CISL Science

CISL is an interdisciplinary science laboratory.

To support sustained progress in the computational geosciences, radically new techniques must be developed and tested in anticipation of emerging technology trends and scientific goals. Because of its unique juxtaposition of computer science, applied mathematics, statistics, and geosciences domain expertise, CISL is strongly positioned to function as a leading interdisciplinary computational science laboratory supporting these advancements in partnership with the atmospheric sciences community.

CISL’s science Imperatives include:

  • To support NCAR’s strategic goals, CISL itself must be a first-class scientific organization. CISL’s strategy is to derive research priorities from Earth System science problems, emphasize multidisciplinary teams and collaboration, and connect research activities to education goals. A central organizing theme will be addressing the challenge of Earth System modeling at the petascale and exascale.

  • CISL must maintain a portfolio of research models to drive forward basic scientific research in computational fluids and basic algorithmic research.

  • CISL will facilitate the production of high-quality scenarios of projected climate change and develop tools and methods for analyzing regional impacts, vulnerability, and adaptation to these changes. This effort integrates advances in geophysical modeling and statistical methods into the broader decision-making and policy communities.

CISL’s science Frontiers include:

  • Multidisciplinary approaches are required for building accurate, possibly stochastic, models of subgrid-scale behavior to advance model development.

  • Algorithmic acceleration breakthroughs are needed: new algorithms, computational approaches, and hardware accelerators are all required to produce simulations capable of addressing grand challenges.

  • New methods and tools are required to extract information from large and heterogeneous data sets.

This section of the FY2010 CISL Annual Report reports on the topics shown in the navigation tool at left.