After completing the course, the learner will be able to do the following:
Describe atmospheric dynamics in the Community Atmosphere Model finite volume (CAM-FV) dynamical core.
- Recall the dynamical core options in CESM.
- Describe the atmospheric physics that are parameterized in the Community Atmosphere Model (CAM).
- Describe interactions between parameterizations and their implications for model complexity, sensitivity, and climate feedbacks.
- Describe chemistry in the Community Atmosphere Model (CAM-chem).
- Describe the Whole Atmosphere Community Climate Model (WACCM), including processes that are unique to the upper atmosphere.
- Describe land-atmosphere interactions in the Community Land Model (CLM), including hydrology, vegetation, carbon and nitrogen cycles, fires, ice, and urban effects.
- Describe the biogeochemistry in the Community Land Model (CLM), including vegetation, carbon and nitrogen cycles, and climate feedbacks.
- Describe ocean modeling basics, including ocean properties, governing equations, ocean model grids, advection schemes, and boundary conditions.
- Describe parameterized physics in the CESM ocean modeling component, including vertical and horizontal mixing, momentum, eddies, estuaries, and solar absorption.
- Describe biogeochemical modeling in the ocean, including large scale ocean features, techniques for modeling biological productivity, and the global carbon cycle.
- Describe land ice, particularly ice sheets, in CESM, including ice sheet dynamics, climate coupling and implications for sea level rise.
- Describe sea ice in CESM, including sea ice properties, model dynamics and thermodynamics, thickness distribution, and climate feedbacks.