Seasonal-decadal scale prediction on ocean and climate change represents an imperative task for ocean and atmosphere sciences in the future. To fulfill this task, one of the major technologies is multi-scale high resolution earth system prediction mode development. Qingdao National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology (QNLM), represents China’s strategic S&T driving force for national innovation system, assuming the mission of resolving major problems for marine science and technology and developing pace-setting marine technologies. After efforts for more than 6 months, QNLM held “Workshop on High Resolution Multiscale Earth System Modelling and Prediction”, jointly with National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and Texas A&M University (TAMU) of the US, from Aug 14 to 16, 2017. Through discussion, the three parties agreed to pursue joint research on R&D of high resolution, multi-scale global and regional earth system model, to promote the understanding of ocean-atmosphere interaction, wave-induced mixing, and other marine processes, to develop prediction capability for seasonal-decadal global climate change and to realize accurate forecast for meso-scale eddy, El Nino, tornado, tropical cyclone and other meso-scale marine and weather phenomena. During the workshop, the three parties exchanged their respective research basis and vision for the future cooperation. After thorough communication, the three parties have basically reached consensus on the cooperation objective, plan for scientific activities, cooperation mode, resources sharing principles and expected research results for the cooperation over the upcoming 5 years. They agreed to press ahead with relevant research through establishing a joint lab with their respective advantages.
Dr. Lixin WU, Director, Executive Committee, QNLM
Dr. William G Large, Director, Climate and Global Dynamics Laboratory, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
Dr. Kehou PAN, Secretary-General, Academic Committee, QNLM
Dr. Jack Baldauf, Executive Associate Dean and Associate Dean for Research, College of Geosciences, Texas A & M University (TAMU)
The Functional Laboratory for Regional Oceanography and Numerical Modelling and the Functional Laboratory for Ocean Dynamic Processes and Climate of QNLM are among the world’s best in the areas of R&D for global ocean model, upper ocean mixing, and data assimilation. Moreover,QNLM is already equipped with peta-flop class computer and will have exa-flop class computer in place by 2020. Funded by the US Federal Government, NCAR is the national lab of US in the field of atmosphere,with world-leading capability in R&D for global climate model and earth system model and modelling. TAMU is internationally renowned for high resolution regional ocean model. The three parties have worked for long to forge cooperation in relevant field, with high possibility to jointly establish a center for research and prediction of world climate change.