COLA Hosts Shukla Symposium on Predictability

COLA has organized the Shukla Symposium on Predictability in the Midst of Chaos, 23-24 April, 2015. “Predictability in the Midst of Chaos” is the major research theme of COLA, which collaborates with AOES in research and teaching at George Mason University.

“Chaos” refers to the complex behavior displayed by the atmosphere which makes it theoretically impossible to predict weather more than a few weeks in advance. However, interactions with the ocean and land surface provide input into the atmosphere which help to determine and potentially predict aspects of weather such as seasonal averages of rainfall or temperature.

The symposium honors predictability pioneer and COLA co-founder Jagadish Shukla. Dr. Shukla will be joined by other leaders in the field from George Mason and institutions including National Center for Atmospheric Research, University of Washington, NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, National Weather Service, and Oxford University.