Timothy Killeen “Climate and Weather Modeling 2008: From a Global to a Regional Perspective"

Start Date/Time: Wednesday, April 23, 2008, 7:30 PM
Location: HUB East Ballroom

THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering presents:
The 2008 Daniel L. and Irma Evans Lecture
Dr. Timothy L. Killeen
“Climate and Weather Modeling 2008: From a Global to a Regional Perspective”
Wednesday, April 23, 2008 - 7:30 p.m.
HUB East Ballroom

The ability of the scientific community to model climate and weather system dynamics has markedly improved over the past decade, with major increases in available computer power, coupled with systematic improvements in the sophistication of the mathematical treatment of the interacting components of the earth system. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group I report, published in 2007, provided a comprehensive assessment of the peer reviewed literature for climate change and summarized the results from more than 15 modeling centers worldwide. One of these centers is the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado, USA. The IPCC assessment stated that warming of the climate system is "unequivocal." The models predict further systematic and significant warming of the planet over the coming decades. The next generation of climate system models will have greater spatial resolution and can be tailored to address decision-making needs at the regional level and for specific economic sectors. In the area of weather modeling, new cloud-resolving techniques are making possible new levels of predictability for severe weather. NCAR is working towards a comprehensive “Earth System modeling” approach which will combine attributes of both the weather and climate modeling systems. This talk will summarize recent developments in climate and weather system modeling at the regional level, with special emphasis on results from the Community Climate System Model (CCSM) and the Weather Research and Forecast (WRF) model. The CCSM was one of the models used within the IPCC assessment and has been developed under the long-term sponsorship from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy.
Dr. Timothy L. Killeen

Director, National Center for Atmospheric Research

President, American Geophysical Union

Born in Cardiff, Wales, Killeen holds a Ph.D. in atomic and molecular physics and a Bachelor of Science with first-class honors from University College, London. Prior to joining NCAR, Killeen was a Professor of Atmospheric and Space Sciences at the University of Michigan. During his tenure at Michigan, he also held positions as Director of the University of Michigan’s Space Physics Research Laboratory and Associate Vice President for Research.

Concurrent with his role as Director of NCAR, Killeen continues his research as a Senior Scientist at NCAR’s High Altitude Observatory, where his research interests include the experimental and theoretical study of the earth’s upper atmosphere. He was a principal investigator and instrument developer for a space-borne Doppler interferometer on the NASA TIMED spacecraft, and co-principal investigator for an NSF Science and Technology Center devoted to numerical modeling of space weather.

He is President of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), a former AMS Councilor and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Killeen has served as President of the Space Physics Section of the American Geophysical Union, and on numerous NASA, NSF, AGU and university committees. He is also a past Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics.

The lecture is free and open to members of the university community. A reception will be held following the lecture in the HUB East Ballroom with refreshments.

For more information, contact:

Autumn Monahan
Assistant to the Chair
Civil and Environmental Engineering

(206) 616-1891
To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at: 206.543.6450 (voice), 206.543.6452 (TTY), 206.685.7264 (fax), or email at dso@u.washington.edu. The University of Washington makes every effort to honor disability accommodation requests. Requests can be responded to most effectively if received as far in advance of the event as possible, preferably at least 10 days.