Community Terrestrial Systems Model Tutorial

The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is offering a week-long tutorial on the Community Terrestrial Systems Model (CTSM) hosted by the Climate & Global Dynamics laboratory (CGD) on 4-8 February 2019. CTSM is a unified land model for climate, weather, hydrology, and ecology. The Community Land Model (CLM5) is an instantiation of CTSM. Configurations for Numerical Weather Prediction, hydrology, and ecology (CLM-FATES) research applications are in development and are likely to be available by the tutorial. This tutorial will use a combination of lectures and practical sessions to provide an introduction to the CTSM, including new features such as FATES, representative hillslopes, and anthropogenic land and water management practices.

Learning objectives include:

  • Understanding ecological, biogeochemical, biogeophysical, and hydrologic theory underpinning the CTSM
  • Running and modifying components of the CTSM
  • Analyzing CTSM output

The tutorial will be taught primarily by the staff of the Terrestrial Sciences Section at NCAR and is intended for graduate students and postdocs in ecology, hydrology, environmental sciences, climate or related fields.

The application deadline for the tutorial has passed.

The cut off date for registration was 09 January 2019.

Event Details

Event Start Date: February 4th 2019
Event End Date: February 8th 2019
Location: NCAR Mesa Lab, Boulder CO

Webcast Information:
Main Seminar Room

Tutorial Photos:

A block of rooms has been reserved for February 03, 2019 - February 09, 2019 at the Best Western Plus Boulder Inn.

If you requested travel support, we will book your shared room so please do not contact the hotel directly. When you register for the meeting, a question will be listed in reference to this

If you did not request travel support and are booking your own room, please make your reservations using the link here or view our lodging page for more information.

Event Agenda

  • View the agenda here

Event Files

Monday, 04 February 2019

Title Presenter
Welcome & Logistics Dave Lawrence & Danica Lombardozzi
Terrestrial System Overview Gordon Bonan
CLM Overview Dave Lawrence
CTSM Overview & numerical methods Martyn Clark
Practical Running CLM & Basic analysis Danica Lombardozzi

Tuesday, 05 February 2019

Title Presenter
Fluxes in Plant Canopies Gordon Bonan
Hydraulic Conductance Daniel Kennedy
Hydrology Sean Swenson
Snow Dave Lawrence
River Routing Martyn Clark
Practical Postprocessing Keith Oleson
Practical Land Model Benchmarking Dave Lawrence
Practical Basic Modifications & Analysis Jackie Shuman & Katie Dagon

Wednesday, 06 February 2019

Title Presenter
BGC in models & Veg C dynamics Danica Lombardozzi
Veg N Dynamics Will Wieder
Soil biogeochemisty Will Wieder
Fire Fang Li
Hillslope hydrology Sean Swenson
Practical Tracking bugs & coding best practices Bill Sacks

Thursday, 07 February 2019

Title Presenter
Land use land cover Peter Lawrence
Crop Model Danica Lombardozzi
Urban Model Keith Oleson
Data assimilation Andy Fox
Parameter Estimation Katie Dagon
Simulation flux towers with CLM Sean Burns
Practical Porting CLM to other machines Jim Edwards
Practical Single Point Will Wieder

Friday, 08 February 2019

Title Presenter
The Functionally Assembled Terrestrial Ecosystem Simulator (FATES) tutorial Charlie Koven, Ryan Knox, Joackie Shuman, Rosie Fisher, and others
Practical Running Fates Will Wieder

Event Contacts