US Climate Variability and Predictability Program

US Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) Science Team

National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
US CLIVAR Project Office
The U.S. AMOC Science Team is an U.S. inter-agency program focused on the following scientific objectives: i) implementation and evaluation of AMOC observing system; ii) assessment of AMOC state, variability, and change; iii) assessment of AMOC variability mechanisms and predictability; and iv) assessment of the role of AMOC in global climate and ecosystems. The Science Team is comprised of all the PIs and Co-PIs performing AMOC-related research. The program is organized around four Task Teams, each identified with one of the science goals. An executive committee, consisting of a science team chair and Task Team chairs and vice-chairs, leads the program efforts in consultation with the agency managers supporting the U.S. AMOC program. After a brief review of the program, the presentation will summarize the outcomes from the 2013 International Science Meeting; findings of the recently-conducted external review of the program; and updated near-term research priorities. We will conclude with a few research highlights and the goals for the upcoming AMOC Annual Meeting.