GFDL - Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory

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GFDL is engaged in comprehensive 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, weather and ocean prediction, seasonal forecasting, and understanding global and regional climate change.

GFDL’s research encompasses the predictability and sensitivity of global and regional climate; the structure, variability, dynamics and interaction of the atmosphere and the ocean; and he ways that the atmosphere and oceans influence, and are influenced by various trace constituents. This science incorporates a variety of disciplines including meteorology, oceanography, hydrology, classical physics, fluid dynamics, chemistry, applied mathematics, and numerical analysis.  GFDL has set the agenda for much of the world’s research on the modeling of global climate change since 1955.

Research is also facilitated by the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Program, 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.


Research Highlights

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Events & Seminars

  • November 22, 2017: Evaluation of PBL simulation in GFDL AGCMs: Improvement by a refined vertical grid resolution and a revised PBL parameterization scheme (abstract)
    Hailey Shin
    Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    Location: Smagorinsky Seminar Room
  • November 27, 2017: Carbonaceous Gas and Aerosol Measurements to Validate Models and Verify Emissions (abstract)
    Manvendra Dubey (Los Alamos National Laboratory, DOE)
    Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Location: Smagorinsky Seminar Room
  • November 28, 2017: Diabatic Influence of Recurving Tropical Cyclones on the Midlatitude Atmospheric Circulation (abstract)
    Heather Archambault (GFDL Associate Director)
    Time: 10:30 am - 11:30 am
    Location: Smagorinsky Seminar Room
  • November 29, 2017: A Hole in the Wind: A Bicycle Journey Across the US, Looking at Climate (abstract)
    David Goodrich (Chesapeake Climate Action Network)
    Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    Location: Smagorinsky Seminar Room
  • November 29, 2017: Variability in the ocean carbon sink: Drivers and challenges to detection of change (abstract)
    Galen A. McKinley, (Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University)
    Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Location: Smagorinsky Seminar Room
  • December 7, 2017: TBD (abstract)
    Formal Seminar - Amilcare Porporato (Princeton University)
    Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Location: Smagorinsky Seminar Room
  • December 20, 2017: Record warm global mean surface temperatures in 2014-2016 linked to large ocean heat releases from the western tropical Pacific (abstract)
    Prof. Jianjun Yin (Univ of Arizona)
    Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    Location: Smagorinsky Seminar Room

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GFDL Research as the Foundation for Applications

The National Weather Service announced in July 2016 that it has adopted the FV3 core, developed at GFDL, as the backbone for the next generation US weather prediction model. This next generation model, with the ability to represent weather processes at very small spatial scales, should provide a major leap forward in US weather prediction capabilities, leading to improved prediction of extreme storms
Since 2013, GFDL has been a major contributor to the US component of the North American Multi Model Ensemble (NMME) for seasonal forecasting. GFDL's leading edge prediction models have formed a crucial backbone of this prediction activity in support of NOAA's mission, and provide significant advances in seasonal prediction of El Niño and hurricane activity.
Scientists at GFDL have developed and released a new model code at the forefront of ocean simulation and prediction. The code, MOM6, uses state-of-the-art techniques to substantially improve our ability to model and predict the ocean, including ocean biogeochemistry and ecosystems. The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) has announced that they will use MOM6 for their next generation of the Community Earth System Model.