Variability of the American Monsoon Systems (VAMOS)

About Us

This Panel was in CLIVAR until 2014.

Terms of Reference

1. To be responsible to the CLIVAR SSG for the formation of a detailed scientific plan and conceptual design of an international project to investigate the variability and predictability of the American monsoon system (VAMOS) in the context of global climate variability and predictability.

2. To develop an implementation plan for a VAMOS project for consideration by the CLIVAR SSG.

3. To coordinate and promote interactions amongst meteorologists, oceanographers and hydrologists from interested nations to work on VAMOS problems.

4. To oversee the implementation of a VAMOS project.

5. To advise the CLIVAR numerical experimentation groups on modelling investigations which need to be carried out to meet VAMOS objectives.

6. To work closely and coordinate with other national, regional and international projects and organizations interested in this area of research, eg. the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI), the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), PACS, GEWEX and START.

VAMOS Panel Members

Name Role Institute Country
E.H. Berbery Co-Chair 2012 University of Maryland USA
D. Gochis Co-Chair 2014 NCAR RAO USA
Raymond Arritt Member 2014 Iowa State University USA
Walter E. Baethgen Member 2014 IRI USA
Marcelo Barreiro Member 2014 Universidad de la Republica Uruguay
Iracema Cavalcanti Member 2014 CPTEC, INPE Brazil
Art Douglas Member 2014 Creighton University USA
Benjamin Kirtman Member 2012 Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmos. Sciences, Uni. of Miami and COLA USA
Maisa Rojas Member 2014 University of Chile Chile
Paola Salio Member 2014 CIMA, Universidad de Buenos Aires Argentina
Michael Taylor Member 2014 University of the West Indies Jamaica
Robert Wood Member 2014 University of Washington USA
Paquita Zuidema Member 2013 Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmos. Sciences, Uni. of Miami USA

The ICPO contact for the CLIVAR VAMOS Panel is Rokkam Rao.