Interdisciplinary Projects

DOE/UCAR Cooperative Agreement

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) Cooperative Agreement (CA) supports fundamental climate and climate change research in the DOE/SC/BER Climate Change Prediction Research Program.

The research in the DOE/UCAR CA is in four coordinated domains related to understanding present/future climate change and improving the simulation of the Earth’s climate system.

Our unique research activity is focused on carrying out simulations and analysis of 20th century and future climate change for the CMIP5 and the upcoming IPCC Fifth Assessment Report.

  • Research Program on Modeling Future Climate Change:
    Responses of the Climate System to Changes in Forcings: Warren Washington and Gerald Meehl, PIs.
  • Evaluation of and Improvements to Components of Climate System Models: David Williamson and Richard Neale, PIs.
  • Climate Modeling with Mesoscale Atmospheric Variability and Scale-Aware Physical Parameterizations: Joseph Tribbia, PI.
  • Future Changes in Earth’s Hydrological Cycle and the Response of Ecosystems to Climate Change: Jeff Kiehl, PI.
     

Research Activity

Our unique research activity is focused on carrying out simulations and analysis of 20th century and future climate change for the CMIP5 and the upcoming IPCC Fifth Assessment Report

  • The Cooperative Agreement supports the Climate Variability and Change Working Group (CVCWG) through the Climate Change Prediction Group (CCP) at NCAR.
  • The CVCWG, with support from DOE as noted above, performs the climate change simulations with CCSM/CESM (e.g. CMIP5, U.S. National Assessment, etc.).
  • The CCP group performs analyses of the climate change simulations to expand the frontiers of our knowledge of climate variability and change, and to inform energy policy issues relevant to climate change adaptation/mitigation that are part of DOE's mission.
  • The CCP group performs additional sensitivity experiments with CCSM/CESM to diagnose processes and mechanisms of climate variability and change, e.g. single forcing simulations to assess which forcing is causing changes to the climate system or uniquely modifying a forcing to diagnose the processes involved in response of the climate system such as increasing carbon aerosols over the South Asian monsoon region.

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Our Vision

To benefit society as the center of collaborative Earth climate system research.

CGD | Climate & Global Dynamics