The 2015 US CLIVAR Summit will held August 4-6 in Tucson, Arizona. The Summit will bring together the members of the Scientific Steering Committee and its three implementation Panels, agency managers, and invited speakers to review progress, identify opportunities, and develop strategies to advance US CLIVAR goals under the direction of the Science Plan. The meeting will have two special sessions, one on the warming haitus and the other on forecasting ENSO. (Please note this is an invite only meeting.)
Now available online is the seventh annual report for the US AMOC Science Team. This report features progress made in the past year on the main objectives of the program, identifies programmatic gaps, and makes recommendations on near and long-term research priorities and goals for the program. Over 50 research projects are featured in the report. Furthermore, the report lists action items for each Task Team to address, which are based upon the discussions at the 2014 Annual Science Team meeting in Seattle.
A new section has been launched on the website to feature US CLIVAR-related research, with an emphasis on recent and interesting findings. The purpose is to help share these findings with the broader scientific community. Scientists are encouraged to submit a highlight and guidelines have been developed to provide more information about the format and who can submit.
The 2015 winter edition of Variations examines ENSO observing system, predictability, and predictions. How has the prediction of ENSO and our understanding of variability improved? What does an observing system for ENSO look like for the future? The authors of this edition explore these questions and others.
Eight science priorities have been identified by the National Academy of Sciences “to identify areas of strategic investment with the highest potential payoff” for the next decade. Such priorities include sea level rise, processes that contribute to climate variability, and the role of biodiversity, to name a few. Ultimately these priorities have broad societal relevance and will help shape investments in ocean-related infrastructure.
US CLIVAR has developed a new brochure to accompany the Science Plan, which highlights key program achievements, opportunities and research challenges for the future, and societal impacts. This 8-page document is geared for a more generalist perspective and provides an overview of the program. Both the brochure and Science Plan can be downloaded here.
The UK RAPID and US AMOC programs will be hosting a joint international science meeting on July 21-24, 2015 in Bristol, UK called, Towards a holistic picture of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation via observation, modelling, and synthesis. The goal of the meeting is improve the understanding of AMOC and its impacts on weather, climate, and ecosystems, in the past, present, and future. Abstract submissions are due April 27.