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Theme for 2008: Geophysical Turbulence Phenomena

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Summer School: Geophysical Turbulence

14 July - 1 August 2008, Boulder, Colorado

Due to its inherent multidisciplinary nature, and its reliance on modern observational and experimental techniques, theory, modeling and computation, the field of geophysical turbulence is difficult for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to master. Advancement in the field, by-and-large, requires a collaborative effort involving scientists with diverse backgrounds having an understanding of the methodologies utilized and an appreciation of all the component parts.

Young researchers are thus often required to be proficient in many aspects ranging from observing, applied mathematics, advanced scientific computing, visualization and data analysis. In recognition of this fact, NCAR/IMAGe will host a three week summer school, with partial support from the NSF CMG program, on Geophysical Turbulent Phenomena commencing on July 14th 2008.

The school will focus on three areas associated with geophysical turbulent phenomena:

  1. Observation and Experimentation;
  2. Theoretical Methodology for and Modeling of Geophysical Phenomena;
  3. Computational Methods, Scientific Computing and Visualization.

Principal lecturers

John Clyne Computational and Informational Systems Laboratory, OSD Division, NCAR
Joe Fernando Director, Environmental Fluids Program, Arizona State University
Andrew Majda Department of Mathematics and Climate, Atmosphere, Ocean Science (CAOS)
Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University
Leslie Smith Department of Mathematics & Department of Engineering Physics, University of Wisconsin at Madison
Joseph Werne Senior Scientist, Northwest Research Associates, Colorado Subdivision


The workshop will be held at the National Center for Atmospheric Reasearch's Mesa Laboratory, Main Seminar Room, 14 July - 1 August 2008.


Up to 30 competitive fellowships with stipends covering air travel, local transportation, lodging and meals are available for graduate students. Students are expected to be in residence for the full three weeks of the program.
The organizers anticipate that students will come from a wide array of disciplines including applied mathematics, computational science, atmospheric and oceanic science, applied and fundamental physics amongst others.
Applicants from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged. Additional funds are available for a few young researchers (post PhD) who wish to contribute to the program.


Applicants are required to register, submit a short statement indicating reasons for attending, a CV and a letter from a faculty advisor.
The deadline for applications is March 15th and announcements will be made April 18th.

The summer school is sponsored in part by the The National Science Foundation Collaboration in Mathematical Geosciences

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.