2012 IARC Summer School: Climate System Modeling: Downscaling Techniques and Practical Applications

Location: 
International Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA
Date: 
Monday, July 16, 2012 - 03:00pm AKDT to Friday, July 27, 2012 - 03:00pm AKDT

This two-week 2012 IARC Summer School: "Climate System Modeling: Downscaling Techniques and Practical Applications" was hosted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks and sponsored by the Department of Interior’s Alaska Climate Science Center, brought graduate students and young scientists together with academic specialists in climate science and decision makers from both the public and private sectors. The summer school was specifically designed to immerse a new generation of scientists in the opportunities and challenges of climate modeling. Alaska and the Arctic served as testbeds for regional downscaling, although the methods used in the summer school are suitable for applications elsewhere.

The main focus of the summer course was how to apply available observations and global and regional model output to meet user needs at the local and regional scales. Introductory overviews of major components of the climate system, including features unique to the Arctic, were followed by details of how those observations and modeling efforts can be made useful to stakeholders. Dialog with individuals from government agencies, industry and local communities helped to foster understanding of the problem of communicating climate science to society.

The summer school consisted of lectures and technical sessions in the mornings and mini-projects and informal discussions in the afternoons. Mini-projects were performed in collaboration with faculty members and lecturers. All participants gave short presentations on their mini-projects at the end of the two-week period. Because one of the goals of the summer school is to bridge observations and modeling with ‘real-world’ applications, classroom lectures were complemented by field trips to research sites around interior Alaska.

The summer school provided opportunities for students and scientists from the different regional DoI Climate Science Centers to interact and share experiences. Summer school participants included competitively-selected graduate students from outside of the Climate Science Center Network, with several participants from the international scientific community.

The workshop was coordinated by Vladimir Alexeev, John Walsh, Scott Rupp, and Stephen Gray