The workshop on “Coastal hydrology and surface processes linked to air-sea modeling” will be held in Funchal, Madeira on September 26-27, 2017.
Julie Pullen (OOM – Ocean Observatory of Madeira)
Rui Caldeira (OOM – Ocean Observatory of Madeira)
David Gochis (NCAR – National Center for Atmospheric Research)
Sue Chen (NRL – Naval Research Laboratory)
Teddy Holt (NRL – Naval Research Laboratory)
Nadia Pinardi (University of Bologna, Fondazione CMCC)
Giorgia Verri (Fondazione CMCC – Centro euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici)
An emerging field of earth system research is the application of coupled hydrology, meteorology and oceanography models to coastal regions. Motivated by the need to predict coastal river flooding and associated impacts, several groups have undertaken the integration of hydrology models such as WRF-Hydro (NCAR) and HEC-HMS (Army Corps) into meteorological and coupled ocean/atmosphere prediction systems. Groups at NCAR and NRL are integrating their models (COAMPS/WRF-Hydro/LIS/NOAH), and teams in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East are applying linked models to the U.S. east coast, Italian coast, west Africa, Germany, Turkey and Israel, among others. Related current efforts include the enhancement of land surface/soil moisture treatment, the representation of storm-water flows in urban settings and their effects, together with river runoff, on the marine ecosystem health. The projects cover diverse geographical settings (cities, mountains, deserts, tropics, highlands, islands) – each with distinguishing characteristics.
Given recent developments outlined above, this workshop will gather developers and practitioners of coupled air/sea/hydrology/land surface models and land assimilation system. The 2-day workshop will have one day devoted to applications and results, with day two focused on model implementation and challenges. Features of existing and developing systems include unstructured grids, global relocatability, ensembles, data assimilation, and multi-model visualization. We will also include focused discussions to develop a framework for advancing the applications and seamless integration of increasingly sophisticated models covering the coastal air/sea/land interface. These advanced models include embedded estuary models and sewer/storm-water models.