By the end of the course the students will understand:

  • The fundamental principles of the science contained in the models;
  • How the different areas of science in modern climate models are interconnected;
  • How models are implemented and operated on modern supercomputers;
  • How to assess the quality of the model results and how to perform high-level analysis;
  • How climate science is used for policy making.

 The programme for the 2017 school is available on the school website for those attending or can be downloaded here pdf CMSS17 Programme 250817 All (36 KB)

The 2015 programme provides details of the expected structure of the school.

Climate Components: P.L. Vidale
09.00–10.30 Elements of dynamics: The atmosphere
J. Methven

Elements of dynamics and physics: the ocean
R. Tailleux

Elements of atmospheric physics: radiation and clouds

P. Forster

Atmospheric chemistry in the climate system
J. Pyle

Modelling sea ice

D. Feltham

10.30–11.00 Coffee break
Elements of computational fluid dynamics: H. Weller
Statistics and experimental design
11.00–12.30 Interpolation, numerical integration and differentiation, and practical session using Python
Hilary Weller
Linear advection using Eulerian, semi-Lagrangian, finite difference and finite volume schemes (including TVD schemes)
Hilary Weller
Staggered versus co-located grids for wave equations
Hilary Weller

Semi-implicit Time-Stepping
Hilary Weller

Data analysis and statistical modelling in climate science
R. Schiemann
12.30–13.30 Lunch
Fundamental GCM numerics
Idealised GCM laboratory H. Weller
Experimental design
13.30–14.30 Completion of Python practical Linear advection practical
Hilary Weller
Practical solving shallow water equations in 2d
Hilary Weller
Explicit and semi-implicit time stepping
Hilary Weller
Climate Lab experiment intro.
Pier-Luigi Vidale
14.30–17.00 Fourier analysis and practical examples
Hilary Weller
Linear advection practical
Hilary Weller
Practical solving shallow water equations in 2d
Hilary Weller
Explicit and semi-implicit time stepping practical
Hilary Weller
15.45–16.00 Tea break (during practical sessions)
Evening seminars

Gung-Ho, LFric, and near-future UM
Nigel Wood

Climate Change from Global to Local

Ted Shepherd


M. Lockwood

Climate Computing: The state of play

V. Balaji

Sea level change in the Anthropocene
J. Gregory

18.30 Dinner
  Model performance, choice of complexity, resolution, ensemble size PLV Posters session  


Hypothesis session 1


Climate interactions: R. Sutton
09.00–10.30 Ocean-atmosphere interactions and climate variability
R. Sutton

Cloud processes and their representation in models
C. Westbrook

Water in the climate system - the hydrological cycle
R. Allan

Land-Atmosphere interactions: water and carbon
P.L. Vidale

The ocean carbon cycle
P. Halloran

10.30–11.00 Coffee break
Experiment design and analysis: L. Shaffrey
Student presentations

Advanced model evaluation
L. Shaffrey

Ocean Modelling for Climate
D. Stevens

Convective parameterisation
A. Stirling

Future climate change scenarios and the impacts of mitigation
J. Lowe
Group project presentations
12.30–13.30 Lunch
The Climate Lab: P. L. Vidale
Experimental design

Sensitivity experiments continued


Sensitivity experiments continued Basic analysis of simulations Advanced analysis of simulations Group project presentations
15.45–16.00 Tea break (during practical sessions) CLOSE at 16.00 Students depart
Evening seminars

Southern Ocean and eddies
D. Marshall

The philosophy of modelling
W. Parker

T. Palmer

Formal dinner  
18.30 Dinner
  Current weather and climate CL Work Hypothesis session 2




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