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Climate Modeling for Scientists and Engineers

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by John B. Drake


2014 / viii + 165 / softcover / ISBN: 978-1-611973-53-2 / List Price $74.00 / SIAM Member Price $51.80 / Order Code MM19

Keywords: climate modeling and analysis, numerical methods, geophysical flow and dynamics, parallel algorithms

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Climate modeling and simulation teach us about past, present, and future conditions of life on earth and help us understand observations about the changing atmosphere and ocean and terrestrial ecology. Focusing on high-end modeling and simulation of earth's climate, Climate Modeling for Scientists and Engineers

  • presents observations about the general circulations of the earth and the partial differential equations used to model the dynamics of weather and climate,
  • covers numerical methods for geophysical flows in more detail than many other texts,
  • discusses parallel algorithms and the role of high-performance computing used in the simulation of weather and climate, and
  • provides supplemental lectures and MATLAB® exercises on an associated Web page.

This book is intended for graduate students in science and engineering. It is also useful for a broad spectrum of computational science and engineering researchers, especially those who want a brief introduction to the methods and capabilities of climate models and those who use climate model results in their investigations. Information on numerical methods used to solve the equations of motion and climate simulations using parallel algorithms on high-performance computers challenges researchers who aim to improve the prediction of climate on decadal to century time scales.

About the Author
John B. Drake was a researcher and group leader at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory for 30 years and led the climate modeling efforts there from 1990 to 2010. His research has included an exploration of new algorithms for high performance computing that could be applied to the simulation of climate on decadal to century time scales; the implementation of a full atmospheric general circulation model on distributed memory message passing computers; and a two-dimensional domain decomposition and parallel spherical harmonic transform algorithms which enabled some of the highest resolution climate simulations ever performed and pioneered the algorithms and methods that are now used on what has become the dominant parallel computing architecture. Through collaborations with the National Center for Atmospheric Research and sister DOE national laboratories, Drake led the SciDAC projects that resulted in the Community Earth System Model (CESM1.0) released in 2010. Drake continues his involvement with the ORNL Climate Change Science Institute as a research professor at the University of Tennessee. He has taught graduate courses on climate modeling in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and conducted research into the impacts of climate change.


ISBN: 9781611973532

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