CISL Education, Outreach, and Training

Poster session discussion
A lively discussion during the poster and reception for the SAMSI/IMAGe Summer Program: The International Surface Temperature Initiative. Here (from left to right), Elisabeth Lloyd (University of Indiana), Bo Li (University of Illinois), Doug Nychka (CISL), and Kimberly Brumble (University of Indiana) discuss how past climate before the existence of instrument records is inferred from proxy data. This workshop is typical of many sponsored by CISL that bring a broad group of scientists and researchers to NCAR with a common interest in the scientific programs at NCAR. In this case, the expertise of Lloyd and Brumble is in the philosophy of science, and Li and Nychka are statisticians. The overall theme of this workshop was to bring different groups together to confront the inherent uncertainties and biases in climate observations and find ways to quantify their accuracy. Solutions to these problems will also involve CISL Data Support Services and data analysis tools developed in CISL.

CISL’s education programs integrate research and education and teach the technical skills that students and faculty need to make effective use of advanced cyberinfrastructure. These programs also promote diversity, enhance CISL’s culture of teaching and mentorship, and stimulate collaborations with the university community. These objectives are accomplished through internship, visitor, workshop, and training programs.

A supercomputing laboratory in a national research center is a unique place to help integrate research and education between disciplines. CISL focuses on the computational and atmospheric sciences, and has a math institute dedicated to education and advancing research using applied mathematics and statistics. CISL’s educational efforts are designed to complement and supplement programs at universities and other centers.

CISL manages two principal training thrusts: one for HPC systems and another for CISL-developed data analysis and visualization tools. NCAR and CISL also provide cyberinfrastructure resources and user support for community workshops, tutorials, and summer schools in the atmospheric and related sciences.

This work is supported by NSF Core funding, with supplemental funding supplied by other sources as noted in the following reports.