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This months publication is a 'Joint Edition of the Newsletter of the Climate and Oceans: Variability, Predictability and Change Project (CLIVAR) Exchanges and the CLIVAR Variability of the American Monsoon Systems Panel (VAMOS)'

NOAA has released the 2013 World Ocean Database ( , the largest, most comprehensive collection of scientific information about the oceans, with records dating as far back as 1772. The 2013 database updates the 2009 version and contains nearly 13 million temperature profiles, compared with 9.1 in the 2009 database, and just fewer than six million salinity measurements, compared with 3.5 in the previous database. It integrates ocean profile data from approximately 90 countries around the world, collected from buoys, ships, gliders, and other instruments used to measure the 'pulse' of the ocean.

The Challenger Society is hosting a workshop run through its Special Interest Group for Coastal Ocean Processes. The workshop will be held in Liverpool on the 25-26th March 2014.

The idea behind the SIG was to provide a focal point for the UK community to firstly meet but also discuss and plan future multidisciplinary research into coastal ocean and shelf sea processes.

International CLIVAR and US CLIVAR were both at AGU and held a joint town hall (led by US CLIVAR) focussing on the recently published US CLIVAR science plan and the future direction for the regional office. International CLIVAR used to town hall meeting to introduce the future direction of International CLIVAR science plans and the new organisational structure currently being developed and implemented.

A copy of the presentation can be found here.

The new US CLIVAR Science Plan has been published online at and attached below.  The Plan is intended to:

  • update the goals and priorities of US CLIVAR based on achievements to date;
  • articulate the expansion of core research to target specific research challenges;
  • emphasize strengthened ties to the broader Earth Sciences community and relevance to societal impacts;
  • bolster research funding commitments by US agencies to achieve their mission objectives; and
  • articulate the envisioned collaborations with other US and international research programs.

The book, Climate Science for Serving Society: Research, Modelling and Prediction, edited by Ghassem R. Asrar and James W. Hurrell, published by Springer is a collection of white papers that were produced ahead of the WCRP Open Science Conference, held in 2011. It formed the backbone of the conference programme and shaped the WCRP direction and priorities for the next 5 - 10 years. If you are interested in obtaining a copy for free please contact Roberta at the WCRP JPS.

The EC is looking for Evaluators for the upcoming Horizon 2020 proposals.

Join the database of independent experts for European research and innovation. The European Commission appoints independent experts to assist with research and innovation assignments including the evaluation of proposals, monitoring of projects, and evaluation of programmes, and design of policy.

The Website for the Climate Symposium 2014 has gone live. This is an important milestone as it opens the registration and the call for papers.

Meeting dates: 13 - 17th October 2014
Deadline for abstract submissions: 15th April 2014

CLIVAR has published a brochure providing an overview of the new CLIVAR organisation, including the Research Foci and the new structure that will be adopted as CLIVAR moves into its new phase of operation. To access the brochure click here.

Alternatively pick up a copy at Fall AGU, San Francisco 2013, or Ocean Sciences, Hawaii 2014.

Do you use Earth Observation data for teaching?  Or do you use EO data as part of your work and have an idea for a training package?

The European Space Agency is funding a competition with prizes of €5000, €3000 and €2000 as part of the LearnEO! Project.

The closing date for registration is  5 January 2014 and for competition entries is 31 January 2014.