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Theme for 2008: Geophysical Turbulence Phenomena

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Workshop 1. Turbulent Theory and Modeling

27-29 February 2008; Boulder, CO

You, your colleagues and students are kindly invited to participate in the Theme-of-the-Year 2008 Geophysical Turbulent Phenomena Workshop 1 entitled "Turbulent Theory and Modeling."

The goals of this Workshop are to explore the problem of turbulent theory and modeling in the atmospheric and oceanic sciences and related fluid dynamical processes.

The Organizing Committee hopes that the workshop will serve to advance the state of the art in theory and modeling in a broad class of GFD applications ranging from global to sub-mesoscales, and to identify open problems and pressing needs in the field.

The Meeting will feature invited lectures by international experts on a wide scope of themes, contributed talks and poster presentations by the participants, round tables and open discussions. Topics will include atmospheric and oceanic turbulence, coherent structures, hurricanes, multiscale modeling strategies, and turbulent parameterizations.


The workshop will be held at the National Center for Atmospheric Reasearch's Mesa Laboratory, Main Seminar Room, 27-29 February 2008.

Invited Speakers

Peter Bartello McGill University, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
Raffaele Ferrari MIT, Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences
Uriel Frisch Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur
Andrew Majda Department of Mathematics and Climate, Atmosphere, Ocean Science (CAOS)
Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University
James McWilliams UCLA, Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics and Department of Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences
David Nolan University of Miami, Division of Meteorology and Physical Oceanography, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
Alan Norton Computational and Information Systems Laboratory, NCAR
Antonello Provenzale Institute of Atmospheric and Climate Science, Turin
Leslie Smith University of Wisconsin at Madison, Department of Mathematics & Department of Engineering Physics
Geoffrey Vallis GFDL and Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Princeton University

Organizing Committee

Keith Julien TOY08 Co-Director and coordinator, University of Colorado
Annick Pouquet TOY08 Co-Director and coordinator, NCAR
Jeffrey Weiss University of Colorado
Elizabeth Wingate Los Alamos National Laboratory


The Institute for Mathematics Applied to Geosciences (IMAGe) 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 four groups; the Data Assimilation Research Section, the Geophysical Statistics Project, the Turbulence Numerics Team, and the Computational Mathematics Group. For more information about IMAGe, including post-doc positions, please contact Doug Nychka.


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.