GFDL - Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory


The GFDL Science Board and Research Council were formed in October 2012.

Science Board

The Science Board comprises a small subset of the senior and distinguished members of the Lab who have had experience in serving as Group Leaders or in any other important scientific leadership positions for a period of time, and who have also had leadership experience in Lab-wide interactions for a number of years. The Lab’s Deputy Director is a member of the Science Board. The Director appoints new Science Board members after consultations with the existing membership. The Science Board members are assigned the responsibility of giving guidance to the Lab’s overarching and long-term science horizons, progress and strategies, and having oversight of the Lab’s overall science progress. The Science Board serves in an advisory capacity to the Laboratory Director.


Research Council

The Research Council is comprised of the Laboratory’s Scientific Group Leaders, IT and Modeling Services Group Leaders, Liaison Lead, Deputy Director, and 3 at-large Members each doing 2-year rotations. The at-large members are drawn from across the Laboratory, with due weight to those persons not serving in any other capacity in the Lab (e.g., membership in other bodies), and with consideration given to a host of factors (expertise, leadership ability, experience, under-represented sectors). The Research Council is responsible for the: scientific progress towards the Lab’s stated science goals; Group vision, plans, research formulation, implementation, and execution, including cross-Group interactions. The Research Council serves in an advisory capacity to the Director. Appointments to the Research Council are made by the Director guided by the recommendation of the existing members of the Research Council.


Early Career Scientist Committee

The purpose of the early career scientist committee is to foster the career development, productivity, and well-being of early career scientists. The committee serves staff across the scope of GFDL’s research effort, from computational to climate and earth system science. The committee’s primary tasks are to identify and communicate career development opportunities, and identify career development obstacles and develop proposals to address them. Topics will include, but not be limited to: new scientist orientation, training and leadership development opportunities, mentoring, travel, merit criteria and promotion tracks, co-authorship policies, and work-life balance. The committee will consist of five members and a chair, but will draw input from early career scientists throughout the laboratory.  Each member will serve for one to two years before rotating out. Meetings will be held once per quarter, and more often as required to address issues raised.   Outcomes from the committee’s activities, including proposals to address obstacles, will be reported to the director and deputy director for consideration.


Computer Users Advisory Board (CUAB)

The Computer Users Advisory Board (CUAB) serves in an advisory capacity to the Director, bringing guidance, advice, and the point of view of computer users to the attention of GFDL’s Technical Services and senior management. CUAB focuses on broad policy, procedures, and systemic difficulties that impact multiple computer users. The committee also serves to facilitate the exchange of information concerning effective utilization of resources. The vision of CUAB is to realize available IT resources that are effectively utilized, along with computing support staff that is responsive to user issues. CUAB consists of three members, each serving a three-year term. The terms are staggered such that one of the three member positions is re-appointed each year by the Director, and the most senior member of CUAB serves as the chair. The members of CUAB are scientific users of the computing resources available to GFDL and are selected to represent different types of use (i.e. high performance computing and model development, scientific analysis, model


Model Development Team

From 2013 to 2016, GFDL’s Model Development Team (MDT) will design and develop a climate model suitable for projection of climate change up to several hundred years into the future, for attribution of climate change over the past century, and for prediction on seasonal to decadal time scales. The design will keep in mind the need for improved regional climate information and assessments of diverse climate impacts. The model will be designed to run from carbon cycle and aerosols emissions, as well as concentrations. The detailed model structure is determined by the expertise and interest within GFDL, based on the Lab’s experience regarding human and computational resources needed to develop and utilize such a model.

The MDT has a Steering Committee (SC), Atmospheric, Oceanic, Land, and Coupled Model Working Groups (AWG, OWG, LWG, CWG) and a Diagnostic and Evaluation Team (DET). The leadership is appointed by the Director.


GFDL Awards Committee

The GFDL Awards Committee was created to assist the lab director and supervisors in determining appropriate award opportunities for GFDL scientific staff, especially those associated with relevant professional societies. The committee identifies potential nominees for those awards and helps develop compelling nominations. Committee members were selected to represent a cross-section of the lab’s scientific groups. Over the past few years, GFDL has been successful in garnering recognition for its scientists. See this link for a current list of those who have received honors and awards.