The Call for Nominations for the 2016 World Data System (WDS) Data Stewardship Award is now open. This annual prize is directed towards early career researchers, and the 2016 winner will be presented with their Award alongside the 2015 awardee, Dr Yaxing Wei at SciDataCon 2016 (11–13 September 2016; Denver, Colorado).
The deadline for nominations is Friday, 13 May 2016. Details of the call can be found on the WDS website.
2–4 November 2016
Just a few more days to get your abstracts in to the Model Hierarchies Workshop, to be held at Princeton University, New Jersey, USA. The goal of the workshop is to bring together expertise to build more effective hierarchies of models. This is necessary to readily isolate the observed behaviour of a complex model in a simpler one, and to represent findings from idealized models in more comprehensive general circulation models. For more information see the Model Hierarchies Workshop website.
The 37th Session of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) Joint Scientific Committee (JSC) took place from 25 to 27 April 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland. As part of this meeting the JSC approved two new 'Grand Challenges'. These focus on climate-carbon interactions and on climate prediction on time scales from years to decades, both very important to our understanding of how Earth’s climate will change in the coming years. WCRP intends to promote these projects through community-organized workshops, conferences and strategic planning meetings as well as to advocate further for international partnership and coordination. For more see the WMO Pree Release 'The WCRP approves new Grand Challenges' and the JSC-37 Meeting Overview.
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A study by King et al. (2016) examining extreme climate events has found that humans most likely triggered the last 16 record-breaking hot years on Earth, up to 2014.
While it is often hard to detect differences in overall skill between different forecast systems, there is now clear evidence that seasonal forecasts benefit from inclusion of the stratosphere. Recent work by Butler et al. (2016) uses historical forecasts from the WCRP Climate-system Historical Forecast Project (CHFP) to compare the seasonal prediction skill in boreal wintertime between models that did and did not resolve the stratosphere and its dynamics. Enhanced conditional wintertime skill over high latitudes and the North Atlantic region during winters with El Niño conditions suggests a possible role for a stratospheric pathway.
Salinity and Water Cycle over the Oceans: Recent Progress and Future Challenges; Hamburg, Germany, 12–15 October 2015
This workshop brought together almost 100 scientists from around the world to review recent progress on salinity and freshwater research, discussing problems that must be solved to improve our understanding of future changes in the water cycle.
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