Scientific and computational challenges in understanding climate change

Nov 29, 2010, 12:30 pm1:30 pm
Room 347, Visualization Lab
Event Description
Speaker: Dr. Geoffrey K. Vallis, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory Abstract The Earth's climate system is enormously complex, involving turbulent hydrodynamics, phase transitions and radiation interacting on multiple time and space scales. Some processes within the system are very well understood and some are not. Some processes can be explicitly simulated on modern computers and some cannot. In this talk I will try to give a sense of how we 'compute the climate', why it is both scientifically difficult and computationally challenging, where the field is headed and what, if anything, this all means for our understanding of global warming.