Atlantic Workshop March 23-25 at Univ. of Miami Brings Together Top Atmospheric Scientists
Scientists spread knowledge gained from Pacific to tackle climate variability issues in Atlantic Ocean
March 23, 2011
MIAMI — The University of Miami (UM) will serve as the host for the ‘Workshop on Couples Ocean-Atmosphere-Land Processes in the Atlantic’. The event which begins today is sponsored by the World Climate Research Programme CLIVAR and U.S. CLIVAR, brings together top scientists from England, Germany, France, South Africa, and the United States who work on cloud mixing, ocean mixing, sea surface temperatures and convection. The workshop will be held in the new UM Robert and Judi Prokop Newman Alumni Center (6200 San Amaro Drive, Coral Gables, Fla.)
Scientists will spend two days discussing how observations and high-resolution modeling are improving our understanding of the relevant processes that affect climate. Significantly, however, these model improvements have shown much less impact in the Atlantic than for the Pacific. This workshop intends to bring focus to issues in the tropical Atlantic, to develop a coherent synthesis of existing knowledge for the region, to engage a network of researchers, and to articulate a plan of action forward.
“We are hoping to build on the momentum of a successful field program in the eastern Pacific, to see how it can help us understand critical physical processes in the eastern Atlantic,” said Paquita Zuidema, UM professor of Meteorology and Physical Oceanography and workshop chair.
CLIVAR is the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) project that addresses Climate Variability and Predictability, with a particular focus on the role of ocean-atmosphere interactions in climate. It works closely with its companion WCRP projects on issues such as the role of the land surface, snow and ice and the role of stratospheric processes in climate. The challenges for CLIVAR are to develop our understanding of climate variability, to apply this to provide useful prediction of climate variability and change through the use of improved climate models, and to monitor and detect changes in our climate system.
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