Pacific Region Panel

About Us

Panel Members

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.

Pacific Panel Members

Name Role Institute Country
Alexandre Ganachaud Co-Chair 2015 LEGOS France
Matthieu Lengaigne Co-Chair 2017 LOCEAN France
Awnesh Singh Member 2017 University of the South Pacific Fiji
Tatsuo Suzuki Member 2017 JAMSTEC Japan
Wolfgang Schneider Member 2017 Millennium Institute of Oceanography Chile
Kim Cobb Member 2016 Georgia Institute of Technology USA
Wenju Cai Member 2015 CSIRO Australia
Billy Kessler Member 2016 NOAA/PMEL USA
Xiaopei Lin Member 2016 Ocean University of China China
Dongliang Yuan Member 2016 IOCAS China
Agus Santoso Member 2017 University of New South Wales Australia
Ken Takahashi Member 2017 Instituto Geofisco del Peru Peru
Michael McPhaden Ex officio Chair / Tropical Moored Buoy Implementation Panel USA

The ICPO contact for the CLIVAR Pacific Region Panel is Lei Han.