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Coupled data-assim workshop 2016International workshop on coupled data assimilation 30.08.2016

Météo-France, Toulouse, France

18-21 October 2016

This workshop is intended to facilitate the more rapid advance of development of coupled data assimilation methodologies to improve weather and climate predictions and reanalyses. The workshop will cover methods for coupling of data assimilation methodologies between the atmosphere, ocean, land-surface, sea-ice, aerosols, atmospheric chemistry, and more, including weak and strong coupling. The deadline for abstracts is 11 September 2016. For more see the workshop website.

PIXABAYmount-st-helens-164848 1280Training School: Convective and volcanic clouds detection, monitoring and modeling 30.08.2016

Tarquinia VT, Italy

19-28 October 2016

This School provides an overview of state of the art techniques and methods for detecting and monitoring the volcanic and convective clouds. It teaches students about the different instruments and platforms that are best at detecting such clouds and discusses new missions planned for solving the main issues in this research field. The registration deadline is the 31 August 2016. For more details see the training school website.

PIXABAYfishing-vessel-1096634 1280PREFACE-PIRATA-CLIVAR Tropical Atlantic Variability Conference 30.08.2016

Paris, France

28 November - 1 December, 2016

The 2016 TAV Conference will include sessions on: 1) Oceanic and atmospheric processes affecting physical-biogeochemical interaction and climate; 2) Mechanisms and simulation of tropical Atlantic climate variability; and 3) Towards realizing socio-economic benefits of climate prediction in the Tropical Atlantic for marine ecosystems, fisheries, and continental climate. Abstract submission closes 1 September 2016. For more details see the conference website.


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Science Highlights

PIXABAYsatellite-67718 1280Observation and integrated Earth-system science: A roadmap for 2016–2025 31.08.2016

Adrian Simmons et al., 2016

A report in response to a request by the Committee on Space Research of the International Council for Science to prepare a roadmap on observation and integrated Earth-system science for the coming ten years. Its focus is on the combined use of observations and modelling to address the functioning, predictability and projected evolution of interacting components of the Earth system on timescales out to a century or so. For more see the full article in Advances in Space Research (Volume 57, Issue 10) (OPEN ACCESS).

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WCRP COordinated Regional Downscaling EXperiment (CORDEX): A diagnostic MIP for CMIP6 25.07.2016

Find out all about CORDEX!

CORDEX builds on a foundation of previous downscaling intercomparison projects to provide a common framework for downscaling activities around the world. Discussion paper now available in Geoscientific Model Developement Discussions (OPEN ACCESS).

The Mystery of Carbon Tetrachloride 14.07.2016

The seventh SPARC science report on 'The Mystery of Carbon Tetrachloride' is now available! Find the full report here.

The report helps answer policy-relevant questions related to the global budget of carbon tetrachloride, an important ozone-depleting substance; closing the gap between emissions reported to UNEP's ozone secretariat and those estimated from atmospheric observations.


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WMO Global Framework for Climate Services


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Future Earth Research for Global Sustainability



IOC Framework for Ocean Observing