Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan

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Professor Rood comments on National Academy of Sciences report

Posted: September 13, 2012

Professor Rood comments on National Academy of Sciences report

Professor Rick Rood is a member of the National Academy of Sciences' Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, which recently published a report titled “A National Strategy for Advancing Climate Modeling.”

The report explains there is a need for more detailed climate projections because climate change has pushed climate patterns beyond historic norms. These changing patterns affect decision makers in a range of fields, such as insurance, agriculture and emergency preparedness planning.

In his blog, Rood gives this example of a question climate modeling should strive to answer:
“When will we have to rebuild the dry dock in Newport News, Virginia and how high will it have to be?”

The abstract found a few solutions to move towards answering that question. One recommendation is “an annual U.S. climate modeling forum [to] help bring the nation's diverse modeling communities together with the users of climate data.”

In support of this, Rood states, “There is a requirement for scientific investigation focused on specific questions or classes of problems…addressing these problems requires the combined efforts of many individuals from several professional backgrounds.”

The report also recommends “evolving to a shared software infrastructure for building, configuring, running, and analyzing climate models,” and developing “a national information technology infrastructure that builds on existing efforts to facilitate and accelerate data display, visualization, and analysis, for experts and the wider user community.”

As a final comment, Rood states “The message of this report is synthesis, integration, and coordination.”

To learn more about the report, register for the free webinar on September 28 at 1:30 P.M. You will be able to watch live presentations from the board, and ask questions.

Read the report abstract here.

Read Professor Rood's blog post here.

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