Working Groups

Hurricane Working Group

The US CLIVAR Hurricane Working Group was formed in January of 2011 to coordinate efforts to produce a set of model experiments designed to improve understanding of the variability of tropical cyclone formation in climate models.

The scientific objectives of the Hurricane WG include:

  • an improved understanding of interannual variability and trends in the tropical cyclone activity from the beginning of the 20th century to the present
  • quantifying changes in the characteristics of tropical cyclones under a warming climate.

Workshop Report Re-released March 2014:  "US CLIVAR Hurricane Workshop Report"

Hurricane Working Group
Gabriel Vecchi, co-chair NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory
Suzana Camargo, co-chair Columbia University/Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Kevin Walsh, co-chair University of Melbourne, Australia
Lennart Bengtsson University of Reading, UK
James Elsner Florida State University
Kerry Emanuel Massachusetts Institute of Technology
In-Sik Kang Seoul National University, Korea
Jim Kossin NOAA National Climatic Data Center
Tim LaRow Florida State University
Kazuyoshi Oouchi Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology
Siegfried Schubert NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Adam Sobel Columbia University
Enrico Scoccimarro INGV-CMCC, Italy
Gabriele Villarini University of Iowa
Ming Zhao NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory
  Additional Contributing Members
Julio Bacmeister NCAR
Ping Chang Texas A&M University
Fabrice Chauvin CNRM, France
Monika Esch MPI, Germany
Christine Jablonowsky University of Michigan
Young-Kwon Lim NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Hiroyuki Murakami MRI, Japan
Tomoaki Ose MRI, Japan
Christina Patricola Texas A&M University
Kevin Reed University of Michigan
Malcolm Roberts Met Office, UK
R. Saravanan Texas A&M University
Pier Luigi Vidale University of Reading, UK
Michael Wehner Lawrence Berkeley National Lab


Terms of Reference

  • Define common experiments for model simulations by participating model groups
  • Supply common data sets and tropical cyclone metrics for those experiments
  • Coordinate the evaluation and reporting of common experiments and the storage of model output
  • Organize a series of workshops to present and discuss the results