Predictability, Predictions, and Applications Interface Panel

The Predictability, Predictions, and Applications Interface (PPAI) Panel's mission is to foster improved practices in the provision, validation and uses of climate information and forecasts through coordinated participation within the US and international climate science and applications communities. The Panel is comprised of up to 12 experts from the scientific community, each serving a 4-year term. New panelists are selected annually by the Scientific Steering Committee based on nominations submitted through an open call for new members each fall/winter.


Predictability, Predictions, and Applications Interface (PPAI) Panel
Member name Institution Term through
Emily Becker, Co-chair NOAA Climate Prediction Center/Innovim Dec. 2019
Andy Wood, Co-chair National Center for Atmospheric Research Dec. 2020
Mona Behl University of Georgia  Dec. 2020 
Robert Burgman Florida International University Dec. 2019
Christopher Castro University of Arizona Dec. 2018
Adam Clark NOAA National Severe Storm Lab Dec. 2019
John Nielsen-Gammon Texas A&M University Dec. 2019
Matthew Newman CIRES/NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory Dec. 2021
Hailan Wang NASA Goddard/SSAI Dec. 2021
Muyin Wang University of Washington Dec. 2018
Shih-Yu (Simon) Wang Utah State University Dec. 2018
Zhuo Wang University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Dec. 2021


Terms of Reference

  • Review, prioritize, and coordinate US research plans to understand predictability of the oceans and climate on sub-seasonal, seasonal-to-interannual, decade-to-century and longer time scales.
  • Advise US CLIVAR on research priorities, gaps, and milestones to advance ocean and climate predictions and projections through improved evaluation, and better quantification and communication of skill and uncertainty.
  • Advocate for new funding opportunities and national and international activities to advance in prediction and predictability research, understand user needs, and develop decision support capabilities.
  • Coordinate US CLIVAR efforts to communicate with operational and decision-making communities on improved understanding of ocean and climate phenomena and predictability and on implementation of this understanding in their activities.
  • Liaise with other US CLIVAR panels and Working Groups to ensure predictability, prediction, and applications are part of their efforts.