Spring Updates: US CLIVAR

Apr 23, 2024

US Climate Variability and Predictability Program (CLIVAR) is a national research program with a mission 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. It is hosted by UCAR | CPAESS and funded by numerous sponsors. 

Recent events managed by CPAESS for US CLIVAR.

  • US CLIVAR, a CPAESS program, held the workshop on Confronting Earth System Model Trends with Observations: The good, the bad, and the ugly from March 12-15 in both Boulder and online. This workshop welcomed 122 in-person participants and 74 virtual participants. Of the participants, around 62% of attendees were students or early career researchers. Despite a snowstorm that resulted in the closure of the NCAR Mesa Lab, the workshop carried on at a nearby location. Talks, posters, discussions, and small-group breakout sessions addressed how we compare historical trends in Earth system models with observations to identify and understand where models are performing well and poorly to focus the community on where more work is needed to ensure credible projections moving forward.

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Participants of “Confronting Earth System Model Trends with Observations: The good, the bad, and the ugly” Workshop in Boulder.

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Participants of the “Blocking and Extreme Weather in a Changing Climate” Workshop enjoying a sunset hike at Chautauqua Park in Boulder, Colorado.

  • US CLIVAR, a CPAESS program, held the workshop Blocking and Extreme Weather in a Changing Climate from March 18 to 20, 2024 in Boulder and virtually. The aim of this meeting was to advance our process-level understanding and diagnosis of the connections between atmospheric blocking and extreme weather in a changing climate, and the connections and feedback of climate variability to blocking and extreme weather. Ninety-four students and early career scientists from 14 countries attended. The workshop assembled diverse scientists across various research communities to synthesize current understanding of blocking and identify knowledge gaps. Participants enjoyed a sunset hike at Chautauqua Park.


Call for Workshop Submissions

We are pleased to announce the call for US CLIVAR-sponsored workshops. The due date for requests is May 13, 2024. Submissions should be sent to uscpo@usclivar.org. US CLIVAR welcomes submissions for open community workshops, conferences, and science meetings to take place in spring 2025. The planned event should coordinate, develop, plan, and implement new or focused activities for the benefit of the scientific community and be relevant to the goals of US CLIVAR. Submissions are encouraged from the US ocean and climate science community and collaborators.

If you would like to learn more about US CLIVAR please find many opportunities to engage with them on their website, announcements, news and publications, and numerous upcoming workshops that they will be hosting. Please sign up for their newsletter to get regular communication from this team concerning ongoing opportunities with them. 


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