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Please consider contributing to the session on “The Earth’s energy imbalance and exchanges at the atmosphere-ocean interface: From fundamental research to societal concern,” part of the Our Common Future under Climate Change conference being held in Paris, France from 7-10 July 2015. A summary is below. The deadline for submissions is 2 March 2015; please note that you will need to...

A sustainable global ocean observation system requires timely implementation of the framework for ocean observing. The Qingdao Global Ocean Summit held on 25-26, October, 2014 highlighted the need for a more coherent institutional response to maintain an integrated ocean-observing system. A commentary on this event written by some CLIVAR participants was published in recent issue of the Nature...

Understanding what the seas give us is central to their future management. New website highlights an innovative approach to a sustainable future for our seas.

As global environmental changes and human activities are impacting our oceans like never before it is increasingly important to ensure effective management of our seas.  Until recently ocean management has focused on the impact...

Each winter, sea ice expands to fill nearly the entire Arctic Ocean basin, reaching its maximum extent in March. Each summer, the ice pack shrinks, reaching its smallest extent in September. The ice that survives at least one summer melt season tends to be thicker and more likely to survive future summers. Since the 1980s, the amount of this perennial ice (sometimes called...

Society is vulnerable to extreme weather events and, by extension, to human impacts on future events. Today a new study by researchers from the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) was published in Nature Climate Change. Combining weather models and climate models potentially provides complementary, more realistic and more physically consistent pictures of what future...

Right now, two research vessels carrying some 40 marine scientists are battling stormy conditions in the Tasman Sea to learn more about gigantic subsurface waves—some 1,000 feet high—that are critical to both ocean health and accurate climate modeling.

These internal ocean waves form, move, and break just like...

Eight science priorities have been identified by the National Academy of Sciences “to identify areas of strategic investment with the highest potential payoff” for the next decade. Such priorities include sea level rise, processes that contribute to climate variability, and the role of biodiversity, to name a few. Ultimately these priorities have broad societal relevance and...

 An open letter from a group of climate scientists ask for an end to the rainbow colour scale in climate science. The scientists, including NCAS's Ed Hawkins petitions the climate science community in a "A plea to you all to help rid climate science of colour scales that can distort, mislead and confuse. Colour scales that are often illegible to those who are colour blind."

The...

At the 95th Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society, the Carl-Gustaf Rossby Research Medal in 2015 was awarded to Prof Bin Wang “for creative insights leading to important advances in the understanding of tropical and monsoonal processes and their predictability”.

Bin Wang is a Professor...

The World Climate Research Program (WCRP) is launching a Polar Challenge to reward the first team able to send an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) for a 2,000 kilometer mission under the sea-ice in the Arctic or Antarctic.

The aim is to stimulate the development of a sorely-needed monitoring tool for the Polar regions and ultimately to expand scientific research capabilities and...

A group of international experts convened in Pasadena, USA, to discuss the next steps in coordinating global and regional information on drought understanding, monitoring, forecasting and management. The International Global Drought Information System (GDIS) Workshop: Next Steps was held from 11-13 December 2014 to review the physical mechanisms and predictability of drought world-wide,...

Abstracts are welcomed to submitted to the special session on the 50th Anniversary of the Indian Ocean Expedition(IIOE-2) that will be convened during the  IAPSO symposium at the IUGG General Assembly in Prague during 26-30 June 2015 (http://www.iugg2015prague.com). The details are available at ...

Thirty two students from Angola, Namibia, Madagascar, Mauritius, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Republic Democratic of Congo, South Africa, Norway, Germany, China, France, Spain and Netherland attended the Nansen Tutu Summer School on Ocean, Climate and Marine Ecosystem, hosted by the hosted by the Nansen Tutu Center for Marine...

The year of 2014 has been very busy for CLIVAR. The ICPO relocated from Southampton (UK) to its distributed office in Qingdao (China) and Pune (India). In July the first ever pan-CLIVAR meeting took place in The Hague, Netherlands, and provided the opportunity for members of CLIVAR panels to discuss activities with the...

Members of the XBT (Expendable BathyThermograph) community met in November in Beijing, China, at the 4th XBT Workshop: XBT Science and the Way Forward. The meeting was an international collaboration, with 30+ attendees from regions including USA, Australia, Europe, China, India, Brazil and Japan. XBT data make up around 15% of the global historical upper-ocean temperature profile database and...

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