Atlantic Region Panel

About Us

Modes of Climate Variability in the Atlantic Sector. The figure on the right shows the path and strength of winter storms depending on the sign of the NAO; the location of tropical rainfal (determined by the ITCZ); and the transport of the ocean currents (MOC). Blue arrows:cold, deep currents; red arrows:warm surface currents (source: M. Visbeck, 2002; Science 297, 2223-2224).

Terms of Reference

The Terms of Reference of the Atlantic Region Panel are:

  1. Identify major emerging scientific issues related to research in Atlantic climate variability, climate change and climate predictability and foster research initiatives in Atlantic climate studies.
  2. Define the tools required to assess and understand climate variability, climate change and climate predictability of the ocean-atmosphere system within the Atlantic sector.
  3. Design a strategy to implement these methods, spanning observations, models, experiments and process studies.
  4. Provide scientific and technical input into the implementation in collaboration, if required and instrumental, with other CLIVAR panels and relevant programs
  5. Monitor and evaluate progress of the implementation
  6. Promote and enhance interactions among atmospheric sciences, oceanography, biogeochemistry and paleoclimate communities to further advance interdisciplinary Atlantic climate studies.
  7. Serve as a forum for the discussion and communication of scientific advances in the understanding of climate variability, predictability and change in the Atlantic region.
  8. Work with relevant agencies on the distribution and archiving of Atlantic Ocean observations.
  9. Respond to needs from stakeholders and facilitate the transfer of knowledge of science and applications with respect to Atlantic climate variability and predictability issues.
  10. Advise and report to the CLIVAR SSG on progress, achievements, new frontiers and impediments.


TACE GOAL is to advance the understanding of coupled ocean-atmosphere processes and improve climate prediction for the Tropical Atlantic region

Atlantic Resources

Under this topic you can find other panel related resources like link collections and external publications.

The Observing System in the Atlantic Sector

Climate projects in the Atlantic will greatly benefit from co-ordination among the various countries and investigators interested in working there. Key to the success of the efforts to co-ordinate plans will be a timely exchange of information.

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Atlantic Panel Members

Name Role Institute Country
Sabrina Speich Co-Chair 2019 Laboratoire of Météorologie Dynamique, IPSL France
Walter Robinson Co-Chair 2019 North Carolina State University USA
Regina Rodrigues Member 2021 Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina Brazil
Eric Chassignet Member 2019 Florida State University USA
Jeff Knight Member 2019 Met Office Hadley Centre UK
Ruža Ivanović Member 2019 University of Leeds UK
Noel Keenlyside Member 2020 University of Bergen Norway
Maria Paz Chidichimo Member 2020 Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET)/Servicio de Hidrografía Naval Argentina
Paquita Zuidema Member 2019 University of Miami/Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science USA
Brad de Young Member 2019 Memorial University of Newfoundland Canada
Susan Bates Member 2021 National Center for Atmospheric Research USA
Eleanor Frakja-Williams Member 2021 National Oceanography Center UK
Kemgang Ghomsi Franck Eitel Member 2021 The University of Yaoundé I Cameroon

The ICPO contact for the CLIVAR Atlantic Region Panel is Jing Li.