Next Generation Climate Data Products Workshop


Recorded sessions. Please use the "Recorded Sessions" link on the navigation bar on the left.

This workshop will bring together statistical and data scientists with those modeling climate and climate impacts to share ideas on improving the creation of data products.
Even with the availability of homogeneous and quality controlled observations, the challenge remains to create data products that are of sufficient spatial and temporal quality to address a broad range of problems in climate research. In particular, there is a need to attach various measures of uncertainty to these products to facilitate comparison to, and among, numerical experiments, or when used as input to other models for climate impact assessment. While there are rich methodologies for incorporating spatial and space-time data into models it is unclear how much complexity is merited in practice and what methods are most appropriate and consistent with process knowledge for these climate data problems.
Real world climate applications provide insight into the kinds of data products needed to actually support decisions and planning. Creation of these next generation data products require innovative modeling methodology and collaboration among disciplines. The Next Generation Climate Data Workshop, as part of the IMAGe 2013 Climate Analytics Theme-of-the-Year, will bring together the necessary knowledge and tools to evaluate, improve, and implement better science products and decision-support structures.

Link to Program

Webcast, Recording and Presentations (Posters and Slides):

Talks will be webcast and recorded. Please visit the links on the navigation bar on the left of this page.

Workshop goals:

  • Identify data products and analytical tools needed by the climate impact research communities.
  • Explore and address challenges to creating high spatial- and temporal-resolution data products, with associated uncertainty.
  • Facilitate collaboration among the statistics, climate modeling, and climate impact communities, and, where appropriate, form working groups on specific topics that will persist beyond the workshop.


Participants giving invited talks or posters are automatically registered. Those who wish to participate in the workshop, and are not giving an invited talk or poster, are required to register.

Graduate student and early career scientist participation:

A portion of the workshop agenda will feature presentations by graduate students and earlier career scientists. Our hope is that these presentations will help define some of the discussion topics, working groups, and encourage collaboration among participants.

Abstracts are due April 30. Notification of acceptance will be on May 10. In addition to the abstract, please submit the following:

  1. NSF style biographical sketch (2 pages).
  2. Brief statement of interest (1 page).

Travel fellowships are available and will be awarded on a competitive basis. To apply for a travel fellowship, also submit the following by the April 30 deadline:

  1. Level of support required. Indicate one of the following:
    • local only, i.e., food and lodging
    • travel and local, i.e., flight, food, and lodging
  2. Advisor letter of support (graduate students only). This letter should indicate any matching funds offered by your institution.

Invited speakers

  • Sudipto Banerjee, University of Minnesota

  • Veronica Berrocal, University of Michigan

  • Cindy Bruyere, NCAR

  • Jim Clark, Duke University

  • Dan Cooley, Colorado State University

  • Johannes Feddema, University of Kansas

  • Chris Forest, Pennsylvania State University

  • Eric Gilleland, NCAR

  • Joe Guinness, NC State University

  • Ethan Gutmann, NCAR

  • Forrest Hoffman, Oak Ridge National Lab

  • Seth McGinnis, NCAR

  • Ralph Milliff, University of Colorado CIRES

  • Jeff Morisette, U.S. Geological Survey

  • Robert Rohde, Berkeley Earth

  • Bruno Sanso, University of California Santa Cruz

  • David Schimel, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab

  • Richard Smith, SAMSI

  • John Stachniewicz, Global Science and Technology, Inc.

  • Michael Wehner, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

  • Shaocheng Xie, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

  • Francis Zwiers, Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium

Scientific committee

  • Veronica Berrocal, University of Michigan

  • William Christensen, Brigham Young University

  • Peter Guttorp, University of Washington

  • Jessica Matthews, NOAA

  • Bruno Sanso, University of California, Santa Cruz

  • Richard Smith, SAMSI

  • Michael Wehner, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab