GFDL - Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory

GFDL Scientists Prepare to Welcome Lab Review Team

GFDL’s research programs will undergo a comprehensive external review,
from June 30 to July 2, 2009.  All research labs of NOAA’s Office of
Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) are subject to review by a panel
of outside experts, approximately once every four years.  GFDL’s last
review was in 1999.  The purpose of these reviews is to provide an
external assessment of the effectiveness of the labs in meeting OAR
goals and objectives, and NOAA’s strategic and operating plans. 

Members of the review panel will evaluate the quality, relevance and
value of the lab?s research to both internal and external interests. 
These evaluations help to strategically position NOAA’s labs for science
planning in the future.  The confirmed members of the review panel are
senior scientists from NSF, MIT, University of Washington, Duke
University, University of Exeter, Max Planck Institute, and NCAR.

GFDL’s research will be grouped into 3 broad categories for the
review:   (1) Atmospheric and Oceanic Modeling; (2) Physical Climate
Change: Understanding and Prediction; and (3) Carbon, Biogeochemistry,
and Climate.  Organized by these categories, a series of presentations
over two and a half days will highlight accomplishments from the past
several years.   Each presentation will be followed by discussion with
the review panel.