IPRC News 2009

Workshop on Computationally-Intensive Modeling
of the Climate System

December 11, 2009
On December 9 and 10, the IPRC and the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology held an international conference at the East-West Center at which scientists reported on the latest results from cutting-edge climate models. Topics included the modeling of atmospheric and ocean dynamics, tropical and midlatitude ocean and coupled ocean-atmosphere processes, and climate change, as well as issues in climate model development (read program and media coverage).

Pacific Climate Science Perspective for
the Copenhagen Conference

December 8, 2009
IPRC Interim Director Kevin Hamilton and Principal Investigator of the Mauna Loa Observatory Dr. John Barnes discuss on HPR's Energy Futures Program with host Doug Carlson the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference and the consequences that further warming could have on Hawaii, particularly on hurricanes and sea-level rise (more).

James Potemra Recognized by AGU for Excellence in
Reviewing Manuscripts

August 28, 2009
James Potemra, Assistant Manager of IPRC’s Asia-Pacific Data-Research Center, was among the recipients of the American Geophysical Union (AGU)'s 2008 Editors' Citations for Excellence in Refereeing. The awardees are commended by the AGU editors for “consistently providing constructive and thoughtful reviews” of manuscripts.

Hurricane Modeling and Forecasting Research

July 22, 2009
The work of IPRC’s Professor Yuqing Wang and Postdoctoral Fellow Hironori Fudeyasu and JAMSTEC colleagues on predicting tropical cyclones with the powerful, global cloud-system-resolving Nonhydrostatic Icosahedral Atmospheric Model (NICAM) is featured in Kaunana, the magazine featuring research of the University of Hawaii.

Past Abrupt Climate Change

July 22, 2009
Axel Timmermann speaks about results from the ongoing climate model simulation on the Oak Ridge National Laboratory supercomputer, which provides an unprecedented view into the mechanisms of abrupt climate change. See Hawaii Public Radio news interview with Ben Markus and Perspectives in latest issue of Science.

Anticipating Hurricane Intensity

June 26, 2009
Anticipating hurricane intensity remains a challenge because it is difficult to observe and model the storm's inner core. In a paper co-authored with UH Meteorology graduate student Xiaqiong Zhou, Bin Wang showed how hurricanes transform into annular hurricanes, which are highly intense and resistant to weakening. The study was chosen as a research highlight by the editors of the AGU publication Geophysical Research Letters and featured in Earth.

New UH-JAMSTEC Cooperative Agreement Extends IPRC-JAMSTEC Scientific Partnership

April 6, 2009
The University of Hawaii has entered into a new five-year Cooperative Agreement with the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) to support collaborative climate research at the International Pacific Research Center (read more).

IPRC's Yuqing Wang Chosen by UH ITS
as "Researcher of the Month"

March 3, 2009
Information Technology Services at the University of Hawaii chose Yuqing Wang as "Researcher of the Month." Wang uses sophisticated weather models to study the structure and intensity of tropical cyclones (read more) .

IPRC hosts Joint IPCC-WCRP-IGBP Workshop:
New Science Directions and Activities Relevant to the IPCC AR5

March 3-6, 2009
The IPRC hosted leading climate scientists from around the world to identify developments in climate change science and discuss implications for understanding the Earth System and its response to accelerating emissions of greenhouse gases and pollution particulates, and deforestation. Sponsors were the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change , World Climate Research Programme , and  International Geosphere- Biosphere Programme   (more).

IPRC Launches Public Lecture Series in Climate Science

March 2, 2009
The IPRC launched the IPRC Public Lecture in Climate Science with a talk by Susan Solomon , a leader in the field of atmospheric science. Her talk, “A Tale of Environmental Change: Something for Everyone about Climate Change, and Climate Gridlock,” was held at the University of Hawaii Manoa and attracted an audience of nearly 200 (read more).

UH Information Technology Services Selects Professor Tim Li
as "Researcher of the Month"

January 2009
UH Information Technology Services selected a fourth IPRC researcher, Tim Li , as "Researcher of the Month," an indication that IPRC scientists are at the cutting-edge of using supercomputers for climate research. Li is conducting computer modeling experiments to understand tropical cyclone formation (more).

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