19th Session of the CLIVAR Scientific Steering Group
19th Session of the CLIVAR Scientific Steering Group
The latest version of the agenda can be downloaded here.
The following reports have been compiled from the CLIVAR panel and working group reports (see Reports tab), to serve as input to specific items under section 4 of the agenda (Day One):
The 19th session of the CLIVAR Scientific Steering Group will be held at the Marina Hotel in La Paz, Mexico. Our local host is CIBNOR (Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas del Noroeste) (http://www.cibnor.gob.mx/en/home).
The meeting will take place 11-14 June; there will be a joint session with the IMBER SSC on Wednesday 13 June.
La Paz is the capital of the state of Baja California Sur; with a population of about 250,000 (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Paz,_Baja_California_Sur). La Paz is served by an international airport with flights to and from Los Angeles and major cities in Mexico; there are many more international flights in and out of Cabo San Lucas which is approximately two and half hours drive from La Paz.
The following site (in Spanish) provides guidance regarding citizens of which countries need visas, but you should confirm with your local consulate whether a visa is required for travel to Mexico: http://www.inm.gob.mx/index.php/page/Paises_Visa. If you require an invitation letter from the local hosts in order to obtain a visa, please send an email to Isabel Hall (email@example.com) no later than 1 May.
The Gen. Manuel de Leon Airport of La Paz is about 18km (11 miles) northwest of town. Information about taxi rates can be found at http://www.aeropuertosgap.com.mx/english/airports/lapaz-airport/services-lapaz/taxi-fares-lapaz.html. The estimated cost of a taxi from the airport to the Marina Hotel is $400 pesos. We will organize a hotel shuttle for those who have indicated their arrival time.
A block booking has been made at the Marina Hotel https://www.marinahotel.com.mx/en/index.html. Single rooms are $895 pesos with tax and breakfast buffet included. Because the hotel requires a deposit be made via bank transfer for the first night, WCRP/WMO (via UCAR) will cover the first night for all WCRP-supported participants to avoid many individual bank transfers. Payment for the balance of your stay (after the first day) should be made with a credit card when you arrive at the hotel. If for some reason you wish to make your booking direct with the Hotel, please let Ms Hall know.
Lunch Monday-Wednesday will be provided by the hotel and paid for by WCRP. If your per diem support is coming from WCRP, your per diem will be adjusted accordingly.
Internet facilities and electricity
The Marina Hotel has free wireless connection in the hotel rooms;
The standard voltage in Mexico is 110 volts; sockets take standard US 2-flat prong plugs.
Currency Exchange/Credit Cards
Local currency is the Mexican peso, on 26/03/12 equivalent to about
1 US Dollar = 12.6819 Mexican Peso
1 Euro = 16.9012 Mexican Peso
Major currencies can be exchanged at the airport or downtown banks. The most common credit cards (e.g. Visa, American Express, Master Card, Diners club, and JCB) are accepted at major hotels and stores.
Climate and Weather
Climatological features of La Paz in June:
- Mean monthly maximum temperature: 35.9 ºC
- Mean monthly minimum temperature: 18,5 ºC
- Average monthly rainfall: 0.6 mm
Health requirements/Medical Services
Up to date information on international travel and health is provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) at the following Website:
June – Daylight saving time: UTC/GMT – 6 hours
Local contact at CIBNOR
Ms Carmen Couto: firstname.lastname@example.org; tel +52 1 612-348-9876
Details about local logistics will also be posted on the CLIVAR web site (www.clivar.org).
Day One - CLIVAR Future and Reports from Other Programmes
CLIVAR status, evolution and meeting objectives (Hurrell and Visbeck)
GEWEX developments and possible joint activities (Trenberth)
US-CLIVAR update (Goddard, Patterson)
CliC/SPARC update (Ryabinin)
CLIVAR grand challenges – summary of input from panels (Visbeck, Hurrell, Beswick)
Day Two - Panel and Working Group Reports
Day Three - IMBER/CLIVAR Joint Session
Introduction to CLIVAR/IMBER joint session (Drinkwater)
Introduction to CLIVAR (Visbeck, Hurrell)
Introduction to IMBER (Hofmann)
Linking biogeochemistry and food webs to climate (Roman)
The role of biology in climate models (Rintoul)
Decadal climate prediction and the role of ocean biology (Hood)
Decadal climate prediction: where are we? (Danabasoglu)
Responses to future climate change: from biogeochemistry to humans (Gattuso)
Responses to future climate change: from biogeochemistry to humans (Bundy)
Status of climate change modeling at global to regional scales (Kumar)
CLIVAR Panel & Working Group Reports
- Asian-Austrlian Monsoon Panel (AAMP)
- Atlantic Implementation Panel
- CLIVAR/PAGES Working Group
- CCl/CLIVAR/JCOMM Expert Team on Climate Change Detection and Indices (ETCCDI)
- Global Synthesis and Observations Panel (GSOP)
- CLIVAR/IOC-GOOS Indian Ocean Panel (IOP)
- Pacific Panel
- CLIVAR/CliC/SCAR Southern Ocean Panel (SOP)
- Variability of the American Monsoon Systems (VAMOS)
- Variability of the African Climate System (VACS)
- WGCM/CLIVAR Working Group on Ocean Model Development (WGOMD)
- WCRP Working Group on Seasonal and Interannual Prediction (WGSIP)
Additional Meeting Request Forms
Report of the 18th Session of SSG