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13th International Meeting on Statistical Climatology

June 6-10
The meetings, which have been held roughly every three years since 1979, are organized by independent statisticians, climatologists and atmospheric scientists. The meetings facilitate communication between the science and statistics communities and promote good statistical practice in climate and atmospheric science. The local organizer of the 13th meeting is Dr. Francis Zwiers. This meeting is sponsored by the Pacific Climate Impact Consortium and the World Climate Research Program.

Contributions are invited in all aspects of the application of statistical methods in climate research and the development of new statistical methods and theories relevant to climate applications.
Location: Canmore, Alberta, Canada
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SPARC DynVar Workshop & S-RIP Meeting - The Large-Scale Atmospheric Circulation: Confronting Model Biases and Uncovering Mechanisms

June 6-10
This workshop is an action to launch this effort and reinforce connections between the modeling centers involved in DynVarMIP and the wider research community. As atmospheric reanalyses provide a vital connection between models and the real Earth, we will meet jointly with a subset of the SPARC Reanalysis Intercomparison Project (S-RIP) focused on the Brewer-Dobson Circulation and the Stratospheric-Tropospheric Coupling.
Location: Helsinki, Finland
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DCMIP 2016 - Dynamical Core Model Intercomparison Project 2016

June 6-17
Over the past fifty years, Earth-system models have given us incredible insight into the influence of the changing climate on regional and global scales.  A major component of these models is the atmospheric dynamical core, which is responsible for solving the equations of fluid motion within the atmosphere. Substantial investments are now being made in the development of new dynamical cores at modeling centers around the world, driven by the need for more accurate and efficient models, the call for more practicable climate data at the fine scales, and the rapid growth of supercomputing architectures. More attention has been directed at inaccuracies and biases that arise due to the relatively crude division between physical parameterizations and dynamics.  To better understand these systems, the Dynamical Core Model Intercomparison Project aims to intercompare cutting-edge dynamical cores and provide a forum to exchange ideas and advance education on dynamical core development.
Location: Boulder, Colorado.
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International symposium on forecasting

June 19-22
As the premier, international forecasting conference, the ISF provides the opportunity to interact with the world’s leading forecasting researchers and practitioners. The attendance is large enough so that the best in the field are attracted, yet small enough that you are able to meet and discuss one-on-one. The ISF offers a variety of networking opportunities, through keynote speaker presentations, academic sessions, workshops, meals, and social programs. In addition, representatives of leading publishing, software, and other related companies are on hand to discuss their most recent offerings.
Location: Santander, Spain.
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13th meeting of the Asian Oceania Geosciences Society 

July 31- August 5  
Asia- Oceania region is particularly vulnerable to natural hazards, accounting for almost 80% human lives lost globally. AOGS is deeply involved in addressing hazard related issues through improving our understanding of the genesis of hazards through scientific, social and technical approaches.
AOGS holds annual conventions providing a unique opportunity of exchanging scientific knowledge and discussion to address important geo-scientific issues among academia, research institution and public.
Recognizing the need of global collaboration, AOGS has developed good co-operation with other international geo-science societies and unions such as the European Geosciences Union (EGU), American Geophysical Union (AGU), International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG), Japan Geo-science Union (JpGU), and Science Council of Asia (SCA)..
Location: Beijing, China.
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International workshop on the Madden-Julien Oscillation

August 6-9.
The Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO) is an important element of the atmospheric climate system. Its role in connecting tropical and global weather and climate has been increasingly appreciated. During the past three decades, several field campaigns were conducted in the tropics that have advanced our knowledge of MJO, maintenance, propagation and initiation (TOGA COARE, MISMO and DYNAMO). A future two-year (spanning 2017 – 2019) field campaign called Years of the Maritime Continent (YMC) is planned that will build on these previous efforts. One of its objectives is to improve our understanding of the Maritime Continent barrier effect on eastward propagation of the MJO from Indian Ocean to Pacific Ocean. A pressing need exists to synthesize our current understanding of dynamics of the MJO, its impacts on weather and climate, and its predictability. 
A workshop is being planned that aims to bring scientists around the globe to have in-depth discussions of the current status of MJO studies. Theworkshop will focus on the following topics: 

  • Dynamics of the MJO (initiation and propagation)
  • Impact of the MJO on the global weather and climate systems
  • MJO prediction and predictability
  • Need of observations

Location: ChengDu, China.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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