14th Session of the VAMOS panel (VPM14)

Friday, March 25, 2011 to Saturday, March 26, 2011
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Miami, Florida, USA


Friday, 25 March, 2011 - Saturday, 26 March, 2011

Location: The workshop was held at the Multipurpose Room, Miami University Alumni Center (on the main campus of the University).

Meeting goals:

After more than 10 years of coordinated monsoon research efforts within the NAME and MESA programs, there is now a need, in the American monsoon research community, to establish new emerging challenges that address continued limitations in prediction skill of the American monsoon systems. The overarching goal of the 14th VAMOS Panel Meeting (VPM-14) is to renew the strong linkage between VAMOS science programs and research community and theoperational centers responsible for creating and disseminating forecasts of the N. and S. American monsoons. These linkages must be strong across all spatial and temporal scales in order to accelerate improvements in forecast skill and in order to maximize the interpretation and utility of forecasts. To do so, we have organized the VPM-14 meeting under 4 main themes:

1) Review of VAMOS programmatics with emphasis on CLIVAR?s new structure and imperatives; assess links to GEWEX and funding agencies

2) Reporting on activities and products at operational forecast centers

3) Update on CLIVAR Cross-cuts including extremes and capacity building

4) Discussion on existing and newly proposed research programs, including a 0.5 day joint session with the CLIVAR Atlantic Panel

The outcome of this meeting will be a report which articulates progress on current VAMOS activities and, perhaps more importantly, identifies new research priorities and programmatic milestones for VAMOS-endorsed programs.


Last update: Final


Friday, March 25, 2011 - Morning, Atlantic Workshop last session
9.00-12.00 Atlantic Workshop Wrap-up Session  
9.00-10.15 Summary and continued discussion on findings and plans from the Atlantic Workshop Zuidema/Terray/Mechoso
10.15-10.30 Break  
10:30-12:00 AIP and VAMOS panel chairs meeting to discuss results and plans from Atlantic Workshop  
12:00-1:30 Lunch  
Friday, March 25, 2011 - Afternoon, VPM-14 starts
1.30-3.30 VAMOS Panel Cross-cuts and Priorities Discussion  
1:30-1:40 Session Overview and Goals Gochis and Berbery
1:40-2:00 Implementation of the VAMOS Modeling Plan and interactions with WGSIP Ben Kirtman
2:00-2:30 Update on VAMOS Extremes Working Group/VAMOS Extremes Schubert/Cavalcanti
2:30-2:50 TRACE: A proposed Regional Hydroclimate Program RHP, Berbery
2:50- 3:10 MESA: new developments and numerical models' studies Iracema Cavalcanti
3:10-3:30 VOCALS News R. Mechoso, P. Zuidema
3.30-4.00 Break  
4:00-5:30 Operational Forecast and Monitoring Products  
4:00-4:10 Overview and Session Goals Gochis/Berbery
4:10-4:30 Operational Monsoon Monitoring at NCEP WassilaThiaw
4:30-4:50 Transferring Research to Operations : The NOAA Climate Testbed Jin Huang
4:50-5:10 Forecast Forum Activities Gochis, A. Douglas
5:10-6:00 Wrap-up discussion  
6.00 Adjourn  
Saturday, March 26, 2011 - Morning
8:30 - 10:10 VAMOS/AIP joint session  
8:30-8:45 Update on GEWEX Goals and Imperatives Peter van Oevelen
8:45-9:00 Update on IASCLiP Art Douglas
9:00-9:15 CLIVAR ICPO - CLIVAR Imperatives Bob Molinari
9:15-9:30 Atlantic Workshop report Paquita Zuidema
9:30-10:10 Discussion on how VAMOS/AIP can push forward some of the outcome of the Workshop VAMOS and AIP Chairs
10.10-10.30 Break  
10:30-12:30 VPM-14 Invited presentations  
10:30-10:50 Update on U.S. CLIVAR Activities Mike Patterson
10:50-11:10 Land-atmosphere coupling in the El Niño influence over South America Marcelo Barreiro
11:10-11:30 Performance evaluation of different estimations of precipitation over South Eastern South America Paola Salio
11:30-11:50 The Caribbean Modelling Initiative Michael Taylor
11:50_12:10 Climate Risk Management in the IRI: Examples in the Agricultural Sector of Latin America Walter Baethgen
12:10-12:30 The Tropical Atlantic Warm Pool Chunzai Wang
12.30 Lunch  
Saturday, March 26, 2011 - Afternoon
2:00 – 4:00 Open discusssion Berbery and Gochis
  Overview of WCRP, CLIVAR, GEWEX and VAMOS Program Structures
The WCR Open Science Conference
GPS Networks in the Caribbean and in Mexico
• VAMOS Modeling Survey Discussion
• Progress on IASCLiP' Goals and milestones
• Comments on CORDEX and the Antropogenic Climate Change Working Group
• Discussion on an updated S. American Monsoon research plan
• Continued interactions with VOCALS
• Review of proposed SE Atlantic Research Program' Goals and milestones
• New VAMOS Science Priorities
D. Gochis
H. Berbery
Gochis and A. Douglas
B. Kirtman
Art Douglas
R. Arritt

Gochis and Berbery

4:00-6:00 VAMOS Panel Executive Session  
  • Review of the VAMOS TOR in order to focus more on topical science issues Berbery, Gochis
  • VAMOS Newsletter C. Ereno
  • VAMOS business: Membership, Next meeting Berbery, Gochis
6.00 End of VPM-14  



Hugo Berbery VAMOS co-chair
David Gochis VAMOS co-chair
Raymond Arritt
Walter Baethgen
Marcelo Barreiro
Iracema Cavalvanti
Art Douglas
Ben Kirtman
Paola Salio
Michael Taylor
Paquita Zuidema
Carlos Ereño
Catherine Beswick
David Enfield
Jin Huang
Brian Mapes
Jose Meitin
Bob Molinari
Mike Patterson
Siegfried Schubert
Wassila Thiaw
Peter van Oevelen
Chunzai Wang
Chidong Zhang

 Background documents

VPM13 Action List 

VAMOS Modeling Plan

VAMOS and Extremes Plan