Donald J. Wuebbles

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Climate Dynamics


Zachary Zobel, Jiali Wang, Donald J. Wuebbles, and V. Rao Kotamarthi (2017): Evaluations of High-Resolution Dynamically Downscaled Ensembles Over the Contiguous United States, Climate Dynamics, Springer Nature


K. A. Reed, J. T. Bacmeister, N. A. Rosenbloom, M. F. Wehner, S. C. Bates, P. H. Lauritzen, J. E. Truesdale, and C. Hannay (2015): Impact of the Dynamical Core on the Direct Simulation of Tropical Cyclones in a High-Resolution Global Model, Geophys. Res. Lett., Wiley-Blackwell, Vol 42, Num 9, pp3603--3608

6 science teams begin using Blue Waters Early Science System

Six research teams have begun using the first phase of the Blue Waters sustained-petascale supercomputer to study some of the most challenging problems in science and engineering, from supernovae to climate change to the molecular mechanism of HIV infection. The Blue Waters Early Science System, which is made up of 48 Cray XE6 cabinets, represents about 15 percent of the total Blue Waters computational system and is currently the most powerful computing resource available through the National Science Foundation..

Blue Waters Illinois allocations awarded to 26 research teams

Twenty-six research teams at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been allocated computation time on the National Center for Supercomputing Application's (NCSA) sustained-petascale Blue Waters supercomputer after applying in Fall 2016. These allocations range from 25,000 to 600,000 node-hours of compute time over a time span of either six months or one year. The research pursuits of these teams are incredibly diverse, ranging anywhere from physics to political science..

A cooler path

Donald Wuebbles, a professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has spent most of the past 40 years studying atmospheric chemistry and physical processes and their effect on climate, as well as the effects on the climate system resulting from human activities, including studies of the emissions that generate air pollution. He uses NCSA supercomputers to create and study 3D models of the atmosphere..

Skilling at Fermilab: Supercomputer aids scientists tracking supertornadoes, severe weather

When a supertornado tears through a town and demolishes every building in sight, the funnel cloud and its trail of destruction is clear to the naked eye. But when a computing data network uses a supercomputer the size of two football fields to collect the data and digitize its images, scientists learn more about what creates and sustains these destructive storms – and helps predict them. WGN chief meteorologist Tom Skilling hosted two presentations from various scientists and meteorologists at Fermilab Saturday at the 34th annual tornado and severe weather seminar, which included the effects of climate change on weather. ... Donna Cox, leader of the Advanced Visualization Laboratory at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, presented the University of Illinois' supercomputer, Blue Waters. Cox said Blue Waters is the fastest supercomputer on any university campus and one of the fastest in the world..