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A meeting report titled 'Climate and Ocean Science Builds for the Future' has just been published in EOS, and it highlights the outcomes of the  second “CLIVAR Open Science Conference: Charting the Course for Climate and Ocean Research' which has been held in Qingdao, China, 18–25 September 2016.

The CLIVAR Scientific Steering Group (SSG) has endorsed the “International Workshop on Tropical-subtropical Weather, Climate and Oceans”, which will be organised by Sun Yat - sen University of China, in Guangzhou, China in November 2017.

The IV International Conference on El Niño Southern Oscillation: ENSO in a Warmer Climate will be co-organised by CLIVAR and CIIFEN on 16-18 October 2018, in  Guayaquil, Ecuador. The conference aims to review the progress on the science of ENSO with a focus on examining the range of ENSO “flavors” (especially in regard to the longitudinal variations of warming), assess the existence of possible and distinct precursors to the different flavors, and examine how the different oceanic and atmospheric processes that drive the different ENSO flavors and impact their predictability would vary in a warming world.

Science Highlights

Sea surface temperatures that are too warm in the eastern tropical Atlantic and Pacific oceans have long stymied coupled climate model depictions of our planet.

While sea surface temperature warming was observed in most of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, and the Western Pacific Ocean, the Central Tropical and the Eastern Pacific Ocean exhibited a cooling trend.

Given the energy accumulation in the climate system under increased greenhouse forcing, why hasn't the Southern Ocean warmed?

"Charting the course for climate and ocean research"
CLIVAR Open Science Conference on 16-23, September, 2016 in Qingdao, China
The conference was closed with a great success!
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Summary of the CLIVAR Early Career Scientists Symposium that was hosted by the First Institute of Oceanography in Qingdao, China, on September 18 and 24-25, 2016. 135 early career scientists (ECS) from 34 countries participated.

Early career scientists and students attending the CLIVAR 2016 Open Science Conference and presenting posters were eligible to be considered for outstanding poster awards.  A team of over 50 senior and early career scientists reviewed the 234 qualifying posters and recommended the following award winners. 


Nestled between the mountains of Laoshan and the warm waters of the Yellow Sea, Qingdao, China, welcomed more than 600 scientists from 50 countries who gathered for the second CLIVAR Open Science Conference, the first one having taken place over a decade ago.

Closing out a week of great talks, discussions, and new or strengthened collaborations, the final day of the conference focused on climate information for sustainable development and the future of climate and ocean science.

The fourth day of the conference featured talks under the theme of an ocean in a warmer world. The day was dedicated to understanding the future of Earth’s climate system—its potential changes and impacts—under the topics of climate modes, sea level, and boundary current systems.

Upcoming Events

Event City Country Dates
COST/CLIVAR Workshop on ocean reanalyses and inter-comparisons Toulouse France
2017-06-29 to 2017-06-30
12th Session of the CLIVAR/CliC/SCAR Southern Ocean Region Panel Boulder USA
2017-06-29 to 2017-06-30
Conference on Regional Sea-level Changes and Coastal Impacts New York USA
2017-07-10 to 2017-07-14
ACSIS – OSNAP – RAPID Joint Science Meeting Wolfson College, Oxford UK
2017-09-19 to 2017-09-21
2017 CFMIP Meeting on Clouds, Precipitation, Circulation, and Climate Sensitivity Tokyo Japan
2017-09-25 to 2017-09-28
Pan-WCRP modelling meeting Exeter UK
2017-10-09 to 2017-10-13