Climate Change

Climate models use quantitative methods to simulate the interactions of the atmosphere, oceans, land surface, and ice. They are used for a variety of purposes from study of the dynamics of the climate system to projections of future climate. NMC participates in research to improve the next generation of climate models. The latest climate research at NMC includes:

Coherent Structures and Mixing in Rotating and Stratified Flows

Susan Kurien, NMC Affiliate Researcher, LANL Staff Scientist

This research aims to quantify the emergent length scales of coherent flow structures in rotating and stratified flows and relate those to the characteristic length scales over which mixing occurs. The coherent structures range from tall and columnar to flat and pancake-like, with characteristic vertical and horizontal sizes vary depending on the relative strengths of the rotation and stratification. The efficiency with which such flows mix a scalar, such as heat or mass density, into the flow will vary across the structures formed. This variation will be analyzed using statistical analysis of a series of large scale simulations with varying parameters of interest. The connection between intrinsic scale and mixing scales will be deduced as a function of the global parameters.

Global Energy Observatory

Rajan Gupta, NMC Affiliate Researcher, LANL Staff Scientist

The Global Energy Observatory (GEO) is a set of free interactive databases and tools built collaboratively through open source data. The goal of GEO is to promote an understanding, on a global scale, of the dynamics of change in energy systems, quantify emissions and their impacts, and accelerate the transition to carbon-neutral, environmentally benign energy systems while providing affordable energy to all. By providing easy to use and visualize data, models and analysis tools we aim to engage the public and the experts. Data in GEO can be edited from anywhere in the world. 

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