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GEWEXGEWEX News now available! 19.07.16

In this issue: 14 July 2016

  • Questionnaire on IPCC Report on 1.5°C Climate Target
  • Call for Proposals: Sustainable Water Future Programme Working Groups
  • School on Climate System Prediction and Regional Climate Information
  • International Prize for Model Development
  • International Data Prize
  • Call for papers: 2016 AGU Fall Meeting
  • Position announcements for two senior reserch scientists and one PhD Studentship

For more see GEWEX News.

WCRP/WWRP International Prize for Model Development 2016. 14.07.2016

Call for Nominations – Due Date: 1 October 2016

In recognition of the essential role model development plays to weather and climate science WCRP and the World Weather Research Programme (WWRP) are seeking nominations for the “WCRP/WWRP International prize for model development”. For more information and links to the nomination form see the WCRP/WWRP International prize for model development webpage.

WCRP/GCOS International Data Prize 2016 14.07.2016

Call for Nominations – Due Date: 1 October 2016

Recognizing this need for further advancing climate observations and their coordination, WCRP and the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) are seeking nominations for the first “WCRP/GCOS International Data Prize”. For more information and links to the nomination form see the WCRP/GCOS International Data Prize webpage.


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Science Highlights

SPARC REP7 2016The 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.

Downscaled and debiased climate simulations for North America from 21,000 years ago to 2100AD 11.07.2016

OPEN ACCESS: This paper presents unified datasets of debiased and downscaled climate simulations for North America from 21 ka BP to 2100AD, at 0.5° spatial resolution. Find this paper at: Lorenz, D. et al., 2016. Downscaled and debiased climate simulations for North America from 21,000 years ago to 2100AD. Scientific Data 3: 160048. DOI:10.1038/sdata.2016.48.

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Figure 6. Maps of the temporal correlation between monthly anomalies for selected climate variables (Lorenz et al., 2016).

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Human-caused Indo-Pacific warm pool expansion 06.07.2016

OPEN ACCESS: The authors identify human and natural contributions to the observed Indo-Pacific warm pool (IPWP) changes since the 1950s by comparing observations with climate model simulations. For more see: Weller, E. et al., 2016. Human-caused Indo-Pacific warm pool expansion, Science Advances, Vol. 2, no. 7, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1501719.


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