Workshop on Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere-Land Processes in the Tropical Atlantic

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 to Friday, March 25, 2011
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Miami, FL, USA


Wednesday, 23 March, 2011 - Friday, 25 March, 2011


Coupled GCMs suffer from common biases in the Pacific and Atlantic basins. These include the so-called double ITCZ problem, and an associated SST bias along the equator and in the southeastern tropical basins where modelled SST is significantly warmer than observations. VOCALS, building on the previous Eastern Pacific Investigation of Climate (EPIC) project, has brought a southeastern Pacific-specific address of these problems. Their observations and high-resolution modeling are improving our understanding of the relevant processes and have encouraged a stronger physical basis to the boundary layer representation in climate models. Significantly, however, these model improvements have had less impact on the simulated SSTs in the Atlantic than for the Pacific. This workshop intends to bring focus specifically to the bias problem in the tropical Atlantic. A goal is to develop a coherent synthesis of existing knowledge for this region, to identify a network of interested researchers, and articulate an effective way forward.


Draft agenda (version 22 March 2011)


The workshop will be held at the University of Miami Prokop Newman Alumni Center - Coral Gables Main Campus.


Wednesday, 23rd May 2011


Thursday, Morning session, 24th May 2011


Thursday, "Key issues at Larger scale" session, 24th May 2011


Thursday, "Key issues at Smaller scale" session, 24th May 2011


General info and contact

Nico Caltabiano
ICPO, Southampton, UK
Phone: +44-(0)23-80596207