Decadal Climate Variability and Predictability

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Decadal climate variability (DCV) – the variations in global and regional climate that distinguish one decade from another – is of relevance to our complex modern society. DCV can arise from internal interactions within the climate system, and in response to external forcing such as clusters of volc

Terms Of Reference


The CLIVAR Decadal Climate Variability and Predictability (DCVP) Working Group will assist the SSG in preparing the new CLIVAR Science Plan on the subject of DCVP, which articulates short and long-term motivation and objectives, including a prioritized list of executable national and international research activities towards promoting scientific understanding and applications on the subject of decadal variability and predictability. In particular the DCVP WG will monitor, coordinate and report to the CLIVAR SSG on the progress toward achieving the goals of the DCVP RF identified in the Pan-CLIVAR meeting of July 2014. This will include the following responsibilities and deliverables:

A) Written material on DCVP that includes motivation, list of science questions, research priorities and broader impact to become part of CLIVAR science plan (4-6 pages).

B) Monitor, advocate, and assist in development of activities in support of the CLIVAR DCVP RF across and between CLIVAR Panels and between CLIVAR and other WCRP Core Projects. In particular, the DCVP WG will liaise with the WGCM-WGSIP/DCPP on designing experiments under component C of that Project that will address the DCVP RF

C) Plan and organize workshops and conference sessions that encourage international communication and discussions on the DCVP science.

D) Maintain a summary of global and regional DCVP activities and national funding opportunities, and communicate these to the broader community via email and web pages.

E) Publish summary reports and review papers.

The DCVP WG will communicate by various means that will include e-mail, tele-conference, and workshops/conference opportunities.


Title Institute Role Year Country
Yochanan Kushnir LDEO Columbia University Co-Chair USA
Rym Msadek CERFACS Co-Chair France
Christophe Cassou CERFACS Member France
Gokhan Danabasoglu NCAR Member USA
Francisco Doblas-Reyes Institut Català de Ciències del Clima Member Spain
Ed Hawkins University of Reading Member UK
Patrick Heimbach University of Texas at Austin Member USA
Karina von Schuckmann Mercator-Ocean Member France
Masahide Kimoto University of Tokyo Member Japan
Scott Power Bureau of Meteorology Member Australia
Tianjun Zhou IAP-CAS Member China
Davide Zanchettin University of Venice Member Italy
Alicia Karspeck NCAR Member USA
Holger Pohlmann Max Planck Institute for Meteorology Member Germany
Matt Newman NOAA/ESRL Member USA

The ICPO contact for the Decadal Climate Variability and Predictability Research Focus is Dr. Jose Santos