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  Information - CL14 Understanding the dynamics of the coupled climate system with focus on the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) and El Nino - Southern Oscillation (ENSO)

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Deeper understanding of the intrinsic variability and stability properties of the main climate variability modes is needed to assess confidence in the detection, attribution and prediction of global and regional climate change, to improve seasonal predictions, and to understand the shortcomings of current prediction systems.

In this session, the fundamental dynamical mechanisms of two of the most important modes of climate variability - the North Atlantic Oscillation/Arctic Oscillation (NAO/AO) and the El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) - will be explored. Papers elucidating key theoretical and practical aspects of strongly and weakly coupled processes underlying the natural variability of ENSO and NAO/AO; evaluation of the representation of the coupled processes underlying ENSO and the NAO in state-of-the-art models used to predict climate change; advanced understanding of the response of ENSO and NAO/AO to climate change; and assessment of the role of ocean biology in the variability of the tropical coupled climate system, including ENSO, are particularly welcome.

The session acts as a model workshop organised by the FP6 EU project DYNAMITE.

Preliminary List of Solicited Speakers
(to be confirmed)
Rowan Sutton - The North Atlantic Oscillation in the Coupled Climate System
Eric Guiliyardi - The El Niņo/Southern Oscillation in the Coupled Climate System
Mojib Latif - Understanding common aspects and interactions between the NAO/AO and ENSO
Adam Scaife - The coupled atmosphere-ocean system and global change


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