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  Information - CL11 Climate of the low latitudes

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Some of the major modes of climate variability are located in the low latitudes with prominent teleconnections all around the globe. The South and East Asian monsoon systems alone affect life conditions of almost 40 % of the Earth's population. The session is dedicated to the reconstruction, understanding and prediction of climate phenomena in the low latitudes, in particular, the El Nino-Southern Oscillation, the monsoons, the Madden-Julian Oscillation and their feedbacks with the oceans and land surfaces. The session welcomes contributions from disciplinary and interdisciplinary research dealing with climate variability and change in the low latitudes at time scales from million of years to synoptic weather phenomena.
We seek papers focusing on process understanding, rather than presentations with a more technical character. Three main issues are particularly welcome: (1) the temporal evolution and typical time scales of tropical and subtropical climate fluctuations in the past, present and future (2) the improvement of our physical understanding of the key factors and mechanisms of climate variability in the low latitudes at different time scales, (3) the prospects for climate prediction at time scales from weeks to decades, based on numerical and statistical modelling approaches.

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