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CLIVAR Bulletin May 2012

CLIVAR News and Announcements

Secondment Opportunity: Director of the International CLIVAR Project Office (ICPO)

SAMOC Receives CLIVAR Endorsement

WCRP News and Announcements

WCRP Global Drought Information System Workshop
WCRP Welcomes New Director of CliC International Project Office

Other Announcements and Events

Two US CLIVAR Publications
THOR / North Atlantic Final Conference 2012: Deadline Extended
International Ocean Carbon Coordination Project (IOCCP) Office Move
Comments Requested on PROVIA Guidance on Assessing Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation
2012 SCOR General Meeting Request for Review of Working Group Proposals
CNRS Advanced Summer School (Ecole Thématique du CNRS) "Feedbacks in environmental systems"
Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development
NTU International Science Conference on Climate Change: Multidecadal and Beyond
Chapman Conference on The Agulhas System and its Role in Changing Ocean Circulation, Climate, and Marine Ecosystems


For the latest vacancies related to CLIVAR science, please visit http://www.clivar.org/about/jobs.

CLIVAR News and Announcements


‣      Secondment Opportunity: Director of the International CLIVAR Project Office (ICPO)

Closing date 14 June 2012. See http://noc.ac.uk/jobs/120509-director-international-clivar-project-office-icpo-secondment-opportunity for further information.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a secondment with the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and the UK’s National Oceanography Centre (NOC) for the position of Director of the International CLIVAR Project Office (ICPO), located at NOC’s Southampton headquarters. The secondment period will be until 31 March 2014.

You will take a leading role in the implementation and coordination of CLIVAR activities under the general guidance of the CLIVAR Scientific Steering Group. Having lead responsibility for CLIVAR, you will direct the implementation of the plans and activities of each of the project elements of CLIVAR in support of the overall mission and strategy of WCRP.

You will maintain active links between CLIVAR and the wider science community that requires inspiring and organizing scientific meetings, workshops and conferences to ensure the timely flow of information on CLIVAR. You will have direct management of the Project Office staff, budgets, and operations. You will also undertake work in maintaining and developing its funding base.

The role would be an excellent opportunity for those wanting to increase their knowledge of the working in climate-science and develop a career in senior management.

You will have a PhD or equivalent experience in a relevant field. A proven ability in science management including obtaining external funding is essential. You should have demonstrated the ability to organize, manage and coordinate interdisciplinary and international science activities and initiate and sustain international cooperation.

This post will be funded by the Natural Environment Research Council and graded to a NERC Band 3 with a salary range of £47,630 to £60,420 per annum. An agreement would be entered with the successful applicant’s current employer concerning specific terms for the secondment.

Alternative locations may be considered for the Director but there would need to be frequent travel to Southampton to be part of the team. The role will include periods of travel both within the UK and internationally.

Further details concerning the role can be found in the attached further particulars, for an informal discussion, please contact Sarah Buckley on 00 44 (0) 2380 59 6134.

‣      SAMOC Receives CLIVAR Endorsement

A request for formal CLIVAR endorsement of the South Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (SAMOC) research project was approved earlier this month. The proposal was reviewed by CLIVAR’s Atlantic, Indian and Southern Ocean Panels, in addition to the Global Synthesis and Observations Panel (GSOP), before a final decision was made by the CLIVAR Scientific Steering Group.

The main objectives of SAMOC are to measure the strength and variability of the MOC as well as the meridional heat and fresh-water transport in the South Atlantic, all of which are crucial to improving our understanding of climate system variability. For more information see: http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/phod/SAMOC_international/

WCRP News and Announcements


‣      WCRP Global Drought Information System Workshop

From 11 to 13 April 2012, the WCRP workshop on developing a Global Drought Information System (GDIS) took place on the premises of ESA-ESRIN in Frascati, Italy. This workshop focused on the steps necessary to develop a GDIS that builds upon the extensive worldwide investments that have already been made in developing drought monitoring, drought risk management, and short term climate prediction capabilities. The Global scientific and end-user communities found a place to meet and listen to each other´s stories. The workshop presentations can be found on the workshop webpages (http://www.clivar.org/organization/extremes/activities/GDIS-workshop).

‣      WCRP Welcome’s New Director of CliC International Project Office

The World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) welcomes Dr Jenny Baeseman as the new director of the Cryosphere and Climate Project (CliC) that is hosted by the Norwegian Polar Institute in Tromso, Norway. Dr Baeseman assumed the post of CliC director in April 2012.
For further details see http://www.wcrp-climate.org/documents/ezine/WCRPnews_20042012.pdf

Other Announcements and Events
‣      Two US CLIVAR Publications

Two publications have recently been published by US CLIVAR: 1) Assessing Meridional Overturning Circulation Variability; and 2) Understanding the Dynamic Response of Greenland's Marine Terminating Glaciers to Oceanic and Atmospheric Forcing. Available online: http://www.clivar.org/resources/news/two-new-us-clivar-publications

‣      THOR / North Atlantic Final Conference 2012: Deadline Extended

The new deadline for submission of papers and posters is now 31 May 2012. Please register using the online form: http://www.eu-thor.eu/Final-conference.2060.0.html    

‣      International Ocean Carbon Coordination Project (IOCCP) Office Move

The IOCCP office has moved: initially it will be hosted by the Institute of Oceanology of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IO PAS), Poland, and the Joint Office for Science Support of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR/JOSS), US. From 1 October 2012, IO PAS will become the permanent home of the Project Office. The only immediate change comes in the form of the new email addresses: Kathy Tedesco – k.tedesco@ioccp.org; and Maciej Telszewski – m.telszewski@ioccp.org.

‣      Comments Requested on PROVIA Guidance on Assessing Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation

Review period closes 30 June 2012. The draft document, and instructions on the review process, can be found on the PROVIA web site: (http://www.provia-climatechange.org/ABOUT/PriorityActivities/Activity4/tabid/55274/Default.aspx)

‣      2012 SCOR General Meeting Request for Review of Working Group Proposals

Seven working group proposals that have been submitted to the SCOR Secretariat for consideration at the 2012 SCOR General Meeting are available on the SCOR Web site at http://www.scor-int.org/2012GM/2012GM.htm. The Executive Committee invites comments from SCOR National Committees, individuals, and interested organizations to assist in the review of these proposals. Please send your comments on these proposals to secretariat@scor-int.org before 1 September.

‣      CNRS Advanced Summer School (Ecole Thématique du CNRS) "Feedbacks in environmental systems"

La Rochelle, France, 11-17 June 2012. Registration deadline 23 May 2012. See http://www.environnement.ens.fr/enseignement/ecole-thematique-cnrs-summer/session-2012/ for further details.

The objective of the Summer School is to stimulate an interdisciplinary research community working on the theme of interacting complex environmental systems, building on the expertise of invited specialists that teach the lectures and interact with working groups. The Summer School will focus on the interactions between climate, ecosystems and oceans.

‣      Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 11-15 June 2012. See: www.icsu.org/rio20/science-and-technology-forum.

The Forum will bring together leading international scientists and policy-makers to explore the key role of interdisciplinary science and innovation in the transition to sustainable development, a green economy and poverty eradication. The aim is to help establish the research, technology and policy agendas that will be needed after Rio+20.

‣      NTU International Science Conference on Climate Change: Multidecadal and Beyond

National Taiwan University (NTU) in Taipei, Taiwan, 17-21 September 2012. For inquiries, please contact cpchang@nps.edu. Short abstracts (by 31 May 2012) and extended abstracts (by 15 August 2012) should be sent to: tassist3@math.ntu.edu.tw.

The conference will feature invited lectures to review the current knowledge on multidecadal to longer-scale climate variations. The main theme of the conference is focused on the observation and understanding of climate change, and the scope of the reviews will include theoretical studies, observational studies, and model simulations that address fundamental issues.  

‣      Chapman Conference on The Agulhas System and its Role in Changing Ocean Circulation, Climate, and Marine Ecosystems

Western Cape, South Africa, 8-12 October 2012. Abstract deadline 1 June 2012 (http://www.agu.org/meetings/chapman/2012/ecall/index.php)

The purpose of this Chapman conference is to identify the most pressing questions and to design modeling experiments in combination with paleoceanographic and (sustained) modern observations to establish the role of the Agulhas system from regional to global scales.

Upcoming CLIVAR Events


4-8 June 2012
CLIVAR VAMOS Workshop on Modeling and Predicting Climate in the Americas
Petropolis, Brazil

6-7 June 2012
15th Session of the CLIVAR VAMOS Panel
Petropolis, Brazil

11-14 June 2012
19th Meeting of the CLIVAR Scientific Steering Group
La Paz, Mexico

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