Challenges and Prospects for Reducing Coupled Climate Model SST Biases in the Tropics and Pacific 20 February 2017

Challenges and Prospects for Reducing Coupled Climate Model SST Biases in the Tropics and Pacific

A new report synthesizes results from a vast amount of research in modeling sea surface temperature, identifying gaps in knowledge and recommending future research avenues. 

Two new MAPP-funded studies provide new insight into drought understanding and prediction in the Central U.S. 18 January 2016

Two new MAPP-funded studies provide new insight into drought understanding and prediction in the Central U.S.

New research funded by CPO’s MAPP Program focuses on drought in the central U.S./Great Plains region and evaluates why summer droughts occur in the Southern Great Plains during some La Niña years but not in others, and how several drought indicators may promote drought preparedness during future flash drought (droughts that intensify rapidly) events.
El Niño modeling improvements introduced to Zebiak-Cane model 7 December 2015

El Niño modeling improvements introduced to Zebiak-Cane model

In a new study published in the Journal of the Meteorological Society of Japan, Xie et al. address the continued role of the Zebiak-Cane coupled model in ENSO forecasting.
Intraseasonal Variability of Upwelling in the Equatorial Eastern Indian Ocean 30 November 2015

Intraseasonal Variability of Upwelling in the Equatorial Eastern Indian Ocean

A new CVP-supported study by Chen et al. titled “Intraseasonal Variability of Upwelling in the Equatorial Eastern Indian Ocean” has been published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans.

Is the Indian Ocean a potential sink for missing atmospheric heat? 8 June 2015

Is the Indian Ocean a potential sink for missing atmospheric heat?

A paper resulting from research funded by the Climate Program Office’s Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections program as well as the Climate Observation Division, published in Nature Geoscience on May 18th, provides a possible answer to the question of where the missing heat went.

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