David Randall is a University Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University, and director of the Center for Multiscale Modeling of Atmospheric Processes, an NSF Science and Technology Center. His research interests are in general circulation modeling, cloud-climate studies, and cloud parameterization. He previously served as Assistant Professor, Department of Meteorology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Meteorologist in the Global Modeling and Simulation Branch, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center. He is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society, the American Geophysical Union, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Randall holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Ohio State, and a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from University of California, Los Angeles.

Climate Modeling: What To Do While We Wait for Exascale

3:30 – 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 5
Room 2246, Space Research Building

Cloud processes play a central role in the dynamics of the tropical atmosphere, but for many years the shortcomings of cloud parameterizations have limited our ability to simulate and understand important weather systems. Since about 2001, “super-parameterization” has emerged as a new path forward, complementing but not replacing conventional approaches. This talk will outline the method, summarize its strengths and limitations, and show some recent results, including climate change simulations.

This event is presented by the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences, and the Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery and Engineering.