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CLIVAR Bulletin June 2012

CLIVAR News and Announcements

‣      19th Session of the CLIVAR Scientific Steering Group

The 19th Session of the CLIVAR Scientific Steering Group (SSG-19) was held in La Paz, Mexico, between 11th and 14th June 2012. Dr Jim Hurrell and Professor Martin Visbeck, SSG co-chairs, led the meeting of 30 participants, comprised of SSG members, chairs or representatives of CLIVAR panels and working groups, representatives of the other core WCRP projects, and other invitees.
Image SSG-19 Attendees
One of the main objectives for the meeting was to discuss the evolution of CLIVAR, in the context of a restructuring within WCRP. The emerging proposed structure, which highlights CLIVAR’s core capabilities and research foci, will be presented to the Joint Scientific Committee of WCRP at its meeting in Beijing, in July 2012. Further information on this proposed structure will be available on the meeting webpages (

The SSG was updated on the activities of CLIVAR’s panels and working groups, and the International CLIVAR Project Office (ICPO). Participants were also interested to hear from potential hosts of the ICPO beyond 2014. The ICPO is currently hosted by the UK.

Another major component of SSG-19 was a joint session with IMBER (Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research) on day three. Participants were presented with an overview of the IMBER and CLIVAR programmes, as well as scientific background on three key themes, from both perspectives, to inform the ensuing discussions. These activities culminated in an action to form a task team, with a mandate to formulate a strategic approach to future joint working between the two programmes.

The SSG extend their thanks to the local organizer, Carmen Coutoc of CIBNOR (Centro De Investigaciones Biológicas Del Noroeste), and to Luis Farfán of CICESE (El Centro de Investigación Cientifica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada, Baja California), for all their efforts in ensuring that the meeting was an extremely successful and sociable event.

‣      CLIVAR VAMOS Workshop on Modeling and Predicting Climate in the Americas Held in Petropolis, Brazil
The CLIVAR/VAMOS (Variability of the Amercian Monsoon System) panel organized a workshop on June 4-6 at the Laboratorio Nacional de Computação Cientifica (LNCC) in Petropolis, Brazil. The focus of the workshop was to review the state of modeling research in the VAMOS domain related to: (i) sub-seasonal to multi-decadal climate prediction; and (ii) understanding of dynamical and physical processes underpinning potential sources of predictability, variability and climate change. Forty participants from eight countries attended the meeting, half of them early-career scientists.

The workshop was organized following the VAMOS modeling plan, into four core themes or sessions:
  • Simulating, Understanding and Predicting the Diurnal Cycle
  • Predicting the Pan-American Monsoon Onset, Mature and Demise Stages
  • Modeling and Predicting Sea Surface Temperature Variability in the Pan-American Seas
  • Improving the Prediction of Droughts and Floods
While these core themes were focused on the VAMOS region, special emphasis has been placed on assessing how these aspects of the Pan-American monsoon are represented in global models. The workshop also emphasized understanding and predicting extreme events in the VAMOS region, and how the VAMOS research contributes to climate change assessments.

The participants discussed and agreed upon a set of new questions to consider for the future of VAMOS modeling. A summary paper of the discussions and early results is expected to be ready in the next few months.

‣      CLIVAR GSOP ‘Ocean Synthesis and Air-Sea Flux Evaluation Workshop’

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, USA, 27-30 November 2012. GSOP is CLIVAR's Global Synthesis and Observations Panel.

This workshop aims to convene researchers working on ocean synthesis and air-sea fluxes to (1) review the current state of surface fluxes of heat, freshwater and momentum obtained from ocean syntheses, atmospheric reanalyses, other observation based products, and coupled models; (2) discuss the gaps and current limitations in these products with particular reference to balancing ocean heat and freshwater budgets; and (3) develop recommendations and requirements for future global/regional synthesis activities. In particular, the workshop invites contributions that will strengthen synthesis evaluation activities and develop flux-oriented comparisons based on essential ocean variable metrics. These areas of activity are relevant to the interests of the WCRP Observation and Assimilation Panel (WOAP), WCRP Working Group on Surface Fluxes (WGSF) and new WCRP Data Council.

At the current time the workshop is seeking participation through invitation only because of limited space. However we will retain a reserve list for other participants until the level of interest can be ascertained.

WCRP News and Announcements

‣      Future Earth Launched at Rio+20

An alliance of international partners from global science, research funding and UN bodies, launched a bold new 10-year initiative on global environmental change research for sustainability at the Forum on Science and Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development. Future Earth – research for global sustainability, will provide a cutting-edge platform to coordinate scientific research which is designed and produced in partnership with governments, business and, more broadly, society.

For more information on Future Earth, see:

Other Announcements and Events
‣     APEC Climate Symposium 2012

St. Petersburg, Russia, October 8-11.

The theme of this year's symposium is Harnessing and Using Climate Information for Decision Making in Agriculture, Water Resources, and Energy Efficiency, with a focus on agriculture. For more information about the symposium, interested participants can visit the website at

‣      SCAR Open Science Conference Overview Programme Now Available

Downloadable via the following link:   

‣      Tropical Cyclone Research and Review Launch

The inaugural issue of the quarterly scientific journal "Tropical Cyclone Research and Review" (TCRR) was launched during the 44th Session of the UNESCAP/WMO Typhoon Committee held in Hangzhou, China, in February 2012.

The journal is published by the UNESCAP/WMO Typhoon Committee and the Shanghai Typhoon Institute of CMA to meet the need for an effective method to exchange the latest information in the science of tropical cyclone forecasting and warning systems.

For further information, please visit the website

‣      PAGES Open Science & Young Scientists Meetings 2012

Abstract submission is now open for the 4th PAGES Open Science Meeting  (13-16 Feb 2013, Goa, India): Deadline for abstract submission is 8 September 2012.

Abstract submission and application is now open for the 2nd PAGES Young Scientists Meeting (11-12 Feb 2013, Goa, India): Deadline for abstract submission and application is 7 July 2012.

Upcoming CLIVAR Events

4 - 7 September 2012
CLIVAR/WCRP Workshop on Decadal and Multi-decadal Variability in Pacific and Indian Ocean
Qingdao, China

10 - 11 September 2012
12th Meeting of the CLIVAR Atlantic Implementation Panel
Kiel, Germany

10 - 12 September 2012
International Workshop on Interdecadal Variability of the Global Monsoons
Nanjing, China

13 - 14 September 2012
12th Meeting of the Asian-Australian Monsoon Panel
Nanjing, China

15 - 20 October 2012
6th Meeting of the CLIVAR/IOC-GOOS Indian Ocean Panel
Cape Town, South Africa

27 - 30 November 2012
CLIVAR GSOP Ocean Synthesis and Air-Sea Flux Evluation Workshop
Woods Hole, US

30 Nov - 1 Dec 2012
6th Meeting of the Global Synthesis and Observations Panel
Woods Hole, US

18 - 20 February 2013
Workshop on Sea Level Rise, Ocean/Ice-Shelf Interaction, and Ice Sheets
Hobart, Australia

21 - 23 February 2013
11th Session of CLIVAR Working Group on Ocean Model Development
Hobart, Australia

21 - 22 February 2013
8th Session of the CLIVAR/CliC/SCAR Southern Ocean Panel
Hobart, Australia
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