Latest News

CLIVAR has made its new Science Plan available for a initial round of comments.

The Science Plan can be donwloaded from here.

The TPOS 2020 project aims to rejuvenate and revamp the Tropical Pacific Observing System (TPOS) to meet the observational, experimental, and operational needs of today and the future. Community feedback is now sought on the TPOS 2020 "First Report" (second and final reports will come in 2018 and 2020).

The latest CLIVAR Exchanges, a special issue on CLIVAR 20 years of progress, has just been published!

Science Highlights

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

A new ocean ‘reanalysis’ shows, although there are uncertainties over what might happen in the short term, the longer-term view is that a weakening of the circulation in the 21st century is still very likely as a result of increasing greenhouse gases.

ENSO's response to greenhouse warming has challenged scientists for decades, despite model agreement on projected mean state changes. Recent studies have provided new insights into the elusive links between ENSO and Pacific climate mean-state changes.

"Charting the course for climate and ocean research"
CLIVAR Open Science Conference on 16-23, September, 2016 in Qingdao, China
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Latest OSC News

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.

Rolling into the third day of the conference, participants’ attention was focused on understanding ocean and climate processes. Under this theme, the three sessions were mixing and stirring, ocean and climate dynamics, and upwelling and frontal zones.

CLIVAR OSC participants gathered at the second day of the conference under the theme of “Climate Variability and Predictability.” The main theme for the plenary talks, parallel sessions, and posters were split into the timeframes of intraseasonal to interannual, decadal, and centennial to millennial. 

Nestled between the mountains of Laoshan and the warm waters of the Yellow Sea, over 600 scientists from 50 countries gathered for the second CLIVAR Open Science Conference in Qingdao China, the first one occurring over a decade ago. 

New research into the complex interactions between the ocean and the global climate – as evidenced by the recent super El Ni?o - will be examined at the Open Science Conference of World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) Core Project on Climate and Ocean – CLIVAR, in Qingdao, China, from 18 – 25 September, 2016. 

Upcoming Events

Event City Country Dates
CLIVAR Open Science Conference Qingdao China
2016-09-18 to 2016-09-25
PREFACE-PIRATA-CLIVAR Tropical Atlantic Variability Conference Paris France
2016-11-28 to 2016-12-01
Conference on Regional Sea-level Changes and Coastal Impacts New York USA
2017-07-10 to 2017-07-15