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CLIVAR Bulletin July 2012

CLIVAR News and Announcements

‣      Proposed 'New' CLIVAR Presented to JSC-33
The 33rd Session of WCRP’s Joint Scientific Committee (JSC) took place in Beijing, China, 17-20 July. Among the attendees were Jim Hurrell and Martin Visbeck, co-chairs of the CLIVAR Scientific Steering Group (SSG), who showed the JSC what the 'new' CLIVAR could look like, based on discussions at the recent CLIVAR SSG meeting.

The proposed structure, based on a matrix of core capabilities on one axis and research themes on the other, was met with a positive response, and the participants of the meeting recognised the benefits that would be gained from this more integrative approach. It is now up to CLIVAR to finalise and flesh out these core capabilities and research themes, in consultation with the wider community. Further information on the proposed structure can be viewed on the SSG meeting webpages:

The meeting was also a forum for much discussion over WCRP's new grand challenges, which will be refined further through community consultations. CLIVAR will be responsible for taking the lead with some of these challenges, in collaboration with its fellow WCRP projects GEWEX, SPARC and CliC.

‣      CLIVAR on Social Media

CLIVAR is delving into the world of social media, with new sites on both Twitter and Facebook. We invite you to ‘follow’ us on Twitter (, or ‘like’ us on Facebook (

‣      Exchanges 59 Now Online

The joint edition of CLIVAR Exchanges and the CLIVAR VAMOS newsletter is now downloadable from the CLIVAR website: VAMOS is the CLIVAR panel on Variability of the American Monsoon Systems. 

WCRP News and Announcements

‣      Joint China-WCRP Symposium

The joint China-WCRP symposium, which preceded the 33rd Session of the WCRP Joint Scientific Committee, was organized with the aim to explore the synergistic activities between the Chinese science community and the WCRP's goals and objectives. Better prediction of the climate is of great importance to China because of the numerous impacts of the changing climate on society and thus on economy. More information can be found on the WCRP website:

Other News and Announcements

‣     US CLIVAR Launches New Website

The US CLIVAR Project Office is pleased to announce the release of the updated US CLIVAR website at This is the first phase of several that will update the website over the next several months. The project office welcome any comments or suggestions, submitted via the online contact form:

‣      SOOS Website Gone Live

The Southern Ocean Observing System’s (SOOS) new website was launched at the end of last month: CLIVAR’s panel on the Southern Ocean, jointly sponsored by CLIVAR, CliC, and SCAR, were instrumental in the development of SOOS.

‣      New International Polar Year Website

Available to browse online at:   

‣      Explaining Extreme Events of 2011 From a Climate Perspective

A collection of articles published in the July issue of BAMS examines some of the specific extreme weather or climate events of 2011:

‣     SOOS Under Ice Workshop

CSIRO, Hobart, Australia, 22-25 October 2012 (

The goal of the workshop is to develop a strategy for sustained observations of the Antarctic sea-ice zone. The strategy will include observations needed for the study of interactions between the ocean and both sea ice and glacial ice, including the sub-ice-shelf cavity and deep troughs through which warm ocean waters access the shelf region. While the focus is on the Antarctic, experts from the Arctic community will be invited so participants can benefit from experience gained there, where efforts to measure the ocean beneath the sea ice are more advanced.

‣     Fourth Argo Science Conference

The 4th Argo Science Workshop will take place during the Radar Altimetry Symposium, in Venice 24-29 September 2012. Registration deadline 15th August 2012. Further information can be found on the event website:

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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