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Pavilion, Cascade Mountain in background.
Photo Don Lee, courtesy The Banff Centre.
The goal of both atmospheric data assimilation and retrieval theory is to obtain a best estimate of the state of the atmosphere from measurements. This applies to both dynamical and chemical aspects. Not surprisingly, the statistical methods used are rather similar, and there is no real distinction, at a fundamental level, between the two subjects. Yet while the overall goal and methods are similar, the language used in the two subjects is quite different, which impedes the cross-fertilization of ideas. The purpose of this summer school is to bridge the divide between the two subjects, by exploring the linkages. This will involve beginning with the fundamentals of each subject, and working towards applications, with an equal emphasis on dynamical and chemical aspects. Data assimilation can also provide constraints on atmospheric processes, which makes the subject of potential interest to modellers. Thus, while the summer school is aimed at scientists from one "side" who wish to learn more about the other, it will also be of interest to those who wish to learn about both subjects, and will assume no knowledge of either.
Confirmed lecturers: John Derber (NCEP), Dylan Jones (University of Toronto), Ian McDade (York University), Richard Menard (Environment Canada), Saroja Polavarapu (Environment Canada), Ted Shepherd (University of Toronto), Aldona Wiacek (ETH Zurich)
Dates: 19-25 May, 2007 (mid-day to mid-day)
Location: The Banff Centre, Banff, Canada
Registration is C$500, which includes shared accommodation and meals (single accommodation may be possible for a surcharge), but space is limited. Preference will be given to graduate students at Canadian universities. Please send applications by 31st January 2007 to
Dr. Diane Pendlebury
Department of Physics,
University of Toronto,
60 St. George Street,
Fax: (416) 946-0513
The Summer School is organized by the C-SPARC Project, and supported by funding from CFCAS.