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The Joint Scientific Committee (JSC) – the guiding body of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) – held its 40th annual session at the World Meteorological Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, from 6 th to 10 th May 10 2019.

The Sea Ice Prediction Network-SOUTH (SIPN-South) project has collected seasonal forecasts of Antarctic sea ice aligned with the Year Of Polar Predict

4 Chinese ocean scientists tragically passed away on 21st April 2019 during the Kingsbury Colombo Hotel explosion in Sri Lanka, while waiting to participate in the 'Joint Voyaging on East Indian Ocean’ which was initiated by SCSIO.

The ICRC-CORDEX 2019 International Conference on Regional Climate will be held on 14-18 October 2019 in Beijing, China.Registration and Abstract Submission is open now.

A workshop on 'Sea Level Hotspots from Florida to Maine: Drivers, Impacts and Adaptation' will be organised by US CLIVAR from 23 to 25 April 2019 at Norfolk, USA. 

Jose Santos Executive Director of the International CLIVAR Project Office, attended the workshop: “Building an International Transparent Ocean Community”, which was held in Qingdao from 15 to 17 April 2019, organized by the Qingdao National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology (QNLM)

The 17th Session of the CLIVAR Atlantic Region Panel (ARP17) took place in Vienna, Austria on April 13, 2019, following the 2019 EGU meeting. 

The CLIVAR Pacific Regional Panel held the 2nd Tropical Pacific Decadal Variability (TPDV) Workshop at Sorbonne University in Paris, France from 1 to 5 April 2019, with the strong support of LOCEAN/IPSL. 

This second-generation CLIVAR Science Plan builds on the important legacy of CLIVAR emerging since its inception in 1992 and redirects the CLIVAR goals and priorities for the coming decade after consultation with scientists and stakeholders throughout the climate community.

Understanding ENSO in a warmer climate
IV International Conference on ENSO. 16-18, October, 2018 in Guayaquil, Ecuador
Registration system is now open!
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International WCRP/IOC Conference 2017 on Regional Sea Level Changes and Coastal Impact
10-14 July, 2017 in New York City, US.
The conference was closed with a great success! Participants signed on a conference statement calling for the community to take urgent and significant mitigating actions to combat climate change.
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Science Highlights

 Members from the CLIVAR Ocean Model Development Panel (OMDP) and collaborators summarized the new developments in ocean modeling since a similar OMDP review from 2010.

The El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) affects the rest of the world’s tropics by perturbing global atmosphere circulation, inducing anomalous Sea surface temperatures over the tropical Indian Ocean and Atlantic Ocean.  The associated wind variations in the Indian Ocean and in the equatorial and north tropical Atlantic in turn contribute to ENSO dynamics. In addition, the tropical interbasin linkages vary on decadal time scales. 

The scientific challenge is extreme due to the rich complexity of interactions and feedbacks between regional and global processes, each of which affects the global climate trajectory. Technical development, international coordination, and a close interaction between the science and stakeholder communities are also required.