CESM Distance Learning Course

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