Conference Scope

For the past 15 years, the CLIVAR community has undertaken observational and modeling efforts in the tropical Atlantic to better understand the processes responsible for tropical Atlantic climate variability, to provide a basis for assessment and improvement of coupled ocean-atmosphere models, and to advance climate predictability in the surrounding regions. The scientific foundations of these efforts include Prediction and Research Moored Array in the Tropical Atlantic (PIRATA), which was launched in 1997, the Tropical Atlantic Climate Experiment (TACE), which spanned the five year period from 2006-2011, and other closely linked initiatives such as the French "Etude de la circulation oceanique et de sa variabilite dans le Golfe de Guinee" (EGEE) program and the African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analyses (AMMA) program.

The 2013 Tropical Atlantic Variability (TAV) Meeting will be held jointly with the PIRATA-18 Meeting to address progress in observing, simulating, understanding and predicting tropical Atlantic climate. Topics of interest will include, but not necessarily be limited to the following themes:

  • Climate Variability and Change in the Tropical Atlantic
  • Tropical Atlantic Teleconnections
  • Predictability, Coupled and Uncoupled Model Biases
  • Oceanic and Atmospheric Processes Affecting Climate Variability
  • Physical-Biogeochemical Interaction

Scientific and Organizing Committee

Mike McPhaden,  Chair (NOAA/PMEL, US)

Angelo Rubino, Co-Chair (University of Ca' Foscari Venice, Italy)

Bernard Bourles (IRD, France)

Peter Brandt (GEOMAR, Germany)

Ping Chang (Texas A&M University, US)

Carlo Gaetan (University Ca'
Foscari Venice, Italy)
William Johns (University of  Miami, US)

Rick Lumpkin (NOAA/AOML, US)

Domingos Urbano (INPE, Brazil)

Paquita Zuidema (University of Miami, US)

Conference organization

The conference will be held in a single large lecture hall. Special emphasis will be given to poster sessions, which will take place during late afternoon sessions. The poster exhibition will be installed all week long to motivate discussions.

Abstract submission guidelines

Abstracts must be submitted by 12 July 2013, using the submission link on our website; submissions by fax, post or email will not be considered. In the submission please specify if the abstract is for oral or poster presentation and the session (i.e. topic)  preference, though final determinations will be made by the scientific organizing committee.

Important Dates

  • July 12, 2013: Submission Deadline
  • August 2, 2013: Notification of Accepted Contributions
  • September 6, 2013: Registration Deadline
  • October 22-25, 2013: Conference