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1998 CSM Workshop Announcement

Breckenridge, Colorado - June 22-24, 1998

The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is continuing to develop the state-of-the-art Climate System Model (CSM) for community applications. The project is coordinated by a Scientific Steering Committee consisting of both NCAR and non-NCAR scientists.

The present CSM consists of atmospheric and oceanic general circulation models, a land surface biophysics model, and a sea-ice model. The model components are connected by a mass and energy conserving "flux coupler" that also allows flexibility in the spatial resolutions of the component models and straightforward implementation of alternate components. A 300-year run with an accurate simulation of the present climate with very little drift in surface temperature fields has been completed.

The second Climate System Model Workshop was held in June, 1997, in Breckenridge, Colorado. At that workshop we discussed current results; planned future experiments and developments; and had working group meetings focusing on the atmospheric, seasonal to interannual variability, decadal to centennial variability, polar climate, anthropogenic, land/biogeochemical processes, paleoclimate, ocean, and chemistry components of the model. The CSM project has been developed under National Science Foundation (NSF) and interagency sponsorship as part of the U.S. Global Change Research Program.

The 1998 workshop agenda will be finalized in the spring and will be available at this Web site. Several updates to model components will be presented and discussed, and all working groups will meet on Tuesday, 23 June 1998. Our aim is to continue to foster a community of model developers and users.

The workshop is open, but space is limited. Therefore, scientists interested in attending the workshop must send in the registration form. Registration forms can also be mailed or faxed if necessary. All participants MUST register, although registration may not guarantee attendance depending on availability of space. Limited travel funds may be available, and the registration form should indicate details of any financial requirements for support.


Inquiries regarding the workshop should be directed to:

Lydia Harper
NCAR/Climate System Model Program Office
P.O. Box 3000
Boulder, CO 80307
E-mail: Phone: 303-497-1320; Fax: 303-497-1314