Mitigation and Adaptation Research Institute &
Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography

Spring 2015 Seminar Series


Raghu Murtugudde
ESSIC, University of Maryland

Monday, February 9, 2015
3:30 PM
Conference Center, Innovation Resarch Building II
4211 Monarch Way, Norfolk, VA 23508


The IPCC class models continue to increase in their complexity and realism of Earth System representation with increasing resolutions. They will serve global governance issues as envisioned in the Representative Concentration Pathways but day-to-day decision-making for water, food, energy, coastal management, etc., will require regional-specificities that are not easily captured by global models. Adding skill to global model predictions and projections has relied largely on increased resolution and the garbage-in-garbage-out syndrome has been a severe handicap for that paradigm. A multi-physics ensembling approach is employed to develop a Regional Earth System Model with complete terrestrial hydrology and cloud-aerosol-radiation feedbacks. An example of a partial implementation of a Regional Earth System Prediction for the Chesapeake Bay region is used as framework to outline the possible pathways for adaptive learning and sustainable management from days to decades at scales that matter. Some basic predictions are discussed to emphasize the need to build confidence in the use of actionable information generated by such systems.


Dr. Raghu Murtugudde is a professor of atmospheric and oceanic science at the University of Maryland. He received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University in 1994 and a M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas-Arlington in 1987 and a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay.

Reception before seminar at 3:00 PM

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