Call for papers - Special issue on "Computing in Climate: Challenges,and Opportunities"

Computing in Science & Engineering Magazine
Special Issue on Computing in Climate: Challenges and Opportunities

Deadline for white paper: March 31, 2015

Global climate change is the defining issue of our time and addressing the threat of climate change has become a societal priority. Computing and data science play central roles for understanding the Earth System, and hence, facing the threat of climate change. Furthermore, global climate models (GCMs) pose new challenges for advanced supercomputers and software engineering. In addition, climate big data (e.g., GCM output, reanalysis data, and measurements from Earth-orbiting satellites or in-situ sensors) demand novel data analysis methods that are robust in face of spatio-temporal and geo-physical semantics, heterogeneity, non-stationarity, noise, and data gaps.

The technical topics of interest and applications include (but are not limited to):
Climate concepts for Computer & Data Scientists:
Scientific methods and datasets in climate; regional & global climate models (RCMs & GCMs); climate projections; statistical downscaling; data assimilation; uncertainty quantification; extreme events; climate sensitivity and feedback; paleoclimate data and applications; nexus of climate, water, food, energy, and health.
Computer & Data Science concepts, opportunities & advances for climate:
Advanced computing architectures for GCMs; Spatial, temporal, & spatio-temporal statistics, machine learning & data mining; Physics-aware and physics-constrained data analytics; Uncertainty visualization and communication; High-performance tools and methods; Software engineering for climate modeling; Other computing advances and applications for Climate.

The Computing in Science & Engineering (CiSE) magazine aims at providing in each issue an extraordinarily written collection of works in the form of tutorials and overview papers presenting scientific and computational contributions in a clear and accessible format. Thus, technically too deep or too shallow papers are discouraged. This issue will contain 4 to 6 articles (7000 words counting 250 words per figure/table) and another 4 to 6 short (2500 words counting 250 words per figure/table) papers. All submissions will be reviewed using the CiSE magazine guidelines. A whitepaper or manuscript may be submitted at using the Manuscript central and should not have been published or be under review elsewhere. Author guidelines are at at the CiSE magazine homepage ( along with a 2015 digital edition (free download).

March 31st, 2015: Submit a whitepaper (2500 words, IEEE double column)
April 15th, 2015: Notification of acceptance, invitation
May 30th, 2015: Manuscript due (7000 words, IEEE double column) Reviews
June 15st, 2015: Reviews
June 30th, 2015: Final manuscript due
Nov.-Dec. 2015: Expected publication date

Guest editors
• Vipin Kumar, University of Minnesota, USA (
• Shashi Shekhar, University of Minnesota, USA (
• James Fagmous, University of Minnesota, USA (