Monsoons play a crucial role in shaping weather patterns and impacting the livelihoods of billions of people.
Monsoon systems research is crucial not only for scientific improvements but also for socio-economic applications, that will benefit society. As part of our efforts to share this knowledge, we are launching a series of webinars on global and regional monsoons, in line with the three working groups of the panel. These webinars will be a platform to exchange knowledge, to discuss past and ongoing activities within the Monsoons Panel, and to explore methods that the scientific community and other stakeholders can engage.
The first webinar in this series will be on Global Monsoon, chaired by Dr Suryachandra Rao Anguluri, a senior scientist at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune.
Dr Annalisa Cherchi: Future of monsoons in a changing climate – A global perspective
Watch the video of the webinar here:
About the speakers
Prof. Bin Wang
Bin Wang is a currently professor at University of Hawaii and a team leader at the International Pacific Research Center. He is a noted meteorologist specializing in climate and atmospheric dynamics and has pioneered greater understanding of the dynamics and predictability of tropical climate and global monsoons in the Asian-Pacific region. In 2015, the Carl-Gustf Rossby Research Medal was award to him “for creative insights leading to important advances in the understanding of tropical and monsoonal processes and their predictability”. He was the co-chair of WCRP CLIVAR/GEWEX Monsoons Panel Asian-Australian Monsoon Panel from 2005-2009 and chair of science advisory Committee of APEC Climate Center.
Dr. Annalisa Cherchi
Annalisa Cherchi is a senior scientist at the National Research Council, Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Sciences (CNR-ISAC) in Bologna. She contributed to monsoon studies covering a wide range of aspects, like the relationship with the Indian Ocean, the impact of increased horizontal resolution, the role of increased atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration, including monsoon predictability. She has been Lead Author for the IPCC AR6 WGI report (Chapter 8, “Water cycle changes”, contributions to Technical Summary and Summary for Policymakers). She is member of the Steering Committee of the “Global Monsoon Model Intercomparison Program (GMMIP)” and of the WCRP CLIVAR/GEWEX Monsoons Panel.
Dr. Suryachandra Rao Anguluri
Suryachandra Rao Anguluri is a senior scientist at Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorological in Pune. His research interests include dynamical model developments and diagnosis for improved Indian monsoon simulation and prediction. He is the co-chair of WCRP CLIVAR/GEWEX Monsoons Panel. He also leads the “Monsoon Mission” program of Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), Government of India and the high performance computing program of MoES.
The Monsoons Panel is conceived with a global monsoon remit and cross-cutting between the two core projects of WCRP (GEWEX and CLIVAR), with a structure into three Regional Monsoon Working Groups, focusing on the Asian-Australian, American and African monsoon regions.
The Monsoons Panel aims to advance understanding and prediction of monsoon variability, with a focus on cross-scale linkages and non-traditional phenomena. New methods and perspectives are sought to enhance monitoring and diagnostic efforts, improving component, and coupled models. Key efforts include developing improved process studies, particularly emphasizing convection and land-surface processes, coordinating with relevant modeling efforts (including climate change-related ones), strengthening links between research and operational forecasting stakeholders, and empowering young scientists worldwide to contribute to monsoon knowledge. Scientific work involves observational field campaigns, process modeling, climate change contributions in CMIP, and leveraging subseasonal-to-seasonal variability for enhanced monsoon prediction.
The Monsoons Panel is supported by the International Monsoons Project Office (IMPO), hosted by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) located in Pune, India.