CGD Director's Message

The 2018 CGD-Laboratory Annual Report (CGD-LAR) highlights some examples of the excellent results produced by Laboratory staff during the last fiscal year. These research results significantly contribute to the CGD mission:

"To discover the key processes of the Earth’s climate system and to understand the interactions among them; to represent the knowledge in community models that effectively utilize computing advances; and to apply these models and observations to scientific problems of societal relevance"

This CGD-LAR focuses on activities that fall within the two NCAR Imperatives that most align with the CGD Strategic Plan; namely, Imperative 1 – Conduct innovative fundamental research to advance the atmospheric and related sciences; Imperative 3 – Develop, deliver and support a suite of advanced community models. They span a broad of atmospheric, ocean, polar and terrestrial science related to past, present and future climates, reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of the Laboratory.

CGD does contribute significantly to other Imperatives, and in particular – Educate and entrain a talented and diverse group of students and early career professionals. Related activities such as workshops and tutorials tend to be ongoing and are, therefore, described in the websites of both CGD and of the Community Earth System Model, CESM. In particular, the most up-to-date version of CESM (CESM2) was released in June 2018. This version is currently being used for CMIP6 simulation (among others) and we expect that many contributions in FY19 and beyond will focus on discussing those simulations throughout the research community. The correspondence between the CGD contributions to NCAR Imperatives and the CGD mission statement is not coincidental, but reflects the central role of CGD within NCAR.

In order to give this FY2018 research some context, the CESM2 release had been postponed from its original 2017 date, due to some highly relevant issues in the model performance. A lot of effort by many CGD staff members and outside researchers helped resolve the issue, leading therefore to the release in June. But CGD is also more than building and supporting CESM, which shows in the breadth of publications that are highlighted in the FY18 Report for CGD.