WCRP/DCMIP Summer School on Earth System Model Development – August 10-14. 2020 – NCAR

Joint WCRP and DCMIP Summer School on Earth System Model Development: Dynamical cores and physics-dynamics coupling


Dates: August 10-14. 2020

Location: Mesa Lab, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Boulder, CO, USA

The Dynamical Core Model Intercomparison Project (DCMIP) and its joint World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) Summer School highlights the newest modeling techniques for global Earth system models. The overarching theme of this summer school is physics-dynamics coupling.

The objectives of the joint WRCP and DCMIP Summer School are (1) to teach a group of 30 extraordinary multi- disciplinary students and postdocs how today’s and future atmospheric models are or need to be built, and (2) to use idealized test cases to expose selected model design choices in simplified modeling frameworks based on NCAR’s Community Earth System Model (CESM) and the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM). DCMIP-2020 thereby continues the DCMIP-2008, DCMIP-2012 and DCMIP-2016 model intercomparison and summer school series as well as the 1st and 2nd WCRP summer school series on Climate Model Development.

The application period will open on March/31/2020 and will stay open until May/1/2020. Invitations to the summer school will be sent by mid May 2020.


Morning lectures from experts in the field on select topics associated with atmospheric model theory, design and development. Topics include:

– Introduction to Earth System Modeling
– Numerical methods
– Computational performance + challenges
– Physics parameterizations
– Diffusion, filters and fixers
– Physics-dynamics coupling
– Invariant conservation
– Tracer transport
– Model verification and validation


Practical hands-on afternoon sessions run by model leads where students will execute and explore the dynamical cores of CESM (for example, NOAA’s FV3 dynamical core and NCAR’s version of the spectral-element dynamical core) and E3SM (DOE’s non-hydrostatic spectral-element dynamical core) in a simplified model framework. Test cases include Held-Suarez, aquaplanet, radiative-convective equilibrium, and weather forecast experiments.


https://www.earthsystemcog.org/projects/dcmip-2020/ or contact 

Sponsors include the National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Travel support is available for approximately 30 students and postdocs. Registration will open on or about March 31, 2020 and close May 1, 2020. Invitations will be sent out by May 15, 2020.

Organizing Committee:

Peter Lauritzen, NCAR
Adam Herrington, NCAR
Christiane Jablonowski, University of Michigan
Hugh Morrison, NCAR
Kevin Reed, Stony Brook University
Mark Taylor, Sandia National Laboratories
Paul Ullrich, University of California Davis
Colin Zarzycki, Pennsylvania State University