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

  • September 30, 2016: Todd Mooring FPO (abstract)
    Todd Mooring FPO
    Time: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
    Location: Smagorinsky Seminar Room
  • October 4, 2016: Eddy mixing and transport at the Antarctic margins (abstract)
    Andrew Stuart (UCLA)
    Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Location: Smagorinsky Seminar Room
  • October 5, 2016: Impact of fine-scale physical processes on large-scale marine ecosystem dynamics and carbon cycling (abstract)
    Xiao Liu (University of Southern California)
    Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    Location: Smagorinsky Seminar Room
  • October 6, 2016: Delta-MAPS: From spatio-temporal data to a weighted and lagged network between functional domains. A climate application (abstract)
    Annalisa Bracco (Georgia Tech)
    Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
    Location: Smagorinsky Seminar Room
  • October 11, 2016: TBD (abstract)
    Sylvia Sullivan (Georgia Tech)
    Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
    Location: 217 Conference Room
  • October 12, 2016: CPMIP: Measurements of Real Computational Performance of Earth System Models (abstract)
    V. Balaji (GFDL)
    Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    Location: Smagorinsky Seminar Room
  • October 13, 2016: TBD (abstract)
    Ming Xue (University of Oklahoma)
    Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
    Location: Smagorinsky Seminar Room
  • October 17, 2016: Equatorial Waves and the Performance of the NCEP and ECMWF Operational forecast models during NOAAs 2016 El Nino Rapid Response Campaign (abstract)
    George Kiladis
    Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Location: Smagorinsky Seminar Room
  • October 19, 2016: TBD (abstract)
    Daniel Ward (GFDL)
    Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    Location: Smagorinsky Seminar Room
  • October 20, 2016: TBD (abstract)
    Sergey Kravtsov (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
    Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
    Location: Smagorinsky Seminar Room

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