Dr. Leo Donner, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory

March 19, 2012  |  Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 11.00 am-12.00 pm, 180-101

About this Lecture

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In its most recent climate-model development, the Geophysicsl Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) has expanded model physics and chemistry with a goal of addressing key emergent problems in climate sciences, including (1) aerosol-cloud interactions, (2) land and ocean biogeochemistry, (3) chemistry-climate interactions and (4) decadal prediction. The GFDL coupled model CM3 has new or significantly revised treatments of clouds, convection and chemistry to enable cloud-aerosol interactions to be modeled using physically-based aerosol activation theory, with atmospheric aerosol and chemistry driven by emissions. This seminar will discuss changes in the formulation of CM3 relative to earlier coupled models and overview its basic simulation characteristics.

About Dr. Leo Donner

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Dr. Leo Donner is a physical scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) in Princeton, New Jersey, and a lecturer in the Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at Princeton University. His research interests are in the development of atmospheric general circulation models, with particular interests in clouds, convection, and radiation. He has recently served as the science chair for the development of GFDL's Atmospheric Model-3, and as a co-chair for the Atmospheric Model Working Group for the NSF/DOE Community Earth System Model. His cumulus parameterizations for general circulation models were among the first to include mesoscale circulations associated with deep convection and vertical velocities as a key component of deep convection, essential for current efforts to treat interactions between aerosols and deep convection in the climate system. Dr. Donner received his B.S. at the University of Michigan, and M.S. and Ph.D. at the University of Chicago, Prior to joining GFDL and Princeton University, he held positions at NCAR and the University of Chicago.