Frontal Scale Air-Sea Interaction Workshop

In recent years much attention has been given to the role of ocean frontal and mesoscale variability in air-sea interaction. As part of our DOE and NSF funded projects , we would like to invite you to a workshop investigating the climate implications of such processes. The meeting will be by invite-only and the invitations will go out to about 40 international researchers (modelers and observationalists) who have been actively working on this area.

Focus Areas

The workshop is aimed at improving understanding of the climate response to ocean frontal variability by addressing the following four major Focus Areas:

  1. Model vs. observation representation of local air-sea interaction and how to improve models in a quantitative sense.
  2. Ways forward to estimate/diagnose the large-scale atmospheric response.
  3. Feedback onto the ocean and the coupled problem.
  4. Observational Records required for air-sea interaction analysis.

Workshop Structure

For each of these focus areas we wish to discuss:

  1. The best methods and experimental design to approach the problem;
  2. Areas of limitation or weakness in current methods and models and how/whether they can be improved;
  3. Metrics that can be used for the assessments. For this a meeting of modelers and observationalists would be very beneficial

A potential outcome would be to formulate coordinated model experiments to address the foci, and which would best utilize available and/or planned observational data, and reanalysis data, for validation. We would also like to make a statement of recommendation on which observed datasets (satellite and in-situ) are required to address these questions.

  • Dates: August 5-7, 2013
  • Venue: Center Green, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Boulder, CO, USA
  • By Invitation Only.
  • Announcement
  • Agenda
  • Presentations & Videos
  • Justin Small, NCAR
  • Young-Oh Kwon, WHOI
  • Claude Frankignoul, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie
  • Mike Alexander, NOAA
  • Dima Smirnov, NOAA