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2015 IASCLiP Virtual Workshop Agenda

Workshop Outline

Session I:

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)

Session II:

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)

Session III:

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)

Session IV:

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)

Session V:

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.)

Session VI:

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.

US CLIVAR Travel Award for Early Career Scientist or Student

US CLIVAR will sponsor one travel award in the amount of $500 to the most outstanding early career scientist or student* oral/poster presentation for the "Observing & Modeling Climate Variability in the Intra-Americas Seas & Impacts on the Continental Americas & the Caribbean" virtual workshop. The travel award can be used to support participation in a conference of your choice within the next 12 months. To be considered for the travel award, you must meet all submission deadlines, demonstrate keen interest in the topic of the virtual workshop, and actively participate in the virtual meeting (i.e., contribute to discussions and presentations, both oral and poster). The winner will be selected by the Scientific Organizing Committee. Some restrictions may apply to the travel award issued through UCAR/JOSS, such as it cannot be awarded to a federal employee. 
*Early career scientist or student is defined as a scientist within 5 years of a PhD or someone currently enrolled in an accredited university as a student.


Wednesday, September 9 
1:00-5:00PM ET

Thursday, September 10 
1:00-5:00PM ET

Friday, September 11 
1:00-5:00PM ET