Bay of Bengal Monsoon Workshop Agenda

Clark Laboratory - Room 507
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
November 16-18, 2011

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Role of the Bay of Bengal for Prediction of the Indian Monsoon

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 360 Woods Hole Road, Woods Hole, MA  02543

Workshop Agenda

November 16-18, 2011

Clark Laboratory 507

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

 8:15-8:45         Breakfast

 8:45                 Opening Remarks - Amit Tandon and Amala Mahadevan

 8:50                 Scott Harper ONR - Introduction 

     Bay of Bengal and the Monsoons: Circulation, upper ocean structure and dynamics

    Discussion Leaders (DL): Craig Lee, Eric Kunze, Sanjiv Ramachandran

9:00-9:30         Suryachandra Rao (IITM India) Evolution of SST in the Bay of Bengal and its influence on
                         Indian Monsoon Rainfall

 9:35-10:05      Arun Kumar (NOAA) Impact of Ocean Variability on Precipitation over the Indian Ocean

 10:10-10:30     Coffee Break

 10:30-11:00     Steve Riser (U.Washington) Wind, rainfall and the near-surface circulation in the Bay of Bengal

 11:00-12:00      Discussion

  • Role of Ekman layer dynamics
  • Processes driving between the shelves and basin, their role in Freshwater export
  • Impact of tropical wave dynamics

 12:00-1:00            Lunch Buffet, Clark 507 Foyer

   1:00-2:00      Walking Tour of WHOI Quissett Campus

                Return to Clark 507

     Upper ocean mixing and stratification  / effect on Air-sea heat and moisture fluxes

     DL: Tom Farrar, Bulusu Subrahmanyam, Karan Venagayamoorthy

   2:00-2:30      VSN Murty (NIO, Vishakapatnam): Role of Bay of Bengal stratification and upper ocean heat content on
                          the tropical cyclones over the Bay

   2:35-3:05      Rashmi Sharma (ISRO, Ahmedabad): Role of satellite data in understanding Bay of Bengal Processes

   3:10-3:40       Discussion

  • Relationship of Bay of Bengal stratification and cyclones
  • How are equatorial processes and the BoB coastal circulation linked to variability of fresh and salt water transports?
  • Salinity from space using SMOS and Aquarius in the Indian Ocean
  • What can be understood about the ocean processes in the Bay from Satellite perspective? At what scales?

   3:40-4:00      Coffee Break

    Intra-seasonal variability  (days to weeks) and predictability

    DL: Sue Chen, Hans Graber, Matthew Harrison

   4:00-4:30      Debasis Sengupta (IISc, Bangalore) - Observed sub-seasonal variability ("intra-seasonal oscillations";
                         ISO) in the ocean/atmosphere and surface fluxes

   4:35- 5:05     Ravichandran (INCOIS, Hyderabad) -Intra-seasonal variability of the thermocline in the Bay of Bengal

   5:05-5:45       Discussion 

  • Does SST distribution determine how far north monsoon ISO can penetrate/reach ?
  • What are the possible mechanisms for the coupled intra seasonal variability?
  • What is their predictability?

   5:45-7:00         Reception

Thursday, November 17, 2011

 8:15-8:45         Breakfast

  Observational inferences and advances

  DL: Rob Pinkel, Lou St. Laurent, Takeshi Doi

 8:45-9:15         Lisan Yu (WHOI) - Satellite and RAMA buoy observations of air-sea interaction in the Bay of Bengal

 9:20-9:50         R. Venkatesan (NIOT, Chennai)- Indian moored buoy observation system in Bay of Bengal:  Present
                          status and future plans

 9:55-10:15       Coffee Break

 10:20-10:50     Bob Weller (WHOI) -  Sampling strategies for upper ocean observations

 10:50-11:50     Discussion

  • How can gliders be sued to observe ocean’s response to monsoon?
  • Autonomous ocean-mixing capabilities for the near-surface boundary layer
  • Observational programs in India

 11:50               Leave for Woods Hole village

 12:00-1:00       Lunch at the Exhibit Center in Woods Hole

   1:00-2:00       Walking Tour of WHOI facilities in the village

                         Return to Clark Lab


  Monsoon modeling - ocean/ atmosphere coupled, process modeling, LES

  DL: Toshi Shinoda, Tommy Jensen,  Sutanu Sarkar

 2:15-2:45       Hyodae Seo (WHOI) - Seasonal Effects of Indian Ocean Freshwater Forcing in a
                         Regional Coupled Model

  2:50 - 3:20     Raghu Murtugudde (U. Maryland) -  Role of the Bay of Bengal in Large-Scale Monsoon Dynamics

  3:20-3:45         Discussion

  • Downscaling and nesting from global models
  • BoB variability in 1/25th degree NRL-HYCOM
  • What is the effect of mesoscale and submesoscale oceanic eddies on air-sea fluxes and convection?

 3:45-4:00         Coffee break

  Coupled air-sea interaction - basin scale - to smaller scale

   DL: Joe Fernando, Carol A Clayson, Eric D’Asaro

 4:00 -4:30      Hemantha Wijesekara (NRL) - Air sea interactions in Northern Indian Ocean: Science issues and
                        NRL programs

 4:35- 5:05      Chris Fairall (U. of Colorado)- Turbulent and radiative flux observations in the Bay of Bengal during
                         the JASMINE project

 5:05-5:45         Discussion

  • Satellite estimates of fluxes
  • Bulk estimates
  • Closure to heat /salt budget of the upper ocean


Friday, November 18, 2011

 8:15-9:00         Breakfast and coffee

  Future Directions

   DL: Amit Tandon and Amala Mahadevan

 9:00-10:30     Summary from each group: 

                             What are the important questions that need to be addressed

                                    - Through observations / through modeling

                                    - How will these studies help improve models and predictability of the monsoon

                                    - Strategy and roadmap


 10:30-10:45     Break

 10:45          Debasis Sengupta / Suryachandra Rao /Ravichandran 

                      - What are the related scientific programs/plans open for collaboration over the next 5 year plan

                    AmitTandon and  Debasis Sengupta

                      - Training – How to involve students and young scientists

                    Sandy Lucas: NOAA's partnership with India

                    ONR Global: International collaboration

                    Terri Paluskiewicz /Scott Harper - ONR’s perspective for the future

  12:00        Boxed Lunch – pickup in Clark 507 foyer

End of Workshop


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