Wednesday, September 9
Thursday, September 10
Friday, September 11
Identifying opportunities and challenges of observing and modeling IAS variability and its teleconnections (September 9, 1:00-2:30 PM EST)
This session will be centered on the current issues of model bias and observational challenges in the region, while also highlighting the mesoscale features in the atmosphere and ocean that define the climate of the region and its variations.
Confirmed invited speaker: Ed Zipser (U. Utah)
Ocean-Land-Atmosphere interactions of the Continental Americas and the Caribbean (September 9, 3:30-5:00 PM EST)
This session examine the potential role of ocean-land-atmosphere interactions in modulating the teleconnection signals from the IAS and or enhance the predictability of the teleconnections.
Confirmed invited speaker: Paul Dirmeyer (COLA/George Mason University)
Weather and climate extremes in the Americas (September 10, 1:00-2:30 PM EST)
This session will review observational and modeling studies that investigate the variability of extremes (e.g., tropical cyclones, tornadoes, droughts, floods) in the IAS region.
Confirmed invited speaker: Gabe Vecchi (NOAA GFDL)
Initiatives to improve observational coverage of the ocean, land, and atmosphere (September 10, 3:30-5:00 PM EST)
This session will focus on emerging ideas, technologies, infrastructure, networks/institutions/initiatives to enhance the observational coverage of the ocean, land, and atmosphere.
Confirmed invited speaker: George Huffman (NASA)
Identifying sources of model biases for the IAS in both coupled and ocean or atmospheric models (September 11, 1:00-2:30 PM EST)
This session will highlight potential sources of model errors from prediction and simulation point of views.
Confirmed invited speaker: Eric Maloney (Colorado State U.)
Panel discussion: observations, modeling, predictability, and prediction of the region (September 11, 3:30-5:00 PM EST)
After making opening remarks, panelists will entertain Q & A on the challenges and opportunities to observe, model, and predict the climate variability over IAS and the surrounding land mass.
Panelists: George Huffman (NASA), Nick Shay (U. of Miami), Shang-Ping Xie (Scripps Institution of Oceanography)
Virtual Poster Session:
A virtual poster session will take place online two weeks leading up to the workshop and during the one-hour breaks each day. Three poster sessions will occur, with 8-11 presenters participating in each session. During the daily poster sessions (2:30-3:30 PM EDT), presenters will be online monitoring comments and providing answers to questions. We encourage all workshop participants to view those posters during that time and engage with the authors. Participants and others are also encouraged to veiw and post comments/questions during the two weeks leading up to the virtual meeting.