Participant Affiliation
Jim Kinter(Lead Scientist)
Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies (COLA)
Eric Maloney (Co-Lead Scientist)
Colorado State University
Justin Sheffield (Co-Lead Scientist) Princeton University
Melissa Bukovsky
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
Suzana Camargo Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO)
Leila Carvalho
University of California, Santa Barbara
Edmund Chang Stony Brook University
Brian Colle Stony Brook University
Paul Dirmeyer Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies (COLA)
Rong Fu University of Texas at Austin
Lisa Goddard International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI)
Marty Hoerling NOAA/ESRL/PSD
Qi Hu University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Xianan Jiang University of California, Los Angeles
Charles Jones University of California, Santa Barbara
Kristopher Karnauskas Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)
Ben Kirtman University of Miami
Arun Kumar NOAA/Climate Prediction Center (CPC)
Sanjiv Kumar Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies (COLA)
Jialin Lin Ohio State University
Lindsey Long NOAA/Climate Prediction Center (CPC)
Kingtse Mo NOAA/Climate Prediction Center (CPC)
J. David Neelin University of California, Los Angeles
Sumant Nigam University of Maryland
Zaitao Pan Saint Louis University
Alfredo Ruiz-Barradas University of Maryland
Richard Seager Lamond-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) of Columbia University
Yolande Serra University of Arizona
Anji Seth University of Connecticut
Julienne Stroeve National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC)
De-Zheng Sun NOAA/ Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL)
Gabriel Vecchi NOAA/Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL)
Chunzai Wang NOAA/Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML)
Shang-Ping Xie University of Hawaii
Jin-Yi Yu University of California, Irvine
Tao Zhang NOAA/Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL)
Ming Zhao NOAA/Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL)


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