This session at the AGU fall meeting in December is right up my street:

IN13: Software Engineering for Climate Modeling

As climate models grow in complexity in response to improved fidelity and inclusion of new physical effects, software engineering increasingly plays a important role in scientific productivity. Model results are more and more used in social and economical decisions, leading to increased demand on the traceability, repeatability, and accountability of climate model experiments. Critical questions include: How to reduce cost & risk in the development process? And how to improve software verification processes? Contributions are solicited on topics including, but not limited to: testing and reliability; life-cycle management; productivity and cost metrics; development tools and other technology; other best practices; and cultural challenges.

I’ve been asked to give an invited talk in the session, so now I’m highly motivated to encourage everyone else to submit abstracts, so that we have a packed session. The call for abstract submissions is now open, deadline is Sept 2, 2010. Go ahead, submit something!

And, as I can never stick to just one thing, here’s some other sessions that look interesting:

Aw, heck, all the sessions in the informatics division sound interesting, as do the ones in Global Environmental Change. I’ll be busy for the whole week!

Last but not least, Tim Palmer from ECMWF will be giving the Bjerknes lecture this year. Tim’s doing really interesting work with multi-model ensembles, stochastic predictions, and seamless assessment. Whatever he talks about, it’ll be great!

1 Comment

  1. Have there ever been any sessions at software engineering and/or computer sciences conferences on the issue of software for climate modeling? I’m not aware of any off the top of my head.

    That seems to be a more-natural fit than AGU. Not that I’m complaining (I’ll likely be there) but it would be nice to see the SE/CS communities take the software needs of the climate modeling community more seriously. All of your work is a fantastic start, Steve, but much more needs to be done.

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