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 Dec. 2019
Shih-Yu (Simon) Wang, Co-chair Utah State University Dec. 2018
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
Enrique Curchitser Rutgers University Dec. 2017
Xin-Zhong Liang University of Maryland Dec. 2017
John Nielsen-Gammon Texas A&M University Dec. 2019
Muyin Wang University of Washington Dec. 2018
Scott Weaver Environmental Defense Fund Dec. 2017
Andy Wood National Center for Atmospheric Research  Dec. 2020 


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.