International RSM workshop 2016

Date: September 27 to 29, 2016
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Important Dates

Abstract submission: June 15, 2016. (Extend to June 30, 2016)
Abstract acceptance and an invitation letter: July 15, 2016.
Registration deadline (without travel support nor visa application): August 31, 2016.
(Registration with travel support request and/or visa application due by July 15, 2016.)


Centro de Ciências Matemáticas e da Natureza (CCMN)at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro–UFRJ),
Cidade Universitária, Ilha do Fundão,
Rio de Janeiro, RJ,


The Regional Spectral Model (RSM) originally developed at the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) has been used extensively in regional downscaling of coarse resolution forecasts, analyses and simulations, which is one of the most challenging topics in atmospheric modeling. As in the past years, the main goals of this workshop are to introduce the RSM system and to hold hands-on sessions for this, and to provide opportunities for the RSM community to exchange their regional downscaling modeling findings using different versions of RSM. Among these versions are (1) the Global Spectral Model and RSM merged system (G-RSM) at Scripps/FSU/U-Tokyo, (2) NCEP RSM and Mesoscale Spectral Model (MSM), (3) RSM at NCSU and FUNCEME, (4) the Global/Regional Integrated Model System (GRIMS) at Yonsei University, (5) the Taiwan Central Weather Bureau (CWB) RSM, and (6) RSM/MSM at NDU. Furthermore, the RSM workshops are designed to gather together international regional model developers and users, to learn the latest modeling features being developed, especially through invited talks and contributions from end-users of modeling outputs on various time scales for application (climate risk management, wildfire, agriculture, water resources management, energy etc.). Through these discussions we wish to formulate future plans for RSM development.

Workshop Presentation (abstract)

Email your 1-page abstract (200-400 words) to if you intend to make a presentation. This abstract should describe your relevant work on regional and global spectral models. The abstract should also contain your email address. If there are multiple authors, please specify the presenter. Include this information in the body of the email. We will post your abstract on the RSM Workshop wikispace.

Workshop Registration

The RSM workshop will be held at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil. For those who require visa application and/or travel support, the deadline to register for the workshop is July 15, 2016. For else, the registration deadline is August 31, 2016. Registration is free of charge.

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Travel Support

Limited financial support will be available for students, participants from developing countries, and other invited participants. If you are eligible and need support, please note this in your registration form. Priority will be given to applicants who have secured matching funds from other sources. A commitment for matching funds should be provided in the form of a letter from the applicant's institution or other funding source.

Hotel Reservation

It is strongly recommended to book hotels in Copacabana area, in order to take advantage of the bus transportation to/from the workshop location. The Institute of Geosciences (IGEO) of UFRJ is kindly providing a bus for transportation to the workshop location. A map containing IGEO-bus stops and timetable will be available soon, together with a list of suggested hotels near the bus pick-up area.

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Program Committee Members

Ana Nunes (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Chair
Hann-Ming Henry Juang (National Centers for Environmental Prediction, USA)
Shyh-Chin Chen (US Forest Service, USA)
Song-You Hong (Korea Institute of Atmospheric Prediction Systems, Korea)
Liqiang Sun (Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites–North Carolina, USA)
Kei Yoshimura (University of Tokyo)

Local Host:

Ana Nunes (Department of Meteorology, IGEO, UFRJ)
For a visa application letter to attend the 2016 RSM Workshop, please send your request to