In June 2013, the US CLIVAR Greenland Ice Sheet-Ocean Interactions Working Group convened an international workshop in Beverly, Massachusetts, bringing together 90 scientists from oceanography, glaciology, atmospheric, paleo, and climate sciences to promote a deeper understanding of the physical processes involved in ice/ocean/atmosphere interactions in Greenland to enable improved modeling for more reliable projections of Greenland Ice Sheet mass changes and contributions to sea level. The Report from the International Workshop on Understanding the Response of Greenland’s Marine-Terminating Glaciers to Oceanic and Atmospheric Forcing, now available online, summarizes presentations and discussions from eleven topical sessions and outlines an emerging research strategy for improving observations, process understanding, and modeling to make progress over the next decade on the question of how the ocean impacts Greenland’s glaciers.
The US CLIVAR Scientific Steering Committee seeks qualified individuals to serve on its three subsidiary panels beginning in 2014. These Panels formulate science goals and implementation strategies, catalyze and coordinate activities, and work with agencies and international partners to advance the progress of the climate research community. It is a particularly exciting time to join the Panels, as they embark on planning activities to address the goals and research challenges articulated in the recently published US CLIVAR Science Plan.
Consider nominating yourself or a colleague to serve. See the Call for New Panelists on our website for information on the expertise sought and the link to the online nomination form. Deadline for nominating is March 21. Decisions will be made in April.
Check out our latest edition of Variations with invited articles on the Large-Scale Meteorological Patterns (LSMPs) associated with extremes in temperature and precipitation in North America. Diagnosing the relationship between LSMPs and extremes provides a means for evaluating climate model simulations of the variability of extremes under a changing climate.
CLIVAR held a Town Hall at the Ocean Sciences Meeting on Tuesday, February 25th, with presentations by Detlef Stammer and Lisa Goddard on future goals and research challenges of International and US CLIVAR. Download a copy of the presentation. Oral and poster sessions on CLIVAR: Ocean and Atmosphere Variability, Predictability and Change are scheduled for Wednesday, February 26th.
The new US CLIVAR Science Plan is now available outlining the research goals and strategies for the next 15 years of the program. Specifically, the Plan is intended to: 1) update the goals and priorities of US CLIVAR based on achievements to date; 2) articulate the expansion of core research to target specific research challenges; 3) emphasize strengthened ties to the broader Earth Sciences community and relevance to societal impacts; 4) bolster research funding commitments by US agencies to achieve their mission objectives; and 5) articulate the envisioned collaborations with other US and international research programs.
The US CLIVAR Hurricane Working Group was formed 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 WG hosted a workshop this summer at GFDL that included presentations by US and international scientists. The Hurricane Workshop Report, summarizing 30 presentations over the 2.5 day event, is now available online