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7th International Workshop on Adjoint Applications in Dynamic Meteorology

The workshop is being held 8-13 October 2006 (Sunday night through Friday lunch) at the Universit├Ątszentrum Obergurgl in Obergurgl, Tyrol, Austria. As at the previous workshops, some talks regarding adjoint applications outside meteorology may be presented, although that will be the emphasis. Also, some talks that exclude adjoints may be presented, for example, concerning data assimilation or ensemble forecasting. The program should include ample discussion time and perhaps allow debate on some controversial issues. This conference center is associated with the University of Innsbruck, at the uppermost end of one of the nearby mountain valleys. In keeping with the previous adjoint workshops, room and board will be inexpensive with no or minimal registration fee.

The organizing committee includes: Ronald Errico, Martin Ehrendorfer, Sue Ballard, Jan Barkmeijer, Carla Cardinali, Gerald Desroziers, Monique Tanguay, and Liang Xu.

Evolving information about the workshop will be found at http://www2.uibk.ac.at/meteo/ courtesy of Martin Ehrendorfer (click on adjoint workshop at the bottom of the column on the left-hand side of the web page). Abstracts will be requested by some to-be-determined date this spring. This is an open workshop.


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The 7th International Workshop on Adjoint Applications in Dynamic Meteorology
Obergurgl, Tyrol, Austria 8-13 October 2006

Please read this carefully and respond appropriately.

As at previous workshops, we will have a mixture of short talks an (invited) long talks, as well as posters and some special evening presentations. Although the title of this workshop purposefully includes the words adjoint and dynamic meteorology we do welcome: (1) presentations that do not concern adjoints but concern the same applications to which adjoint are applied, such as ensemble forecasting or data assimilation, and (2) presentations regarding adjoint applications in other fields, such as particularly oceanography. The title was purposefully chosen for the first adjoint workshop in order to keep the number of participants manageable, but we also desire a cross-fertilization of ideas.

As for previous Adjoint Workshops, please do not plan a presentation that primarily advertises your work. Instead, focus on a few, important new things that you have learned through your work, and plan on explaining them with sufficient detail so that the audience can properly understand your claims and how they are supported. Your goal should be to teach us all something about adjoint related problems.

If you want to present a short talk or poster, you must send an abstract to Ron Errico at rerrico@gmao.gsfc.nasa.gov before 10 May. Include a title and abstract with names of the presenter and co-authors and affiliations. The abstract should be in ASCII text format (.txt file or simply an ASCII email text) and not be more than about 300 hundred words. You can assume the readers know what the basics are, such as an adjoint, singular vector, 4DVAR, Kalman Filter, etc. Indicate whether you prefer a poster or oral presentation, although the final decision will be that of the organizers. Although many of you have worked on several projects since the previous workshop, please restrict yourself to presenting only one yourself. You will have opportunities to discuss additional work privately with others, but by being so considerate, others will have an opportunity to publicly present their works too. Accepted abstracts will eventually be posted on the workshop website ( http://www2.uibk.ac.at/meteo/ click on adjoint workshop). You will be notified if your abstract has been accepted by 1 June.

The organizers are also seeking recommendations for topics and names of speakers for long invited talks. These may be presentations of either new but fundamental science requiring some additional time to present or review or tutorial-like talks intended for those just stepping into the field. We also are requesting suggestions for possible topics and speakers for a couple of evening talks that will be more informal and perhaps controversial or speculative. We will consider organizing a session that is more like a debate or group discussion if an appropriate topic and key presenters are suggested. The organizers would really like your suggestions regarding these choices, so please give it some thought and respond if you have specific recommendations.

The workshop will begin Monday morning (but with dinner provided Sunday evening) and end with lunch on Friday. No talks will likely be scheduled Wednesday afternoon, but one or two evenings may have informal presentations or group discussions. The cost of a shared room plus three meals at the conference center will be 44 euros/day, with 10 euros/day extra for single occupancy. We will likely fill the center, especially if some participants elect to be single occupants of rooms. Students (with a student ID card from any school) will receive a 9 euro/day discount on their room. There are several guest houses adjacent to the center that are approximately 10 euro/day more expensive. We will arrange for people staying in them to have lunch and dinner with all the other participants at the center. Detailed instructions for hotel registering will be provided with the abstract acceptance notification. We anticipate a registration fee of approximately US$50 to cover some conference site expenses.

We will likely hire a bus that could take up to 50 people from the train station and airport in Innsbruck on Sunday evening to Obergurgl with a return after lunch on Friday. The fee for this should be small or perhaps free. We will provide details after we determine them in the future. If you are interested in taking this bus, please let us know when you submit your abstract so we can get a rough count.

The U.S. National Science Foundation has kindly provided some funds to assist participants in their expenses. Since these are funds from a domestic rather than international U.S. agency, priority will be given to students at U.S. institutions, followed by postdocs at the same, then students or postdocs in developing countries, followed by the same in other countries, then more senior U.S. university researchers, followed by all others. Only partial support will be provided to any applicant: likely it will be limited to expenses incurred at the conference center or in Innsbruck, for example, if an extra night stay is required near the airport for departure on Saturday morning. Although the available funds are limited, in the past the same amount has been sufficient to cover all requests. If extra funds are available, it is possible that plane fares could also be covered, but note that then you must fly a U.S. carrier (company or code share) if at all possible, even if the cost is greater than otherwise. If you desire assistance, email Ron ( rerrico@gmao.gsfc.nasa.gov ) with your name, affiliation, position (student, postdoc, or other), and the amount of your request. Additionally, if you are a student or postdoc, request that your sponsor also send Ron an email recommending support and explaining that expenses not covered by these funds will be covered by some other source. We will attempt to save some of the rooms at the conference center, that are likely less expensive than the nearby guest houses, for those receiving these NSF funds. Also, note that recipients of these funds may be asked to share a room at the conference center. Applicants will receive notice of any award amount and instructions for obtaining the funds (reimbursement about 1 month after the workshop) by 15 June.

We look forward to seeing many of you again and some new faces too!


For the workshop organizers,
Ron Errico
rerrico@gmao.gsfc.nasa.gov


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