Pacific Region Panel

About Us

13th CLIVAR Pacific Region Panel meeting in 2018 (San Pedro de Manglaralto, Ecuador)

Terms of Reference

1.To oversee and facilitate the implementation of CLIVAR in the Pacific sector in order to meet the objectives outlined in the Science and Implementation Plans in collaboration with other relevant panels, research foci groups and task teams. This includes :

–Understanding the dynamics and teleconnexions of ENSO on multiple timescales (in relation with ENSO in a warming world RF)

–Indo-Pacific Decadal Variability and its global connexion (in relation with Climate Dynamics Panel)

–Ocean mass and property transports and their relationships to the Pacific climate and other basins (in relation with other basin panels)

– Regional impacts of climate variability and changes (sea level, ecosystems, extreme events, etc) (in relation with regional sea level RF and upwelling RF)

- Supporting the development of a sustainable tropical observing system (in relation with the TPOS-2020 steering committee)

2. To coordinate the activities of the Pacific nations, facilitating cooperative efforts and coordinating work within the boundaries of the various nations as well as outside those boundaries. To provide a forum for exchange and discussion of national plans in the Pacific and to facilitate observational and modelling efforts and data sharing

3. To identify persistent model errors and interact with GSOP, OMDC, WCRP (AGCMs) to contribute to model improvement (e.g. cold tongue bias, SPCZ, etc.)

4. To liaise with the Ocean Observation Panel for Climate (OOPC), Global Ocean Observing Systems (GOOS) and Global Observation Panel for Climate (GCOS), with the Joint Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM), and other relevant groups to ensure that CLIVAR benefits from and contributes to observations in GOOS and GCOS

5. To liaise with IGBP or IHDP programs (FutureEarth) to assess regional ecosystems or societal impacts of global warming related physical changes in the Pacific  

6. To advise the CLIVAR SSG of progress and obstacles toward successful implementation of CLIVAR in the Pacific.

ENSO Forecasts

The CLIVAR Pacific panel has developed an ENSO expert prediction site.

Southwest Pacific Ocean Circulation and Climate Experiment (SPICE)

Climate in the South West Pacific region varies due to superimposed effects of El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and other signals including seasonal variations, global warming and natural decadal-scale variability

Resources & Publications

Indonesia Throughflow Task Team (ITF-TT)

The overarching goal of the Indonesia Throughflow Task Team (ITF-TT) is to identify scientific gaps of ITF knowledge and develop an integrated strategy towards an internationally sustained ITF observing system.


Event City Country Dates
Workshop on Atmospheric Convection and Air-Sea Interactions of the Tropical Oceans Boulder USA
2019-05-07 to 2019-05-09
IV International Conference on El Niño Southern Oscillation: ENSO in a warmer Climate Guayaquil Ecuador
2018-10-16 to 2018-10-18
IV International Conference on El Niño Southern Oscillation: ENSO in a warmer Climate Guayaquil Ecuador
2018-10-16 to 2018-10-18
13th Session of CLIVAR Pacific Panel Meeting San Pedro de Manglaralto Ecuador 2018-10-15
ENSO and Tropical Pacific Decadal Variability (EDV/TPDV) Workshop San Pedro de Manglaralto Ecuador
2018-10-13 to 2018-10-14

Pacific Panel Members

Name Role Institute Country
Matthieu Lengaigne Co-Chair 2019 LOCEAN France
Xiaopei Lin Co-Chair 2018 Ocean University of China China
Shayne McGregor Member 2019 Monash University Australia
Jerome Vialard Member 2020 LOCEAN France
Yu Kosaka Member 2020 The University of Tokyo Japan
René GARREAUD Member 2020 University of Chile Chile
Yukiko Imada Member 2020 Meteorological Research Institute, Japan Meteorological Agency Japan
Scott Power Member 2020 Bureau of Meteorology Australia
Kim Cobb Member 2018 Georgia Institute of Technology USA
Antonietta Capotondi Member 2018 University of Colorado USA
Janet Sprintall Member 2018 Scripps Institution of Oceanography USA
Jeong-Seon Kug Member 2018 Hanyang University Republic of Korea
Xuebin Zhang Member 2019 CSIRO Australia
Michael McPhaden Ex officio Chair / Tropical Moored Buoy Implementation Panel USA

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