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What are the limits of modeling our planet?

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The National Center for Atmospheric Research invites you to join us for the second lecture in the 2018 NCAR Explorer Series:

On April 25th, learn about the advances in computer modeling of Earth's atmosphere, with NCAR's Scientist Dr. Richard Loft.

6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Our hands-on exhibits about weather, climate, and the Sun-Earth connection will be open for viewing before the talk (staff will be on hand to answer your questions & provide group tours)

7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Talk by Dr. Richard Loft: "What are the limits of modeling our planet?"

8:00 - 8:30 p.m. Questions & conversations

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Soon after their invention, scientists harnessed computers to serve as powerful mathematical “telescopes”, enabling the investigation of problems that couldn’t be solved by human brainpower alone. These early explorations led to the discovery of chaos theory and soon thereafter to the modeling of that crucial, thin layer of fluids that enshrouds planet Earth – our atmosphere and oceans. These models produced improved weather forecasts, saving untold lives and property, and led to an understanding of the risks of continued greenhouse gas emissions, knowledge surely critical to sustaining human technological civilization.

What lies ahead for computing in atmospheric science? Today, the computing power once largely wielded by scientists is now in the hands of billions of people, readily accessible from any tablet or smartphone. Ideas like virtual reality, artificial intelligence, the internet of things and the cloud have leapt from science fiction and straight into consumer products. Science, which once led the charge in computing technology, is now both feeding off these macro trends and struggling to keep up. The road ahead will require us to rethink our approach to modeling, prediction, and delivering information to an increasingly-wired society. This public talk will discuss some of the challenges and also provide a glimpse of the wonders that lie in store.


Live Webcam is available for this event: http://ucarconnect.ucar.edu/live

Admission is free, however seating is limited. In order to ensure a seat in the lecture hall, please obtain a free Evenbrite ticket. Please let us know if you need sign language interpretation so that we can make those accomodations.

If there are no tickets remaining, we encourage you to sign up for an overflow ticket. It is very likely that those with overflow tickets will be able to see the talk in the main seminar room. If there is not enough room, we will provide another space where you will be able to watch a live feed of the talk.

Fore more information, visit the NCAR Explorer Series Website.

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