We are pleased to announce an open call for expressions of interest to participate in a workshop on ‘Large-scale climate variability in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean over decades to centuries, and links to extra-polar climate’, for which a limited number of places are available. The workshop will be held March 24-26 2015, at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California.  It is organized as part of the WCRP Research Program Polar Climate Predictability Initiative in collaboration with PAGES. We have limited support for travel, which we will be reserved to support early career scientists and scientists from developing nations, who are especially encouraged to apply.

The objective of the workshop is to develop an assessment of large-scale patterns of Antarctic climate variability over the last decades to centuries, and the extrapolar-polar teleconnections, by combining proxy records, historical data, modern instrumental records, and model results.  Further information on aims of the meeting can be found in the attached file.

In order to make the workshop as productive as possible, we anticipate holding one or two telecons in the months leading up to the workshop in order to identify key variables that we’ll want to examine during the workshop.  A planned outcome of the workshop will be a journal publication presenting our assessment. More information can be found here: http://www.climate-cryosphere.org/wcrp/pcpi/meetings/initiative-1-mar2015.

If you are interested in participating, please send an email before September 15, including information on the four items below, to Hugues Goosse (hugues.goosse@uclouvain.be):

  • Name, and affiliation
  • Your position (in particular if you are an early career scientist, i.e. PhD student or PhD completion less than 5 years ago).
  • Why would you be interested in participating and/or contributing to the workshop (5 lines max).
  • Would you require funding, or would you be able to participate in the workshop without support for the meeting organization?

The workshop organizers will review all applications, taking into account the potential contribution of each applicant to the workshop and availability of funds, and they will inform you of the outcome before October 6.