Climate Variability and Predictability

Type of Structure: program
Regional Scope: global
Parent Organisations: WCRP.WCP, .ICSU, .IOC
Child Organisations: WGCM
Duration : 1995 to present
Contact Address: no office contact defined

holding an official function in CLIVAR

General information and objectives

The objectives of CLIVAR are:

  • To describe and understand the physical processes responsible for climate variability and predictability on seasonal, interannual, decadal, and centennial time-scales, through the collection and analysis of observations and the development and application of models of the coupled climate system, in cooperation with other relevant climate-research and observing programmes.
  • To extend the record of climate variability over the time-scales of interest through the assembly of quality-controlled paleoclimatic and instrumental data sets.
  • To extend the range and accuracy of seasonal to interannual climate prediction through the development of global coupled predictive models.
  • To understand and predict the response of the climate system to increases of radiatively active gases and aerosols and to compare these predictions to the observed climate record in order to detect the anthropogenic modification of the natural climate signal.

    The CLIVAR programme is initially organized into three component programmes:
  • CLIVAR-GOALS: A study of seasonal-to-interannual climate variability and predictability of the global ocean-atmosphere-land system;
  • CLIVAR-DecCen: A study of decadal-to centennial climate variability and predictability, and
  • CLIVAR-ACC: modelling and detection of anthropogenic climate change.

Swiss Statement for the CLIVAR Conference in Paris, 1998

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Last update: 11/19/14
Source of data: ProClim- Research InfoSystem (1993-2020)

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