CLIMATE RESEARCH GROUP

The Climate Research Group at the University of Utah studies climate and climate change with a focus on atmospheric dynamics. We are primarily interested in processes that have global impacts, large spatial scales, and long time scales (weeks and longer).

Projects
Our goal is to contribute to a better understanding of human impacts on our atmospheric environment and to improve predictions of natural and man-made climate variations on all time scales. [Link]

Group
The University of Utah's Climate Research Group consists of several graduate students who are guided by Professor Thomas Reichler.

[Chris Eldred] [Junsu Kim] [Paul Staten] [Chris Pennell] [Thomas Reichler] [Jon Rutz]

Funding
The work of the Climate Research Group is sponsored by grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Department of Energy (DOE), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Tools
For our numerical modeling work we utilize the global climate model AM2 from NOAA/GFDL and the regional WRF model. Another important aspect of our work is the analysis of large 4-dimensional data sets, including output from global climate models, reanalyses, in-situ observations, and satellite data. These data sets are typically analyzed using the Interactive Data Language IDL, which is a popular data analysis language among scientists.

Facilities

Most of our numerical simulations are carried out at University of Utah's Center for High Performance Computing CHPC, which maintains a large computer cluster (3000+ CPUs) for general scientific computing. A sizeable amount of CHPC's overall computing time is made available to the Climate Research Group. In addition, our group utilizes external computing facilities provided by various national centers (NERSC, NCAR).

Group members use personal workstations to connect to the various compute servers. The group owns a 20 processor state-of-the-art analysis cluster with 32 GB of RAM and 22 TByte of disk space, which is primarily used for data analysis tasks. The group has also access to the general computer infrastructure provided by the Department of Meteorology, which consists of Linux based servers, printers, and other hardware.

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