Dynamical Core Model Intercomparison Project (DCMIP)

Summer School on Future-Generation Non-hydrostatic Weather and Climate Models

July 30th, 2012 - August 10th, 2012

National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Boulder, Colorado, USA

Hosted by NCAR's Computational & Information Systems Laboratory (CISL)

Student/Postdoc Application Deadline: April 8th, 2012


Last Updated: January 27th, 2012

DCMIP Summer School on
Future-Generation Non-Hydrostatic Weather and Climate Models

This multidisciplinary two-week summer school and model intercomparison project will be held at the National Center for Atmospheric Research from July 30th to August 10th, 2012. This summer school brings together graduate students, postdocs, atmospheric modelers, expert lecturers and computer specialists to create a stimulating, unique and hands-on driven learning environment. It will lead to an unprecedented student-run international model intercomparison project, and thereby train the future generation of scientists engaged in global atmospheric model developments. Special attention is paid to the role of emerging non-hydrostatic global atmospheric models. In particular we focus on atmospheric dynamical cores, which describe the fluid flow component of general circulation models. The summer school and model intercomparison project will `promote active learning, innovation, discovery, mentorship and the integration of science and education. We anticipate testing about 10-12 dynamical cores that represent a broad spectrum of the modeling approaches in the international weather and climate modeling community.

DCMIP Virtual Community and Shared Workspace

DCMIP is supported by newly developed cyberinfrastructure that we will use to to share information, the model documentation, diagnostics software, metadata, model results, discussion points, online visualization, etc. The shared workspace will be a resource not just for the 2012 summer school, but for all researchers interested in dynamical cores, test cases and the dynamical core data in the future. The software will also build a bridge/links to the Earth System Grid where our intercomparison data will be hosted.
The link is: http://earthsystemcog.org/projects/dcmip-2012/


We invite graduate students and postdoctoral researchers from the atmospheric sciences, applied mathematics and other relevant disciplines to apply. The summer school will engage the participants in the primary options available for global models such as the choice of computational grids, numerical methods, resolutions and physics-dynamics coupling. Students will participate in lectures and tutorial sessions, but devote a large fraction of time to research projects to be developed in small groups. Each group will be assigned to a specific dynamical core which will be used to study a suite of standard test cases. Model-specific tutors will provide expert advise during the hands-on experience. Students will gain in-depth knowledge of the numerical techniques and scientific performance of the dynamical core in question and how it interacts with simplified physical forcings. The goal is to survey the advantages and trade-offs of different computational approaches and grids for climate and weather research.

The two-week lecture program will focus on the scientific aspects of dynamical core development, in particular on problems in dynamical core modeling, numerical methods, the nonlinear physcis-dynamics interplay, the tuning of physical parameterizations, tracer transport and model evaluation. The summer school will also examine emerging computational considerations in atmospheric model development, such as scalability on massively parallel systems, issues that arise from data organization and visualization, and uncertainty quantification. In conjunction with their dynamical core working groups, students will have the opportunity to see the connection between theoretical concepts and functional implementation.

How to participate: Requirements

We will fund about 30 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to join us for this exciting event and play a paramount role in the dynamical core intercomparison project during the afternoon hands-on sessions.

Because of the advanced and quantitative nature of the summer school, we ask for the following prerequisites:

  1. One year of graduate school in a quantitative physical science relevant to numerical modeling of weather and/or climate
  2. A course in numerical methods for solving partial differential equations
  3. Knowledge of a high-level computer language (Fortran90 or similar)
  4. Working knowledge of a Unix or Linux variant of an operating system

Applications: Students & Postdoctoral Researchers

The application webpage is now available! The application period will be open until 4/8/2012. We will then invite the selected participants by mid April.