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Call for New 2023 US CLIVAR Panel Member

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The US Climate Variability and Predictability (CLIVAR) Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) seeks qualified individuals to serve on its three subsidiary Panels:

These Panels formulate science goals and implementation strategies, catalyze and coordinate activities, and collaborate with US and international partners to advance the progress of the climate research community. It is an exciting time to join the US CLIVAR Panels, as they work on planning activities to address the goals and research challenges articulated in the US CLIVAR Science Plan and to contribute to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development and the US Priority on Earth System Predictability. US CLIVAR aims to foster understanding and prediction of climate variability and change on intraseasonal-to-centennial timescales through observations and modeling with emphasis on the role of the ocean and its interaction with other elements of the Earth system, and to serve the climate community and society through the coordination and facilitation of research on outstanding climate questions. Key research challenges include decadal variability and predictability, climate and extreme events, polar climate changes, climate and marine carbon/biogeochemistry, and climate at the coasts.

Each Panel is seeking members to enhance current strengths while adding expertise in new areas. Qualified applicants are expected to represent the broader interests of the research community, be willing and able to engage in scientific as well as programmatic discussions to advance Panel activities, and work with other members of US and international climate science communities to foster collaboration.

The US CLIVAR POS Panel seeks new panelists with expertise to advance in situ and/or satellite ocean and atmosphere observations as well as modeling to synthesize observations to address one or more of the following areas from an interdisciplinary perspective: (a) the air-sea transition zone, including observing of the ocean mixed layer, the air-sea interface, and the marine atmospheric boundary layer; (b) the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation; (c) sea level and/or coastal climate science, linking open ocean, shelf, and coasts; (d) high latitude ocean-ice-atmosphere coupling; and/or (e) data assimilation, operational analyses, and reanalyses. Candidates with expertise spanning multiple components of the climate system (ocean, atmosphere, cryosphere, and biosphere) are encouraged to apply.

The US CLIVAR PSMI Panel seeks new panelists with expertise in field/process studies or model development in one or more of the following areas: (a) tropical processes across time scales and their teleconnections, such as tropical convection, air-sea interaction, and connection with tropical modes of variability; (b) polar sea ice and/or land ice processes and cryosphere interactions with climate; and/or (c) physical coastal processes including interactions with the open ocean across the shelf, the land and hydrological processes, and/or extreme events.

The US CLIVAR PPAI Panel seeks new panelists with expertise to improve scientific knowledge, skill, and decision-making relevance of predictions at subseasonal to multidecadal time scales, focusing on one or more of the following areas: (a) studies of climate prediction and predictability of societal relevance that is guided by the needs of vulnerable populations; (b) studies of practical and intrinsic predictability, prediction, and risk assessment of extreme and high-impact events, including those that focus on predictable modes of variability; (c) innovative prediction techniques including the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning; and/or (d) methods for improving the value of predictions for specific applications, such as urban planning, coastal and water resource management, food security, and health impacts. 

The SSC review of applications and selection of new members will take into account the match with expertise sought for each panel. The SSC will also consider diversity in the membership of panels, including balance of institutional affiliation, career stage, gender, and race/ethnicity.

New panelists will serve for a term of four years and must have a US affiliation. Panel members must attend annual meetings of their Panel. For the upcoming year, the Panel meetings are being held as part of the US CLIVAR Summit, which will assemble the SSC, the Panels, the Project Office, funding agency managers, and other US and international program representatives to review progress, explore science needs, and plan future activities. The Summit will be held over 2.5 days in late July to early August. Travel to attend the annual meeting is arranged and funded by the US CLIVAR Project Office. In the interval between annual meetings, Panel activities are carried out through email and teleconferences.

Applications are now closed.

To apply, please fill out the form at the following link,

The deadline for submission is Wednesday, March 8, 2023. Applicants will be notified of SSC selection decisions by early April.