The Institute for Mathematics Applied to Geosciences
and the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute
Summer Graduate Workshop on Data Assimilation for the Carbon Cycle
Boulder, CO 8-13 July 2007
Summer Graduate Workshop on Data Assimilation
for the Carbon Cycle
Boulder, CO 8-13 July 2007
This summer school will expose students in the geosciences, ecology,
and mathematics to multidisciplinary science through a focus on
estimating the sources and sinks of carbon for the Earth system.
One goal is to train the next generation of researchers to work
within a multidisciplinary science team that combines geoscientists,
ecologists, applied mathematicians, and
statisticians. Participants will obtain
an overview of this problem but also some specific skills in
tackling inverse problems and working with geophysical and
Quantifying the flow of carbon into and out of the atmosphere
through both natural and human activities is an important problem
in biogeoscience and also a key factor in understanding climate
change. Measurements of atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations
are limited to a small number of towers or to irregular spatial
sampling from the ground or from satellites. The challenge is to
make use of these observations to estimate carbon fluxes into
the atmosphere. A solution to this problem requires a
multidisciplinary perspective that includes an understanding of
the carbon cycle, the use of atmospheric circulation models and
skill in statistical modeling and data assimilation.
Lectures and discussion will be supplemented by a series of
computational examples and exercises based on state-of-the-art
atmospheric and biogeochemical models and will include
Data Assimilation Research Testbed
DART is a publicly-available software environment that supports
a variety of geophysical models, different kinds of observations,
ensemble filters, and smoothers.
Image courtesy of
SAHRA, Journal of Arid Environment
Principal lecturers and invited speakers
This workshop is part of the Thematic Program:
Statistics and Computer Models supported by the
Institute for Mathematics Applied to Geosciences and is also
sponsored by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute.
Morning sessions will include tutorial lectures and afternoon
sessions will use computer exercises to gain enhanced understanding
of the topics presented in lecture. Each day will also feature a
special invited lecture on a topic related to the geosciences,
ecology or applied mathematics.
Meetings will be at the National Center for Atmospheric
Research's Mesa Lab, located on the edge on the Rocky Mountain
foothills above Boulder, Colorado.
Participation and Support
Funding is available to support attendance with special emphasis
given to graduate students and other young researchers. Students
who are not working directly on the workshop topics yet have an
interest in the program, are also encouraged to apply, as are
members of under-represented groups. The
registration form for the workshop provides the opportunity
to apply for financial support.
Everyone who wants to attend the workshop must
register and have all application materials
delivered by 31 March 2007.
Decisions will be made by 7 April 2007.
A letter of application stating your research interests is
required. If you are a graduate student, please include a brief
description of relevant coursework and training and a short letter
of recommendation from a faculty advisor.
Please submit application materials electronically to:
email: sgentile 'at' ucar 'dot' edu
Institute for Mathematics Applied to Geosciences
National Center for Atmospheric Research
The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) exists to
further mathematical research through broadly based programs in
the mathematical sciences and closely related activities.
From its beginning in 1982 the Institute has been primarily funded
by the NSF with additional support from other government agencies,
private foundations, and academic and corporate Sponsors. Now more
than 1500 mathematical scientists visit MSRI each year,
many for substantial periods.
The Institute for Mathematics Applied to Geosciences is a group embedded
within the National Center for Atmospheric Research
(NCAR) for the purpose of
advancing mathematical theory and its application to all facets
of NCAR and the geophysical community at large. IMAGe is substantially
funded by the
National Science Foundation.
NCAR was formed in 1960 and has a broad interdisciplinary research
program involving more that 1000 employees of which several hundred
hold advanced scientific or engineering degrees. The NCAR scientific
program includes nearly all aspects of the atmosphere including
climate and weather, atmospheric chemistry, ecology, instrumentation,
scientific computing, and economic and societal impacts of