American Monsoons Webinar Flier

24 April 2024, Wednesday, 17:30-19:00 UTC.

The fourth webinar in this series focused on American Monsoons, and was chaired by Prof. Alice Grimm, Federal University of Paraná (UFPR), Brazil.

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Prof. Pedro Leite da Silva Dias (University of São Paulo, Brazil): Challenges for the South American monsoon predictability"

Dr. Salvatore Pascale (University of Bologna, Italy): The North American monsoon: current scientific issues and perspective for the future

Webinar Chair:

Prof. Alice Grimm (Federal University of Paraná, Brazil) - American Monsoons

Watch the recording of the webinar here:

About the speakers and Chairs:
Prof. Pedro Leite da Silva Dias

Pedro DiasBSc in Applied Mathematics (USP/1974), PhD in Atmospheric Sciences (CSU/1979). Professor at the Univ. of São Paulo since 1975. Former Visiting Researcher at NCAR, NCEP and IRD. Senior researcher of INPE, Head of the Center of Weather Forecasting and Climate Research (1988/90). Director National Laboratory for Scientific Computing from 2007 to 2015. Director Institute of Astronomy, Geophysics and Atmospheric Sciences (2017-2021), Member Brazilian Academy of Sciences. President Brazilian Met. Soc. 1992-1994 and Science Director 2006- 2008. Advisor of more than 70 graduate students. Former member of WMO and international and national science panels. Research interests in complex modeling of the atmosphere, parallelization of atmospheric models, climate variability, weather forecasting, air pollution modeling, role of tropical heat sources, uncertainty estimates in weather and climate predictions, climate change issues and interaction with users of meteorological forecasts.

Dr. Salvatore Pascale 

Salvatore Pascale is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Bologna, Italy, since 2021. His research activity focuses on understanding the impact of climate change and variability on weather and climate extreme events, with a particular emphasis on climate dynamics, Mediterranean climates and monsoons. He holds a M.Sc. in Physics from the University of Naples “Federico II” and a Ph.D. in Meteorology awarded in 2011 by the University of Reading, UK. Before joining the University of Bologna, he was research fellow at the Hamburg University, Germany (2011-2014), the California Institute of Technology (2015-2017), associate research scholar at Princeton University and NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (2017-2019) and research scientist at Stanford University (2019-2021).

Prof. Alice Grimm

Professor at the Federal University of Parana (UFPR, Brazil) since 1975, and Coordinator of its Meteorology Group. Advisor of undergraduate (105) and graduate (20) students. Main research interests: climate oscillations in different time scales and the dynamical mechanisms of their regional impacts; predictability; teleconnections; extreme events; climate change and its regional impacts. She holds degrees in Physics (1972) and in Architecture/Urban Planning (1973). Master in Geodetic Sciences (UFPR, 1982) and Doctor in Atmospheric Sciences (University of São Paulo, 1992, where she received the USP Prize for her doctoral thesis). Former Visiting Researcher at Columbia University (IRI) and Senior Associate at ICTP. Was member of the WMO/CAS Management Group (2009-2017) and of several WMO scientific working groups and panels, besides other national/international science panels. She is also the Co-chair of the CLIVAR/GEWEX Monsoons Panel’s Working Group on American Monsoons.

 Organizing Institution:
CLIVAR/GEWEX Monsoons Panel’s Working Group on American Monsoons

The Working Group on American Monsoons is one of Working Groups under WCRP CLIVAR/GEWEX Monsoons Panel. American Monsoons contain two components - South American Monsoon and North American Monsoon. This working group aims to reduce the community's vulnerability to natural variations in the strengths of these two monsoons and to monsoon climate change. It coordinates scientific community efforts to understand the American monsoon systems and their predictability and works to improve the reliability of forecasts to enable effective forward planning. The Working Group is supported by the International Monsoons Project Office (IMPO), hosted by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) Pune, India.