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2016 International Atmospheric Rivers Conference

August 8 - 11
Atmospheric rivers (ARs) play a key role in the water cycle as the primary mechanism conveying water vapor through mid-latitude regions. The precipitation that ARs deliver in many parts of the world, especially through orographic precipitation proceses, is important for water resources; but it also regularly is a hazard, with floods resulting. The aims of the 2016 International Atmospheric Rivers Conference are:

  • to discuss and identify differing regional perspectives and conditions from around the world,
  • to evaluate the current state and applications of the science of the mid-latitude atmospheric water cycle, with particular emphasis on atmospheric rivers and associated or parallel processes (e.g., tropical moisture exports),
  • to assess current forecasting capabilities and developing applications, and
  • to plan for future scientific and practical challenges.

The conference aims to bring together experts from academia and applications to form a real community of interests. Questions on the table include: What meteorological conditions constitute ARs and what do not? How can ARs (and related processes) best be identified and categorized? What are the most promising new research directions for putting AR science into its proper meteorological/climatological context and improving its applicability?
Location: University of California, San Diego.
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Joint 21st satellite meteorology, oceanography and climatology conference and 20th conference on air-sea interaction

August 15 - 19
The conferences will have separate sessions in satellite meteorology, oceanography, climatology, and air-sea interaction, as well as joint sessions highlighting the synergisms between the joint areas of interest.  To that point, this joint conference is motivated by the on-going development of observational capabilities and analysis techniques to observe air-sea interaction processes using satellite remote sensing.
Location: Madison, Wisonsin, US.
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4th International Conference on Earth System Modelling (4ICESM)

August 28 - September 1
The conference will focus on the four themes listed below, punctuated by cross-cutting presentations on the history, philosophy and sociology of Earth system science.
Oral and poster contributions to the following sessions, each of which will be kicked off by two keynote presentations, are invited:

  • Clouds, circulation and climate sensitivity (Convenors: Bjorn Stevens and Sandrine Bony)
  • Decadal prediction and attribution (Convenors: Jochem Marotzke and Gabi Hegerl)
  • Modelling past climate changes (Convenors: Martin Claussen and Pascale Braconnot)
  • Carbon feedbacks in the climate system (Convenors: Tatiana Ilyina and Pierre Friedlingstein)

Location: Hamburg, Germany.
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12th International Summer School on Atmospheric and Oceanic Science (ISSAOS): Advanced Programming Techniques for the Earth System Science

August 28- September 2
The aim of the school is providing a basis for the effective exploitation of increasingly available High Performance Computing (HPC) resources in the field of Earth System Science. The school is primarily addressed to PhD students and post-docs, but it is open to all kinds of academic and non-academic research profiles. Highly qualified international lecturers will give an overview of current HPC architectures and will provide the essentials for software development using parallel programming (e.g. MPI), next-generation processors (e.g. GPU, MIC), cloud services, Earth System Modelling Framework (ESMF), and adjoint model formulation.
Location: L'Aquila, Italy.
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Universities and climate change

September 1- 2
Many universities across the world perform state- of-the art research on matters related to climate change, both in respect of mitigation, and adaptation. Yet, as shown by the latest 21st Conference of the Parties of the UN Convention on Climate Change (COP 21), held in Paris in December 2015, there is much room for improvements in the role played by universities in the negotiations and in influencing decision-making on a matter of such a global importance.
There are unfortunately relatively few events where a multidisciplinary overview of university-based research efforts and projects on climate change can be show cased, and where researchers from across the spectrum of the natural and social sciences have had the opportunity to come together to discuss research methods, the results of empirical research or exchange ideas about on-going and future research initiatives focusing on climate change mitigation and adaptation.
It is against this background that the Symposium “Universities and Climate Change: the Role of Higher Education Institutions in Addressing the Mitigation and Adaptation Challenges" is being organised  by Manchester Metropolitan University, UK and HAW Hamburg, Germany, under the auspices of the  International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP). 
Location: Manchester, UK.
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Annual Conference International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE) Old & New Risks: Challenges for Environmental Epidemiology

September 1- 4
The main theme of the conference is “Old and new risks: challenges for environmental epidemiology”.
The Conference will bring together researchers, academics, and health professionals to promote the sharing of research results, experiences and new ideas in the field of environmental epidemiology.
The Conference will address the challenges in exposure assessment, study design and data analyses in the coming decades. The format of the meeting will promote discussion and scientific communication and will include plenary sessions, keynote invited addresses, oral presentations, thematic symposia, and posters.
Location: Rome, Italy.
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GEWEX Convection-Permitting Climate Modeling Meeting

September 6- 8
The GEWEX Convection-Permitting Climate Modeling Meeting will focus on scientific and technical challenges related to convection-permitting climate modeling (horizontal grid spacing ≤4 km). These challenges include the model setup, observational datasets, evaluation techniques, computational resources, model intercomparisons, and the use of convection-permitting simulations in impact research. The 3-day meeting's aim is to foster collaborations and synergies to work on this challenging topic as a community. There will be oral and poster sessions, several invited talks on key topics, and multiple opportunities for discussions and networking.
Location: Boulder, Colerado.
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European conference on applied climatology

September 12- 16
Where atmosphere, sea and land meet: bridging between science, applications and stakeholders.
The conference is divided up into fsix sections:

  • ECAC climate,
  • Applications of meteorology,
  • The atmospheric system and its interactions,
  • Communicaiton and education
  • Measurements and observations
  • Numerical weather prediction.

The conference is organised in cooperation with the Unione Meteorologica del Friuli Venezia Giuglia ONLUS(UMFVG), the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerce - Istituto di Scienze Marine (CNR-ISMAR), the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), the EUMETNET Climate Programme and EUMETNET Working Group of European Forecasters, and the European Meteorological Society (EMS). The Conference is also supported by all Italian EMS Member Societies..
Location: Trieste, Italy.
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CLIVAR open science conference 2016

September 18-25  
The World Climate Research Programme’s (WCRP) Core Project on Climate and Ocean – CLIVAR - invites the international climate community to review the state of the science, to prioritize international research plans and to initiate new collaborations. In September 2016 CLIVAR will hold an Open Science Conference to engage the wider collection of scientists who work in this important area.

The objectives of the CLIVAR Open Science Conference are to

  • Review progress toward improved understanding of the dynamics, the interaction, and the predictability of the coupled ocean-atmosphere system
  • Shape ideas to meet emerging ocean and climate science challenges
  • Engage with the future generation of climate scientists
  • Identify key climate research and stakeholder issues
  • Develop and strengthen collaborations across nations, disciplines and age groups and promote integrative studies

In addition to the main event, the Conference will have two other events which will target specific audiences: the CLIVAR Early Career Scientists Symposium, a 3 day programme prior to the main conference, designed by and for Early Career Scientists; and the Regional Stakeholder Forum, a one day event bringing together CLIVAR scientists and practitioners who have an interest in climate science to exchange ideas, outline requirements and discuss future collaborations with a particular focus on the Asia-Pacific region.
Location: Hamburg, Germany.
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Physics dynamics coupling in weather and climate models

September 20-22 
Weather and climate models include complex representations of dynamics (fluid motions) and physics (e.g. radiative transfer, chemistry, cloud processes) that span timescales from fractions-of-a-second to millennia. The coupling of these processes is complex and difficult to represent. This workshop will address challenges in the development of advanced algorithms to accurately and efficiently represent process interactions that determine fundamental characteristics of weather and climate systems.
The workshop has a strong emphasis on the mathematical and computational aspects of weather and climate modeling..
Location: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Washington State, US.
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Data Analysis and Modeling in Earth Sciences

September 26-28.
The objective of the international conference series “Data Analysis and Modeling in Earth Sciences” (DAMES) is to bring together researchers dealing with data analysis and modeling in all fields of Earth Sciences, promoting the exchange of knowledge on both methodological developments and Earth Science applications across disciplines. Specific topics come from all fields of Earth Sciences, including atmospheric sciences, hydrology, oceanography, present-day and paleo-climatology, climate change and its impacts. Contributions on applied topics such as environmental risk analysis and sustainability are welcome as well.
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland.
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SPIE Remote Sensing 2016

September 26-29.
The event that offers engineers, scientists, programme managers and policy makers access to the latest developments in earth observing systems, technologies and applications.
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland.
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NOAA's 41st climate diagnostics and prediction workshop

October 3-6
The workshop will address topics in climate prediction, monitoring, and diagnostics, and will focus on five major themes:

  • ENSO and recent climate anomalies
  • The prediction, attribution, and analysis of high impact extreme climate events (drought, heat waves, severe weather, tropical cyclones) in the framework of climate variability and change and including the use of paleoclimate data.
  • Arctic climate variability and change, and linkages to lower latitudes. What paleoclimate data from the Arctic can tell us about our current and future climate.
  • Model and multi-model ensemble predictions and predictability. Strategies for calibration, consolidation, and optimal use of sources of predictability, including diagnostics of coupled model climate change projections for potential use in shorter timescale climate predictions.
  • Climatic events and risk management: knowledge and products to connect the diagnostics and predictions with preparedness and adaptation strategies.

The workshop will feature daytime oral presentations, invited speakers, and panel discussions with a poster session event on one evening. Discounted student registration and some travel support for students will be available.
Location: Orono, Maine, US.
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Terrestrial modelling and high-performance scientific computing (HPSC Fall School 2016)

October 10-14.
The Centre for High-Performance Scientific Computing in Terrestrial Systems invites young scientists (Master or PhD students, PostDocs) to participate in the HPSC TerrSys' Fall School 2016.
The objective of this applied course is to provide the theoretical and technical context of terrestrial modeling in high-performance scientific computing (HPSC) environments utilizing stand-alone and coupled hydrologic, land surface and atmospheric models. Utilizing the Terrestrial Systems Modeling Platform (TerrSysMP), the course will take a complete tour of terrestrial modeling and HPSC in connection with real-world observations and data assimilation.
Location: Bonn, Germany.
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Climate challenges and solutions under the 2C target

October 19-20.
The 2016 Annual Conference of the Italian Society for Climate Sciences (SISC), entitled “Climate challenges and solutions under the 2°C target”,  it aims to foster the scientific debate among scientists, policy and decision makers (Italians and foreigners), NGOs members and other stakeholders whose activities are focused on climate change, as well as its relationships with the environment and socio-economic systems, opportunities and solutions helping in respecting the recent Paris Agreement.
Location: Cagliari, Italy.
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STATMOS Workshop on Climate and Weather Extremes

October 23-25.
This workshop will serve two complementary purposes. The first is to introduce graduate students, as well as others wishing to enter into the area of extreme value analysis, to the techniques and challenges that are unique to studying rare events. The second is to provide a venue for statisticians and atmospheric and climate scientists to share ideas and facilitate collaboration aimed at understanding rare, high-impact climate and weather events.
Location: Philadelphia, US.
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Model hierarchies workshop

November 2-4.
In an in influential essay, Isaac Held indicated how we may bridge this "gap between simulation and understanding". We construct hierarchies of models, with a range of complexity: simpler ones that embody a particular mechanism that underlies some aspect of the full Earth system, to comprehensive general circulation models with an interactive carbon cycle. An impressive range of models form the toolkit of Earth System Science: simplied forms of the primitive equations to study rotating fluids, LES models to study turbulence, cloud-resolving models, and so on, up to AOGCMs and ESMs. Similarly there are modeling experiments also forming a hierarchy from highly idealized settings to the attempts to recreate the observed climate history in all its glory.

A key challenge is how to make the hierarchy more effective, so that we may readily isolate observed behaviour of a complex model in a simpler one, and represent findings from idealized models in GCMs. This workshop solicits talks that address this challenge. A desired outcome of the workshop is a paper intended for a broad audience around the theme of model hierarchies, to which all workshop participants will be encouraged to contribute.
Location: Princeton University, New Jersey, US.
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Pan Ocean Remote Sensing Conference

November 3-11
The Pan Ocean Remote Sensing Conference (PORSEC) provides an opportunity for the scientists working on various aspects of ocean and atmosphere using remote sensing technology to come together and discuss their results and innovations.
Location: Fortaleza, Brazil.
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28th conference on severe local storms.

November 7-11
Oral and poster presentations are solicited on all topics related to severe local storms, which addresses hazards of tornadoes, large hail, flash floods, and damaging local winds that are associated with deep moist convection.  Presentations on results from field programs (e.g., VORTEX-SE, PECAN, MPEX, DC3, VORTEX2) and similar observational campaigns, high impact severe convective weather events, assimilation of data into numerical models for the analysis and prediction of severe convective weather, high-resolution simulations of convection and their mesoscale environments, climatologies of and climate interactions with severe local storms, and studies of the societal impacts of severe local storms are particularly encouraged.
Location: Portland, Oregon, US.
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Bureau of Meteorology R&D Annual Workshop

December 5-9
The workshop brings together Australian experts from the Bureau of Meteorology, CSIRO, the universities and research centres as well as a number of prominent overseas scientists. This year's workshop will focus on datat assimilation across numerous themes. It will address the challenges and vision for the future of this relatively large application of the scientific method. Themes to be discussed include: ensemble DA; atmospheric DA; satellite DA; oceanic DA; land DA; reanalysis/coupled DA; forecast sensitivity; and advanced methods and generalise model data fusion. Early career scientists are urged to attend the student workshop (December 1-2) being held in conjunction with this meeting. 
Location: Melbourne, Australia.
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AGU Fall Meeting.

December 12-16
With approximately 24,000 attendees in 2015, AGU’s Fall Meeting is the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world. 2016 will mark Fall Meeting’s 49th year as the premiere place to present your research; hear about the latest discoveries, trends, and challenges in the field; and network with colleagues that can enhance your career. The fall Meeting brings together the entire Earth and space science community from across the globe for discussions of emerging trends and the latest research.
Location: San Francisco, California, US.
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97th AMS Annual Meeting

January 22-26
The upcoming AMS annual meeting will bring together researchers across the weather, water, and climate community. There are multiple conferences and symposia, as part of the meeting, that will of interest to the CLIVAR community, such as the 29th Conference on Climate Variability and Change with sessions on Subseasonal-to-seasonal (S2S) Processes and Predictability, Extreme Events, Climate Observations, Large-scale Circulation, and many more. Abstracts are due August 1.
Location: Seattle Washington
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AMOS/MSNZ annual conference & ANZCF 2017

February 7-10.
Organised jointly by Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS) and Meteorological Society of New Zealand (MSNZ), the Conference will be held in conjunction with the Australian/New Zealand Climate Forum (ANZCF). The overall theme is Australasian weather, climate and oceans: past, present and future. Sessions may be in line with this theme, or cover any relevant topic, including areas such as:

Surface measurements and earth observations (including instrumentation)

  • Oceans
  • Atmosphere/surface interactions and impacts
  • Weather and Climate and forecasting timescales
  • Weather and climate impacts, including impacts on humans and ecosystems 

Sessions for ANZCF could cover:

  • General climate, paleoclimate, quaternary and deep-time climate
  • Climate history; climate and history
  • Climate operations and services – new observing, data management and modelling needs, new requirements from user sectors
  • Climate impacts, including impacts on humans and ecosystems
  • Climate education

Location: Australian National University, Canberra, ACT.
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10th International carbon dioxide conference 

August 20-25  
The purpose of this conference is to bring together scientists from different disciplines to work towards an integrated view on the global cycle of carbon in the Earth System. Spatial scales considered range from local and regional towards global synthesis, temporal scales from hours to millennia. Periods addressed include the contemporary, industrial, and future, as well as the last millennia, glacial/interglacial, and stadial/interstadial periods.

Topics will include:

  • trends and variability in carbon stocks and fluxes
  • land use and land management
  • carbon-ecosystem-climate feedbacks and vulnerabilities
  • extreme events
  • linkages between CO2 and other greenhouse gases and between carbon and related tracers (e.g., oxygen, nutrients, and isotopes)
  • direct and indirect effects of high CO2 including ocean acidification
  • natural and anthropogenic drivers
  • allowable anthropogenic carbon emissions to meet multiple climate targets
  • emission mitigation
  • information from atmospheric, oceanic, terrestrial measurements and monitoring networks, from paleo archives, from process, inverse, and Earth System models

Location: Interlaken, Sweden.
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