5th WGNE workshop on systematic errors in weather and climate models
June 19-23, 2017, Montréal, Québec, Canada
The WCRP-JSC/CAS Working Group on Numerical Experimentation (WGNE) organized a workshop on systematic errors in weather and climate models, hosted by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) in Montreal during 19-23 June 2017.
The principal goal of the workshop was to increase understanding of the nature and cause of errors in models used for weather and climate prediction, including intra-seasonal to inter-annual scales. Of special interest were studies that consider errors found in multiple models and errors which are present across timescales. Diagnostics and metrics to identify and characterize systematic errors were also welcomed.
Following the workshop, an article was published in Bulletin of the
American Meteorological Society. Here is the reference and a link to the article:
Zadra, A., K. Williams, A. Frassoni, M. Rixen, A. F. Adames, J. Berner, F. Bouyssel, B. Casati, H. Christensen, M. B. Ek, G. Flato, Y. Huang, F. Judt, H. Lin, E. Maloney, W. Merryfield, A. van Niekerk, T. Rackow, K. Saito, N. Wedi, P. Yadav, Systematic Errors in Weather and Climate Models: Nature, Origins, and Way Forward, BAMS Meeting Summaries. doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-17-0287.1
Considering recent reports from WGNE members, affiliated centres and
groups, WGNE had identified some processes that models currently fail to
represent accurately. The workshop was therefore organized around the
- Atmosphere-land-ocean-cryosphere interactions: errors in the representation of surface fluxes and drag processes; stable boundary layer issues; impact of coupled modeling.
- Clouds and precipitation: cloud-radiative feedback problem; tropical convection issues; representation of low clouds, especially at high latitudes; excess low accumulations of precipitation; underestimation of precipitation extremes; summer continental precipitation; precipitation over orography.
- Resolution issues: dependence of systematic errors on model resolution; grey zones of physical parametrizations.
- Teleconnections*: errors in the simulation of interactions between high-latitudes, mid-latitudes and tropics.
- Metrics and diagnostics: emphasis on novel techniques (e.g. process-based diagnostics; use of data assimilation or coupled modeling) to diagnose and measure systematic errors.
- Model errors in ensembles: characterization of ensemble spread and identification of systematic errors in multi-model ensembles and ensemble prediction systems; evaluation of stochastic representations.
*Note that theTeleconnections theme included a sub-session on the Year of Tropics-Midlatitude Interactions and Teleconnections (YTMIT) organized in collaboration with the Subseasonal-to-Seasonal (S2S) Prediction Project
Work looking at model errors in the areas above was welcomed, although this list was not exhaustive.
The format of the workshop was similar to
the previous one:
- to participate in this workshop, it was necessary to submit an abstract, and for that abstract to be accepted,
- maximum number of participants was 200,
- single session of oral presentations (no parallel sessions) from selected abstracts plus keynote talks by solicited speakers,
- majority of presentations in the form of posters,
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