Carbon-Climate Connections in the Earth System

Graduate Student Colloquium

Event Type: Field Training and Schools

When: 29 July 2013 to 16 August 2013

Where: Boulder, Colorado

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The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) announces that the Advanced Study Program 2013 summer colloquium will be held 29 July - 16 August 2013 in Boulder, Colorado. Entitled "Carbon-Climate Connections in the Earth System," the program will fund travel and living expenses for about 25 graduate student participants.

This colloquium is designed for graduate students who have completed at least one year in a field related to biogeochemistry or Earth system modeling. The colloquium will focus on the physical, biological, and chemical mechanisms that regulate the global carbon cycle. It will feature lectures from international experts on key aspects of the carbon cycle and its representation in Earth system models. Lectures will address both terrestrial and ocean biogeochemical systems, and include observational and modeling perspectives. Furthermore, lectures will be given on coupled climate modeling and analytical techniques relevant to carbon cycle science. Tutorials and computer-based exercises will provide experience working with models spanning a range of complexity. Student projects will examine the behavior of cutting-edge Earth system models in simulations submitted to phase five of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP5).

Attendees will obtain an integrated conceptual understanding of the processes regulating the global carbon cycle. Students will learn state-of-the-art modeling approaches used in Earth system models and recognize key elements contributing to uncertainty in future projections. Student will gain hands-on experience working with model output and the observational data sets used to calibrate and evaluate the models.

Application deadline: Friday, 15 February 2013.