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Workshop #12, January 14-16, 2009

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, Massachusetts

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Andrey Proshutinsky, the AOMIP Principal Investigator, opened the 12th AOMIP workshop by welcoming the participants (see Appendix A) and presented an overview of AOMIP history, major goals, tasks, strategy and tactics. Major goals and objectives for a new AOMIP development phase were also formulated (see Appendix D).  The purpose of this workshop was to plan the next phase of the AOMIP program by identifying new scientific priorities, potential collaborations and deliverables. The workshop was planned to:
•    Re-initiate AOMIP activities
•    Identify the most important directions of model improvements
•    Discuss and establish conditions for coordinated numerical experiments focusing on model improvements
•    Discuss future AOMIP plans and strategy
Proshutinsky also provided an update on the status of the efforts to maintain AOMIP activities under new NSF funding recommendations.  One major recommendation was to change AOMIP’s operational mode (Appendix D).

Workshop Format
Each workshop day consisted of two types of activities, namely: (i) science talks and (ii) discussions focused on identification of key problems and formulation of conditions for coordinated AOMIP experiments. Science talks and discussions were organized under five major topics: 1) Fresh water and heat, 2) Sea ice, 3) Model development progress and results, 4) Exchanges/transports and ecosystem modeling, and 5) Long-term model integrations. One-hour breakout sessions were used to formulate the conditions for a set of coordinated experiments.  These breakout sessions were followed by a plenary session on the last day of the workshop.

Workshop Overview
The workshop brought forty one AOMIP collaborators from Canada, Denmark, France, Japan, Germany, Russia, United Kingdom, and USA representing twenty four different federal, state and private organizations (universities, scientific institutions and centers). Thirty two scientific presentations were accompanied by more then five hours of discussions (not mentioning tête-à-tête interactions and fruitful corridor meetings during coffee breaks, reception and workshop dinner).  The most important workshop result is a formulation of a set of coordinated experiments directed to improve AOMIP regional and global models and to investigate causes and consequences of Arctic climate change.

Scientific problems for coordinated experiments
A set of scientific problems was identified during the workshop. It is expected that the teams working on these experiments will be expanded after publication of this report via involvement of all interested scientists dealing with Arctic studies. Team leader names (PIs of experiments responsible for experiment formulation, activation, data collection, analysis and publications) are shown in bold. Also note that each of these experiments will possibly have a set of sub-experiments with sub-leaders.

For a complete list of the experiments please download the workshop report from the Related Files at the right side of the page.

Next AOMIP Meetings
1. AOMIP collaborators were invited to organize a session in MOCA-09 (IAMAS, IAPSO and IACS Joint Assembly, to be held in July 19-29, 2009 in Montréal, Québec, Canada).    Prior to that assembly, AOMIP collaborators are also participating in the modeling workshop “Arctic System Modeling Workshop III” (International Collaboration in Arctic System Modeling) to be held on July 16-17, at the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM) (

2. The AOMIP participants agreed to meet again in fall 2009 (October 21-23, 2009), at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to report about numerical experiments and other project results

Action: Plan and coordinate 13th AOMIP workshop in fall 2009. Andrey Proshutinsky, Michael Steele, David Holland

For a complete list of references, please download the workshop report from the Related Files at the right side of the page.

Appendix A. List of Participants
1. Aksenov, Yevgeny (National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, UK,
2. Berlov, Pavel (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA,
3. Carton, James (University of Maryland College Park, USA,
4. Chassignet, Eric (Florida State University, USA,
5. Dukhovskoy Dmitry, Florida State University, USA,
6. Dupont, Frederic (The Bedford Institute of Oceanography and Dalhousie University,
7. Fenty, Ian (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, ifenty@MIT.EDU)
8. Forsberg, Rene: (Danish National Space Center, Denmark,
9. Gao, G., (University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, USA,
10. Gerdes, Ruediger (Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany,
11. Hakkinen, Sirpa (Goddard Space Flight Center, USA,
12. Heimbach, Patrick (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, heimbach@MIT.EDU)
13. Herbaut, Christophe and Marie-Noelle Houssais (LOCEAN, France)
14. Hibler, William (International Arctic Research Center,
15. Hill, Chris (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA,
16. Holland, David (New York University, USA,
17. Hunke, Elizabeth (Los Alamos National Laboratories, USA,
18. Huard, David (McGill University, Canada,
19. Jahn, Alexandra, (McGill University, Canada,
20. Kauker, Frank (Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany,
21. Lemieux, Jean-Francois (McGill University, Canada,
22. Martin, Torge (Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, Princeton University, USA,
23. Maslowski, Wieslaw (Naval Postgraduate School, USA,
24. McPhee, Miles, (McPhee Research Company,
25. Nguyen, An T (Jet Propulsion Lab, California Institute of Technology, USA,
26. Panteleev, Gleb (International Arctic Research Center, UAF, USA,
27. Pickart, Robert (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA,
28. Popova, Katya (National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, UK,
29. Postlethwaite, Clare, (Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory, UK,
30. Proshutinsky, Andrey (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA,
31. Reddy, Tasha (McGill University and New Your University, USA, Canada,
32. Semiletov, Igor (International Arctic Research Center, USA,
33. Shakhov, Natalia, (International Arctic Research Center, USA,
34. Spall, Mike (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA,
35. Steele, Mike (Polar Science Center, University of Washington, USA,
36. Stott, Don (University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, USA,
37. Timmermans, Mary-Louise (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA,
38. Tremblay, Bruno (McGill University, Canada,
39. Toole, John (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA,
40. Watanabe, Eiji (International Arctic Research Center, USA,
41. Yang, Jiayan (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA,

Appendix B. Workshop Agenda

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

8:00     8:30    Andrey Proshutinsky:
Introduction (welcome, AOMIP, and workshop major goals and tasks)


8:30    9:00    Maslowski, Wieslaw
(Naval Postgraduate School):     Modeling   Oceanic  Heat Convergence into the Arctic Ocean    
9:00    9:30    McPhee, Miles: (McPhee Research Company) Changes in Fresh-Water Content in the Arctic:     Results from the 2008 Late Winter Survey
9:30      10:00    Proshutinsky, Andrey (WHOI): Arctic Ocean Freshwater observational and model results
10:20     10:50    Steele Mike et al. (University of Washington): Summertime upper Arctic Ocean warming and its impact on sea ice melt
10:50     11:20    Holland, David (NYU): Melting and Acceleration of  Greenland Outlet Glaciers Triggered by Warm Subsurface Ocean Waters
11:20     11:50    Herbaut, Christophe and Marie-Noelle Houssais (LOCEAN): Role  of arctic fresh water outflow in the North Atlantic subpolar gyre variability.
12:50    13:20  Forsberg, Rene (Danish National Space Center): Arctic Ocean dynamic topography from satellite altimetry and gravity (ICESat, GRACE and in-situ data)
13:20    13:50    Jahn, Alexandra (McGill University): Effect of the  large-scale atmospheric circulation on the variability of the Arctic Ocean freshwater export
13:50    14:05    Berloff, Pavel (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution): CABARET:  new tracer advection scheme

14:05   14:30 Discussion: FRESH WATER AND HEAT COORDINATED EXPERIMENTS (Moderators: W. Maslowski and A. Proshutinsky)


14:40    15:10    Tremblay, Bruno (McGill University): Sediment transport by sea ice           
15:10    15:40    Hunke, Elizabeth (Los Alamos National Laboratory): Age characteristics in a multi-decadal Arctic sea ice simulation
15:40    16:10    Lemieux, Jean-Francois (McGill University): Improving the nonlinear convergence properties of VP models with the Jacobian free Newton Krylov method
16:10    16:40    Heimbach, Patrick (MIT): Adjoint sensitivities of sea-ice export
16:40    17:10    Hibler, Bill (International Arctic Research Center): On Modeling Tidal and Inertial Variability in Sea Ice Drift and Deformation

Thursday, January 15, 2009


8:00     8:30    Huard, David (McGill University, Canada):  Forcing an Arctic Sea Ice Model with NARR Surface Winds: How to Stitch Two Datasets
8:30    9:00    Martin, Torge (Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, Princeton University): Impacts of Interactive Icebergs on Ocean and Sea Ice in a GCM

9:00    9:30    Discussion: SEA ICE MODELING AND COORDINATED EXPERIMENTS (Moderators: E. Hunke and T. Martin)


9:30      10:00    Holloway, Greg (Institute of Ocean Sciences, Canada): Progress from a new-to-AOMIP model from Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Canada
10:20     10:50    Dukhovskoy, Dmitry, P. Posey, J. Metzger, A. Wallcraft and Eric Chassignet (Florida State University, Navy Research Laboratory):  Validation analysis of the 0.72 degree HYCOM/CICE 4.0 2003-2006
10:50     11:20    Panteleev, Gleb (International Arctic Research Center, UAF): Reconstruction of the Chukchi Sea water circulation 1990-1991
11:20     11:50    Nguyen An T (Jet Propulsion Lab, California Institute of Technology):
Improved modeling of the Arctic halocline with a sub-grid-scale brine rejection parameterization
12:50    13:20    Dupont, Frederic et al. (The Bedford Institute of Oceanography and Dalhousie University): Performance of NEMO-ORCA1 and NEMO-ORCA025     in the Arctic
13:20    13:50    Model improvement coordinated experiments (Moderators: D. Holland and G. Holloway)


13:50    14:20    Hill, Chris
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology): Exchanges between Arctic and outside in eddying global runs
14:40    15:10    Spall, Mike and Robert Pickart (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution): Wind-driven circulation and exchange across the southern Beaufort Sea shelfbreak
15:10    15:40    Watanabe, Eiji (International Arctic Research Center): Pacific water transport in the Arctic Ocean simulated by an eddy-resolving sea ice-ocean model
15:40    16:10    Zhang, Jinlun et al. (Polar Science Center, University of Washington): 3D physical-plankton modeling of the arctic seas
16:10    16:40    Reddy, Tasha (Calgary University and New York University):  Arctic Ocean Ecosystems: A Comparison of the Alaskan and McKenzie Shelves (SBI and CASES)
16:40    17:10 Semiletov, Igor and Natalia Shakhova (International Arctic Research Center, UAF): Some specific features of carbon fluxes over the East Siberian Shelf: from monitoring to      modeling
17:10    17:40 Aksenov, Yevgeny, Katya Popova, and Steve Alderson (National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, UK):  High-resolution global coupled sea ice-ocean-    ecosystem modeling: focus on the Arctic

Friday, January 16, 2009

8:00    8:30 Discussion: ECOSYSTEM MODELING IN AOMIP FUTURE AND COORDINATED EXPERIMENTS (Moderators: D. Holland and M. Steele)


8:30    9:00 Gerdes, Ruediger (Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany): Long term perspective on Arctic sea ice from AOMIP hindcasts and coupled climate models
9:00    9:30 Hakkinen, Sirpa (Goddard Space Flight Center): Comparison of POM models with SODA ocean  reanalysis
9:30      10:00   Postlethwaite, Clare (Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory, UK):
Arctic modeling at the Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory, UK
10:20     10:50    Kauker, Frank and Michael Karcher (O.A.Sys -     Ocean Atmosphere Systems): S4D/DAMOCLES modeling/assimilations activities in the ocean and sea ice

10:50     11:20    Discussion: MODEL IMPROVEMENTS AND COORDINATED 100-YEAR EXPERIMENTS (Moderator: R. Gerdes and A. Proshutinsky)


14:50    15:00    Workshop adjourn and final remarks

Appendix C. Conditions for coordinated experiments
For a complete list of conditions for coordinated experiments, please download the workshop report from the Related Files at the right side of the page.

Appendix D. AOMIP operational modes and work scope
Please download the workshop report from the Related Files at the right side of the page.

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