Upcoming Events



DIRECT-STEM Multi-Disciplinary Research Seminar

February 16th, Friday, 1:45-3:00pm

Location: King Hall D4053

Hosted by the NASA Direct-Stem Grant

Clouds, climate and lessons learned in trying to simulate their interactions

Dr. Mike Pritchard

Assistant Professor, University of California, Irvine


This talk will provide background on the importance of clouds to the climate system and opportunities for simulating their physics satisfyingly in modern Earth System Models. Scientific highlights from new work will be shown on two topics — (i) how stratocumulus decks may respond to climate change, and (ii) how rainforests can self-organize rainfall pattern changes in the tropical atmosphere, leading to future drought over the Amazon.   


PritchardMike Pritchard is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth System Sciences at the University of California, Irvine, where he joined the faculty in September 2013. His work is a blend of climate science and high performance computing, and comprises a group of 3 postdoctoral researchers and 3 PhD students.

Mike’s primary expertise is in next-generation climate simulation using the cloud superparameterization technique -- a multi-scale atmospheric modeling method in which thousands of embedded explicit convection models are used within the framework of a global climate model. The method is computationally intensive but promising for reducing uncertainties in climate hazard prediction. His PhD dissertation explored the benefits of this technique for improved simulation of the daily cycle of rainfall and mesoscale convective systems in climate models. He received his PhD in 2011 from UCSD/SIO in affiliation with a NSF Center of Excellence at Colorado State University devoted to seeding next-generation climate simulation technology. For his postdoc, Pritchard worked as a NOAA Global & Climate Change Fellow at the University of Washington (2011-2013) where he developed creative ways to apply superparameterized climate models to test hypotheses about the governing dynamics of the Madden-Julian Oscillation.


2017-2018 Master Calendar

2017-2018 Pre-Trainee Calendar

September 9th      Pre-Trainee Workshop #1
                             9:30am-2:30pm, King Hall Lecture Hall 1
October 14th        Pre-Trainee Workshop #2
                            9:30am-2:30pm, King Hall D4057
November 4th      Pre-Trainee Workshop #3 
                            9:30am-2:30pm, King Hall D4057
January 16-17th   Optional Matlab Workshop  
                             Time and Room TBA
February 10th      Pre-Trainee Workshop #4
                            9:30am-2:30pm, Room TBA
March 10th         Pre-Trainee Workshop #5
                           9:30am-2:30pm, Room TBA
April 14th            Pre-Trainee Workshop #6
                           9:30am-2:30pm, Room TBA  

April 27th           DIRECT-STEM Annual Symposium
                          11:00am-2:00pm, GE Ballroom 3

*Note to pre-trainee students: Attendance is mandatory for all pre-trainee workshops. If you miss a workshop you are required to attend a multi-disciplinary seminar to make up the absence. 



August 14-18th          UCI Summer Workshop: new research students only

September 9th          Seminar: 9:30am-12:00pm, King Hall Lecture Hall 1

October 6th                New Research Students Only: JPL Visit (9:45am-12:00pm)

October 20th              Seminar: 12:00-3:00pm, King Hall D4053

November 3rd             New Research Students Only: JPL Visit (9:45am-12:00pm)

November 17th           Seminar: 12:00-3:00pm, KH D4053—Dr. Richard Flagan, CalTech

February 9th               New Research Students Only: JPL Visit (9:45am-12:00pm)

February TBA             RSCA 26th Annual Student Symposium, GE Ballroom TBA

February 16th             Seminar: 12:00-3:00pm, KH D4053

March 9th                   New Research Students Only: JPL Visit (9:45am-12:00pm)

April 6th                      New Research Students Only: JPL Visit (9:45am-12:00pm)

April 27th                    DIRECT-STEM Annual Symposium, GE Ballroom #3 (11:00am-2:00pm)

May 11th                    Seminar & End of Year Survey: 12:00-4:00pm, KH D4053