SAMSI/NCAR Workshop on Massive Datasets in Environment and Climate: February 13-15, 2013


Mesa Lab, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Boulder, Colorado.


In recent years, modernization of environmental observation instrumentation has produced a wealth of available data for which classical analytical routines are not scaled to handle efficiently. Further, increasing complexity of climate models limit execution by only the world’s most sophisticated computing systems, which in turn archive the massive data sets of intermediary model outputs for analysis by the climate research community. The workshop unites researchers from the statistical and climate research communities to address the challenges posed by the scale of these environmental observation and climate model data sets.

Schedule and Supporting Media

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Mesa Laboratory, NCAR

Time Description Speaker Slides Videos
7:30 a.m. Shuttle to NCAR, Mesa Lab
8:30-8:45 Introduction Steve Sain, NCAR and Richard Smith, SAMSI
Session 1: Climate Observations
8:45-9:30 Massive Data Set Analysis for NASA’s Atmospheric Infrared Sounder Amy Braverman, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
9:30-10:15 Analysis of NASA Aquarius Sea Surface Salinity Data Elizabeth Mannshardt, North Carolina State University
10:15-10:45 Break
10:45-11:30 Bayesian Dynamic Modeling for Large Space-Time Data Sets Using Gaussian Predictive Processes Andrew Finley, Michigan State University
11:30-12:00 Floor Discussion
12:00-1:30 Lunch on your own
Session 2: Climate Models
1:30-2:15 Mining Spatial Structure in Regional Climate Doug Nychka, NCAR
2:15-3:00 Multi-model Ensemble Reduction and Expansion: Pattern Scaling and Resampling Claudia Tebaldi, Climate Central and NCAR
3:00-3:30 Break
3:30-4:15 Spatial Analysis of High-Resolution Regional Climate-Change Projection in North America Emily Kang, University of Cincinnati
4:15-4:45 Floor Discussion
4:45-5:45 Breakout Sessions
Breakout Session 1:
Breakout Session 2:
Richard Smith, SAMSI, Rapporteur
Martin Tingley, Harvard University
Doug Nychka, NCAR, Rapporteur
Grant Weller, Colorado State University
6:00-8:00 Poster Session and Reception
8:00 Shuttle to Hotel

Thursday, February 14, 2013
Mesa Laboratory, NCAR

Time Description Speaker Slides Videos
7:45 a.m. Shuttle to NCAR, Mesa Lab
Session 3: Data Assimilation
8:30-9:15 Challenges of Lagrangian Data Assimilation Christopher Jones, UNC
9:15-10:00 Data Assimilation for Numerical Weather Prediction and Climate: challenges with massive datasets Tom Auligne, NCAR
10:00-10:30 Break
Session 4: Computing Techniques for Data Producers I
10:30-11:15 Rethinking Cyberinfrastructure for Climate Data Analysis Workflows Rich Loft, NCAR
11:15-11:45 Floor Discussion on Morning Sessions
11:45-1:30 Lunch on your own
Session 5: Computing Techniques for Data Producers II
1:30-2:15 Dorit Hammerling, SAMSI
2:15-3:00 Merging Water Vapor, Temperature and Cloud Observations from the A-Train Eric Fetzer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
3:00-3:30 Break
3:30-4:15 Watching the Earth Breathe – Measuring Global Carbon Dioxide From Space Annmarie Eldering, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
4:15-4:45 Floor Discussion
4:45-5:45 Breakout Sessions
Breakout Session 3:
Breakout Session 4:
Steve Sain, NCAR, Rapporteur
Tamara Greasby, NCAR
Amy Braverman, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Rapporteur
Jessica Matthew, Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites
5:30 Shuttle to Hotel

Friday, February 15, 2013
Mesa Laboratory, NCAR

Time Description Speaker Slides Videos
7:45 a.m. Shuttle to NCAR, Mesa Lab
Session 6: Regional Climate Datasets
8:30-9:15 Distilling Regional Climate Model Data from NARCCAP for Use in Impacts Analysis Seth McGinnis, NCAR
9:15-9:30 Break
Session 7: Computing Techniques for Data Producers III
9:30-10:15 Forrest Hoffman, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
10:15-11:00 Climate Science Responds to “Big Data” Challenges: Accessing and Analyzing Model Output and Observations Dean Williams, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
11:00-11:30 Break
11:30-Noon Floor Discussion
Noon-12:30 Brief Reports on Breakout Groups (Chairs and Rapporteurs)
12:30 Adjourn. Lunch on your own.
1:00 Shuttle to Hotel