Waves, Turbulence, and Large-scale Structures in Rotating Magnetic Fluids: Above & Beyond Geophysical Fluid Dynamics

Monday, September 10, 2018 to Friday, September 14, 2018


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This workshop is by invitation.

Description: Rotation plays a dominant role in a wide range of areas of astrophysical and geophysical fluid dynamics, from the Earth’s atmosphere and oceans, planetary atmospheres, and planetary interiors through solar, stellar, and galactic dynamics to astrophysical discs. Nevertheless, our knowledge and understanding of the phenomena of turbulence, waves, structures, and multiscale dynamics in magnetized rotating plasma remain rudimentary, and they have not received the attention they deserve in spite of many successful developments in geophysical fluid dynamics. Recently, the multidisciplinary approach in magnetohydrodynamics research has been increasing as well as the range of temporal and spatial scales on which astrophysical—namely solar phenomena—are observed by modern instrumentation and monitoring systems. This was discussed in the GTP 2016 workshop. There is a pressing need for new initiatives to further develop the foundations of our understanding of the multiscale phenomena of magnetized turbulence, waves, and large-scale dynamics in presence of rotation to deepen the analogies with geophysical fluid dynamics, find key differences, and advance new frontiers of research. The goal of this workshop is to bring together leading experts from the geophysical and astrophysical communities to discuss basic aspects of the physics of turbulence, instabilities, and waves in the context of rotating plasma, large-scale flows, predictability, and to foster novel developments both in astrophysical and geophysical fluid dynamics.

The workshop is sponsored by NSF and GTP.

Scientific Organizing Committee:


Arakel Petrosyan (IKI) Chair

Phil Armitage (CU Boulder/JILA)

Mausumi Dikpati (NCAR/HAO)

Scott McIntosh (NCAR/HAO)

Peter Sullivann (NCAR/MMM)

Joe Tribbia (NCAR/CGD)


Local Organizing Committee:


Mausumi Dikpati (NCAR/HAO)

Kris Marwitz (MMM)

Sheryl Shapiro (NCAR/HAO) 


Tentative list of confirmed participants: