The influences of increasing greenhouse gas concentrations on our global climate system have been well established. With unabated emissions, our planet will warm over the next 80 years by about ~3-4oC. What is less well known is how global warming will impact climate on regional scales. To address this question, climate modeling centers worldwide, including the IBS Center for Climate Physics (ICCP) at Pusan National University, have launched an effort to conduct global warming climate model experiments at the highest spatial scale possible with the current generation of supercomputers.
The latest discoveries from this international initiative were presented and discussed during the “IBS Conference for high-resolution earth system modeling” during October 12~14, 2020, which was attended by 170 scientists from across the world. In 25 keynote presentations, world-leading experts shared their experience in analyzing the computer model simulations. Presentations covered important subjects such as the response of typhoons to global warming, the decline of Arctic sea ice, the stability of ocean currents, coastal processes, extreme rainfall and the climate over the Korean Peninsula. On October 14th, the conference shifted to a workshop-style format, which included several tutorials and focused mainly on the analysis of the simulations conducted by the IBS Center for Climate Physics. These simulations, which were conducted on the IBS/ICCP supercomputer Aleph and which resulted in about 2,000 TeraBytes of data, are currently being analyzed by 10 international groups.