers.

Background:
AIM is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1994 by Silicon Valley businessmen John Fry and Steve Sorenson, longtime supporters of mathematical research. The goals of AIM are to expand the frontiers of mathematical knowledge through focused research projects, through sponsored conferences, and through the development of an on-line mathematics library.

Significance:
The finite resolution of numerical prediction models imposes limits on the ability of these models to take into account the large-scale effects of unresolved processes. Workshops like this one provide an international forum for scientists involved in numerical weather prediction to share ideas on how to make more accurate forecasts, as well as more realistic estimates of the expected errors of those forecasts. Participation supports NOAA's mission goal of understanding climate vaiability and change to enhance society's ability to plan and respond, as well as the cross-cutting priority of international cooperation and collaboration.

Contact: Cécile Penland