Description

 

West African climate is characterized by complex atmospheric dynamics and growing anthropogenic pressures. These pressures, combined with climate change and variability, have many environmental impacts. Regional climate models include now capabilities such as interactive coupling with oceans, surface hydrology, atmospheric chemistry and biogeochemical cycles. Combined with process study and observation analysis, such systems are interesting frameworks for impact assessments over West Africa. However their complexity is such that they require high computing power and appropriate “know-how”. This point has motivated the recent development of a supercomputing center at the University of Abidjan.
 
In this context, the school proposes theoretical and practical computing sessions on regional climate and environmental modeling. It is co-organized with the final conference of the DACCIWA project (https://www.dacciwa.eu/) so that participants can benefit from both of these events. Participants are required to have a pre-existing background in Atmospheric / Earth system science and be familiar with Linux/Unix environment. English will be the spoken language during theoretical and practical sessions. 
     
 Topics:
  • Basis of regional climate and Earth System modeling 
  • Examples of climate and Earth system studies over sub-Saharan Africa
  •  Extensive hands-on regional climate and Earth system modeling sessions using HPC facilities 
  • Review and discussion of on-going projects involving climate and Earth system modeling over sub-Saharan Africa 
  • Beyond the school : Identification of regional working groups, projects and networks
 
 

 
Go to day
  • Monday, 11 March 2019
    • 09:00 - 18:30
      • 09:00 coffee / registrations 1h0'
      • 10:00 Opening Ceremony 2h0'
        Speaker: Representatives of MESRS, WASCAL, ATOS, ICTP
      • 12:00 Overview of the week and practical info 30'
        Speaker: Fabien Solmon (Laboratoire d'Aerologie, France)
      • 12:30 Lunch Break 1h30'
      • 14:00 Regional Climate and Earth System modelling, Theoretical basis 1h0'
        Speaker: Hubert Gallée (Université Grenoble Alpes, France)
      • 15:00 RegCM Overview and updates 1h0'
        Speaker: Graziano Giuliani & Fabien Solmon (ICTP, Italy; Laboratoire d'Aerologie, France)
      • 16:00 Coffee break 30'
      • 16:30 Hands on session 1: Installing RegCM, basic configuration and tests + Toward advanced configurations (High resolution, RegESM) 2h0'
        Speaker: Graziano Giuliani & Fabien Solmon (ICTP, Italy; Laboratoire d'Aerologie, France)
  • Tuesday, 12 March 2019
    • 09:00 - 18:30
      • 09:00 Lecture 1h0'
        Speaker: Hubert Gallée (Université Grenoble Alpes, France)
      • 10:00 Lecture 30'
        Speaker: Hubert Gallée (Université Grenoble Alpes, France)
      • 10:30 Coffee break 30'
      • 11:00 Working groups and miniprojects 1h30'
      • 12:30 Lunch Break 1h30'
      • 14:00 Hands on session 2: Advanced configuration (continued), Post-processing 2h0'
        Speaker: Graziano Giuliani & Fabien Solmon (ICTP, Italy; Laboratoire d'Aerologie, France)
      • 16:00 Coffee break 30'
      • 16:30 Setting up miniprojects experiments 2h0'
        Speaker: Graziano Giuliani, Fabien Solmon, Evelyne Toure N'Datchoh, Bamba Sylla, Hubert Gallée (ICTP, Italy; Laboratoire d'Aerologie, France; University Felix Houphouet-Boigny of Cocody, Cote d'Ivoire; WASCAL, Ghana; Université Grenoble Alpes, France)
  • Wednesday, 13 March 2019
    • 09:00 - 21:30
      • 09:00 Lecture 1h0'
        Speaker: Bamba Sylla (WASCAL, Ghana)
      • 10:00 Talk 30'
        Speaker: Evelyne Toure N'Datchoh (University Felix Houphouet-Boigny of Cocody, Cote d'Ivoire)
      • 10:30 Coffee break 30'
      • 11:00 Aerosol and Regional Climate Interactions over Africa 30'
        Speaker: Fabien Solmon (Laboratoire d'Aerologie, France)
      • 11:30 Hands on session 3 1h0'
        Speaker: Graziano Giuliani, Fabien Solmon, Evelyne Toure N'Datchoh, Bamba Sylla, Hubert Gallée (ICTP, Italy; Laboratoire d'Aerologie, France; University Felix Houphouet-Boigny of Cocody, Cote d'Ivoire; WASCAL, Ghana; Université Grenoble Alpes, France)
      • 12:30 Lunch Break 1h30'
      • 14:00 Hands on session 3 (continued) 2h0'
        Speaker: Graziano Giuliani, Fabien Solmon, Evelyne Toure N'Datchoh, Bamba Sylla, Hubert Gallée (ICTP, Italy; Laboratoire d'Aerologie, France; University Felix Houphouet-Boigny of Cocody, Cote d'Ivoire; WASCAL, Ghana; Université Grenoble Alpes, France)
      • 16:00 Coffee break 30'
      • 16:30 Poster introduction 1h0'
      • 17:30 Round table discussion Cordex-Africa 1h0'
      • 19:30 School Group Dinner 2h0'
  • Thursday, 14 March 2019
    • 09:00 - 18:30
      • 09:00 Hands on session 4 1h30'
        Speaker: Graziano Giuliani, Fabien Solmon, Evelyne Toure N'Datchoh, Bamba Sylla, Hubert Gallée (ICTP, Italy; Laboratoire d'Aerologie, France; University Felix Houphouet-Boigny of Cocody, Cote d'Ivoire; WASCAL, Ghana; Université Grenoble Alpes, France)
      • 10:30 Coffee break 30'
      • 11:00 Hands on session 4 (continued) 1h30'
        Speaker: Graziano Giuliani, Fabien Solmon, Evelyne Toure N'Datchoh, Bamba Sylla, Hubert Gallée (ICTP, Italy; Laboratoire d'Aerologie, France; University Felix Houphouet-Boigny of Cocody, Cote d'Ivoire; WASCAL, Ghana; Université Grenoble Alpes, France)
      • 12:30 Lunch Break 1h30'
      • 14:00 Hands on session 4 (continued) 2h0'
        Speaker: Graziano Giuliani, Fabien Solmon, Evelyne Toure N'Datchoh, Bamba Sylla, Hubert Gallée (ICTP, Italy; Laboratoire d'Aerologie, France; University Felix Houphouet-Boigny of Cocody, Cote d'Ivoire; WASCAL, Ghana; Université Grenoble Alpes, France)
      • 16:00 Coffee break 30'
      • 16:30 Hands on session 4 (continued) 2h0'
        Speaker: Graziano Giuliani, Fabien Solmon, Evelyne Toure N'Datchoh, Bamba Sylla, Hubert Gallée (ICTP, Italy; Laboratoire d'Aerologie, France; University Felix Houphouet-Boigny of Cocody, Cote d'Ivoire; WASCAL, Ghana; Université Grenoble Alpes, France)
  • Friday, 15 March 2019
    • 09:00 - 16:30
      • 09:00 Hands on session 5: Restitution of projects 1h30'
      • 10:30 Coffee break 30'
      • 11:00 Hands on session 5: Restitution of projects (continued) 1h30'
      • 12:30 Lunch Break 1h30'
      • 14:00 Debriefing with MESRS, ATOS, and closing Ceremony 2h0'
      • 16:00 Coffee break 30'