Monsoons Terms of Reference

  1. During first year, define concrete activities to be fostered by the panel within the next 3-5 years.
  2. Evolve a strategy to assess the current levels of predictive skill of the coupled ocean-atmosphere-land system in the monsoon regions;
  3. Design and implement a means to investigate the interactions between climate mean state and different modes of monsoon variability, thereby furthering monsoon prediction capability;
  4. Design and implement a means to investigate scale interactions from sub-daily, through intraseasonal to interannual.
  5. Coordinate the formation and function of regional working groups and to advise WCRP on the development of mechanisms of support for meetings of the regional working groups
  6. Develop diagnostics for understanding of monsoon processes and assessment of model errors on a range of scales, and inform the need for new observations, both over land and ocean, to adequately gain this understanding and perform these assessments.
  7. Support a monitoring strategy designed by the Ocean Panels for the tropical and subtropical oceans necessary for investigating the structure and variability of the regional monsoons;
  8. Oversee development and implementation of plans for an optimised set of process studies in the Asian-Australian, American, and African monsoon regions;
  9. Coordinate and advise the Pan-WCRP numerical experimentation groups (WGSIP and WGCM, including its planning of CMIP6) on modelling priorities for advancing monsoon research;
  10. Promote interactions among atmospheric scientists, oceanographers and hydrologists and relevant others from interested nations in monsoon science activities;
  11. Work in cooperation with regional and multinational programs directed at improving our understanding of monsoon systems and at improving regional weather forecasts and seasonal climate predictions.
  12. Communicate existing products and their correct application and limitations to the impacts community and participate in relevant training activities.
  13. Report to the CLIVAR and GEWEX Scientific Steering Groups on an annual or more frequent basis, as appropriate.