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The Institute for Mathematics Applied to Geosciences
Theme for 2006: Emerging Mathematical Strategies for
Multi-Scale and Stochastic Modeling of the Atmosphere and Climate

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T-O-Y 2006 Workshops Plan

Four interdisciplinary one-week workshops during Fall Spring 2005-2006 with both a tutorial research/expository component for two days and a contemporary research component for the last three days.

Workshop III. Stochastic and Statistical Parameterization of
Unresolved Features in the Atmosphere and Upper Ocean.

27 February - 3 March 2006; Boulder, CO


The workshop will be held at the National Center for Atmospheric Research's Mesa Laboratory Main Seminar Room located in the foothills above beautiful Boulder, Colorado.

Atmospheric Science Topics:

  1. Stochastic and/or statistical parameterization of convection, orography, surface fluxes, etc.
  2. Low order stochastic models for low frequency variablity
  3. Pinning parameters in parameterization through contemporary data assimilation strategies
Applied Math Topics:
  1. Systematic strategies for stochastic mode reduction
  2. Novel coarse gaining strategies using coupled birth death processes
  3. Bayesian hierarchical statistical models for parameterizations

Participation and Support

Funding is available to support attendance with special emphasis given to graduate students and other young researchers. Researchers 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.
Registration deadline for financial support is 23 January 2006.
Registration to attend the workshop is 25 February 2006 .

Walk-Ins Welcome!

Application Procedures for financial support

A letter of application stating your research interests is required. If a graduate student, please include a description of relevant coursework and training, CV, and short letter of recommendation from a faculty advisor.

Tentative Workshop Speakers

Jeff Anderson, NCAR
Judith Berner, ECMWF
Grant Branstator, NCAR
Daan Crommelin, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences
Christian Franzke Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences
Jorgen Frederiksen, CSIRO
David Holland, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences
Markos Katsoulakis, University of Massachusetts
Boualem Khouider, University of Victoria
Sergey Kravtsov, University of Wisconsin
Adam Monahan, University of Victoria
Paul Roundy, NOAA/CIRES/AL
Prashant Sardeshmukh, NOAA/CIRES
Ilya Timofeyev, University of Houston
Bruno Tremblay, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Eric Vanden-Eijnden, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences
Chris Wikle, University of Missouri

Organizing Committee

Joe Tribbia NCAR tribbia .at. ucar .dot. edu
Andy Majda Courant  


The Institute for Mathematics Applied to Geosciences is a group 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. IMAGe is composed of three groups; the Data Assimilation Research Section, the Geophysical Statistics Project, and the Turbulence Numerics Team. For more information about IMAGe, including post-doc positions, please contact Doug Nychka (nychka .at. ucar .dot. edu).


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 atmospheric processes.