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

1. To recommend and oversee the implementation of observations in the Atlantic Ocean sector and of research on Atlantic climate variability and predictability, in order to meet the objectives outlined in CLIVARs Science and Initial Implementation Plans, particularly with respect to the Principal Research Areas D1 (NAO), D2 (TAV), D3 (THC), and anthropogenic climate change.

2. To collaborate with JSC/CLIVAR WGCM, WGOMD, and WGSIP in order to contribute to the design of appropriate numerical experiments and to jointly define and implement the requirements for data sets needed to validate and initialize models.

3. To liaise with relevant CLIVARs panels, in particular the Arctic Climate Panel, the Southern Ocean Panel, and the VAMOS and VACS panels to ensure that best use is made of resources from regional research programs.

4. To liaise with GSOP, OOPC, PIRATA, ARGO, and the IOC-CO2 panel to ensure that CLIVAR benefits from and contributes to GEOSS.

5. To liaise with relevant interdisciplinary SCOR-IGBP groups such as PAGES, GLOBEC, IMBER, and SOLAS and with regional Atlantic marine ecosystem research programs such as BCLME and GCLME to ensure that CLIVAR benefits from and provides input to these programs.

6. To respond to needs from stakeholders and facilitate the transfer of knowledge from science to operations and applications with respect to Atlantic climate variability and predictability issues.

7. To report to the CLIVAR SSG.


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. This web page aims to give the most comprehensive inve


Atlantic Panel Members

Name Role Institute Country
Peter Brandt Co-Chair 2015 GEOMAR Germany
Ping Chang Co-Chair 2016 Texas A&M University College Station USA
Tom Farrar Member 2015 Woods Hole Oceanography Institution USA
Mathieu Rouault Member 2015 University of Cape Town South Africa
Moacyr Araujo Member 2016 Universidade Federal de Pernambuco Brazil
Torsten Kanzow Member 2016 AWI Germany
Young-Oh Kwon Member 2016 Woods Hole Oceanography Institution USA
Gary Mitchum Member 2016 University of South Florida USA
Sabrina Speich Member 2016 Laboratoire de Physique des Océans, Brest & Laboratoire of Météorologie Dynamique, Paris France
Walter Robinson Member 2016 North Carolina State University USA
Eric Chassignet Member 2017 Florida State University USA
Jeff Knight Member 2017 Met Office Hadley Centre UK
Ruža Ivanović Member 2017 University of Leeds UK

The ICPO contact for the CLIVAR Atlantic Region Panel is Nico Caltabiano.