GFDL - Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory

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The Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) is engaged in comprehensive long lead-time research fundamental to NOAA’s mission. Scientists at GFDL develop and use mathematical models and computer simulations to improve our understanding and prediction of the behavior of the atmosphere, the oceans, and climate. GFDL scientists focus on model-building relevant for society, such as hurricane research, prediction, and seasonal forecasting, and understanding global and regional climate change.

Since 1955, GFDL has set the agenda for much of the world’s research on the modeling of global climate change and has played a significant role in the World Meteorological Organization, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessments, and the U.S. Global Change Research Program. GFDL’s mission is to be a world leader in the development of earth system models, and the production of timely and reliable knowledge and assessments on natural climate variability and anthropogenic changes.

GFDL research encompasses the predictability and sensitivity of global and regional climate; the structure, variability, dynamics and interaction of the atmosphere and the ocean; and the ways that the atmosphere and oceans influence, and are influenced by various trace constituents. The scientific work of the Laboratory incorporates a variety of disciplines including meteorology, oceanography, hydrology, classical physics, fluid dynamics, chemistry, applied mathematics, and numerical analysis.

Research is also facilitated by the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Program (AOS), which is a collaborative program at GFDL with Princeton University. Under this program, Princeton faculty, research scientists, and graduate students participate in theoretical studies, both analytical and numerical, and in observational experiments in the laboratory and in the field. The program is supported in part by NOAA funding. AOS scientists may also be involved in GFDL research through institutional or international agreements.

For an overview of GFDL’s work, see our Fact Sheet.


Research Highlights

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Events & Seminars

  • October 26, 2016: Measuring and Modeling the Radiative Forcing from Carbon Dioxide and Methane (abstract)
    Dan Feldman (Lawrence/Berkley Lab)
    Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    Location: Smagorinsky Seminar Room
  • October 31, 2016: Non-monotonic response of warm convective clouds to changes in aerosol loading (abstract)
    Guy Dagan (The Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot Israel)
    Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    Location: Smagorinsky Seminar Room
  • October 31, 2016: Tropical waves, the MJO, and double ITCZs (abstract)
    Da Yang (Universtiy of California, Berkley)
    Time: 10:30 am - 11:30 am
    Location: 217 Conference Room
  • November 1, 2016: Opaque aspects of convection-circulation coupling in the tropical atmosphere. (abstract)
    Bjorn Stevens (Max-Planck Institute - Hamburg Germany)
    Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Location: Smagorinsky Seminar Room
  • November 2, 2016: Lunchtime Seminar (abstract)
    Lunchtime Seminar
    Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    Location: Smagorinsky Seminar Room
  • November 9, 2016: Seasonal prediction and predictability of Arctic sea ice in the GFDL forecast system (abstract)
    Mitch Bushuk (GFDL)
    Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    Location: Smagorinsky Seminar Room
  • November 16, 2016: TBD (abstract)
    Brandon Reichl (GFDL)
    Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    Location: Smagorinsky Seminar Room
  • December 1, 2016: TBD (abstract)
    Isla Simpson (NCAR)
    Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
    Location: Smagorinsky Seminar Room

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