That’s a wrap! Final session of SBL workshop

31 March 2017 by Secretariaat GRS

That’s a wrap! Today was devoted entirely to the GABLS4 intercomparison project. The focus of GABLS – the GEWEX (Global Energy and Water Cycle Experiment) Atmospheric Boundary Layer Studies - is to provide an intercomparison project to assess model performance to be used as a benchmark for further atmospheric study. Now on its fourth project, the cases have increased in complexity and challenge for the models. GABLS4 is designed specifically around a 24-hr cycle of observations at the Dome C site in Antarctica, with LES and single column models used in an attempt to replicate the observed conditions.

The presentations started with overviews of the GABLS4 case and initial results. These were followed by presentations on different aspects of the modelling and the current deficiencies, with new solutions proposed and discussed. The afternoon ended with a discussion about the future direction of the project and the needs of the boundary layer community as a whole.

It was a spectacular week. Not to be immodest, but many have called it the “best conference/workshop ever”! Lovely spring weather here in Delft helped, but overall it was the result of the combination of enthusiastic participants, excellent presentaions, and engaging, progressive discussion.

It should also not be left unnoticed the support that was received in making the week a success. The staff at Sport and Cultuur have been extremely helpful throughout the week, accommodating our many requests, assisting us with our technical requirements and room set up, and ensuring we remain well fed and hydrated.

Of particular note, though, was all the work done by the GRS secretariat. Without the unwavering and extensive support of Debbie, Irma, and Lidwien, bringing the week together would have been an impossible task. Words can't do justice, but on behalf of the organizing committee and the participants, we are incredibly grateful for all of their hard work!

With the week at a close and the attendees returned – or returning – home, there is much to reflect on. A summary of the workshop will be published in the near future to document the discussion highlights - there are certainly many challenges and unanswered questions to tackle! In the meantime, the participants are leaving with a renewed sense of direction and enthusiasm for their own work, hopefully with new contacts and plans for further collaborative endeavours. We look forward to the next ten years and all that lies ahead until 2027 and the 4th Decennial Meeting…

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