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Improving the Scientific Foundation for Atmosphere-Land-Ocean Simulations: Report of A Workshop A Statement of Task This workshop, which will be open to the public, will use key presentations, panelist discussion, and open discussion to explore and evaluate current efforts to model physical processes of coupled atmosphere-ocean-land models. Specifically, the following questions will be addressed at the workshop: What is the status of and what are the major errors associated with the parameterization of physical processes in A-L-O models ranging from local-daily scales to regional-decadal scales? What effects do these errors have on model output compared to other sources of error? How can model parameterizations be improved to represent the essential physics in A-L-O models? How can these parameterizations be tested rigorously, and what supporting infrastructure is needed to do so? What is the appropriate balance between the efforts being directed toward improving physical parameterizations and the efforts being directed toward other model development and application activities?
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