The Community Climate System Model (CCSM) project has been developed under the National Science Foundation's (NSF) and the Department of Energy's (DOE) sponsorship at NCAR, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as part of the U.S. Global Change Research Program and the U.S. Climate Change Science Program. The project is coordinated by a CCSM Scientific Steering Committee consisting of both NCAR and non-NCAR scientists.
Over the past year, there has been a lot of analysis of CCSM3 Control and IPCC future scenario runs. Thirteen papers on software engineering aspects of the CCSM were published in a special issue of The International Journal of High Performance Computing Applications, Vol 19, No 3, Fall 2005. All 26 papers submitted to the Journal of Climate special issue on CCSM3 have now been accepted. They can be downloaded from the CCSM Website Publications page. In addition, there have been over 200 papers written comparing simulations from all the climate models submitted to the Fourth Assessment Report of the IPCC. Many of these are listed at the IPCC Model Output Page.
Work has already started on future improvements to the existing components of CCSM and to new components that are expected to be added in the future. These plans and improvements will be discussed at the various CCSM working group meetings during the workshop. There will be joint sessions of the Atmosphere and Ocean Working Groups, Land and Biogeochemistry Working Groups, Polar Climate and Paleoclimate Working Groups, and Climate Variability and Climate Change Working Groups. There will also be meetings of the Chemistry-Climate Working Group and the Software Engineering Working Group. There will be a wrap-up session on Thursday afternoon.
There will be one plenary session on Tuesday and one on Wednesday. The Tuesday plenary will have talks from the recipient of the 2006 CCSM Distinguished Achievement Award, Byron Boville, a talk on the State of the CCSM, and a talk entitled "Predicting the Earth System Across Scales" by Dr. Greg Holland, NCAR. The speakers for the Wednesday plenary session are Jonathan Overpeck, University of Arizona; Inez Fung, University of California, Berkeley; and Marty Hoerling, NOAA.
The 2006 CCSM Workshop will be held at the The Village at Breckenridge, in Breckenridge, Colorado. The workshop is open to anyone, but those interested in attending must complete the online registration form (see below). If travel funds are needed, you must submit your registration form no later than Friday, 28 April 2006. When completing the registration form, please indicate specific details of your current work with CCSM or future plans. Lodging, per diem, and ground transportation are most commonly funded.
Inquiries regarding the workshop should be directed to:
NCAR/Community Climate System Model Program Office
P.O. Box 3000
Boulder, CO 80307