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8th GEWEX Open Science Conference: Extremes and Water on the Edge

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Abstract, travel support, and ECR Workshop notifications have gone out for the 2018 GEWEX Open Science Conference. Registration is still open, but only until we reach our maximum number of participants. To ensure your attendance, please register. The Conference will be held from 6-11 May 2018 in Canmore, Alberta, Canada, in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Find the themes of the Conference and the list of sessions here, and find out about the 3-day Joint YESS-YHS Early Career Researcher (ECR) Workshop, held before the Conference, here.

2018 WCRP Workshop: The Earth’s Energy Imbalance and Its Implications (EEI)

The Earth Energy Imbalance (EEI) is once of the most fundamental metric defining the status of global climate change and expectations for continued global warming. WCRP Core Projects work together for a new WCRP-wide initiative to identify research goals and opportunities on Earth’s Energy Imbalance and to strengthen future international scientific collaboration with experts for EEI assessments.

Save the dates for this opportunity for international scientific collaborations: The WCRP workshop will be held on  13-16 November 2018 in Toulouse, France. Further details can be found here and will be updated through the websites of WCRP and its Core Projects.

2018 NASA Summer School on Satellite Observations and Climate Models

The JPL Center for Climate Sciences has just opened the application for the 2018 NASA Summer School on Satellite Observations and Climate Models.

Each year, JPL’s Center for Climate Sciences (CCS), along with co-sponsors, the Keck Institute for Space Studies (KISS) at Caltech and NASA’s Earth Science Division, brings together the next generation of climate scientists to engage with premier climate scientists from NASA, universities and other agencies. Applications are now being accepted through 2 April 2018, from science and engineering graduate students and postdocs, to fill approximately 24 slots. The 2018 Summer School will be held 27-31 August 2017 at the KISS facility at Caltech in Pasadena, California.

Information about the school, as well as a link to apply, can be found at All student travel, accommodation, and per diem expenses will be paid.

GDAP Publishes Water Vapor Assessment

The preliminary report on the GEWEX Data and Assessments Panel (GDAP)’s Water Vapor Assessment has been published by the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP). GDAP created the GEWEX Water Vapor Assessment (G-VAP), which quantifies the current state of the art in water vapor products being constructed for climate applications and supports GDAP’s selection process of suitable water vapor products for its production of globally consistent water and energy cycle products. The assessment serves as baseline guidance to judge the fitness for purpose of data records, particularly in terms of accuracy and stability. Within G-VAP all three products defined by GCOS to present the Essential Climate Variable water vapor were considered, namely upper tropospheric humidity (UTH), specific humidity (q), and temperature profiles (T), as well as total column water vapour (TCWV). The G-VAP report provides an overview of available satellite sensors and their general advantages and limitations as well as a data record inventory covering all available records of more than 10 years of temporal coverage.

Latest Issue of GEWEX News Now Available

Inside the issue:
  • William B. Rossow Symposium highlights scientist’s exceptional career
  • CHRS RainSphere brings precipitation data and information to the public
  • Joint GEWEX-iLEAPS conference session examines human influence on the water cycle
  • Workshop examines development, validation, and application of global satellite soil moisture data
  • Outcomes of the annual GEWEX Data and Assessments (GDAP) and the GEWEX Hydroclimatology Panel (GHP) meetings
  • Hydrology Section Student Subcommittee activities during Fall AGU Meeting
  • Joint YESS-YHS Early Career Researcher Workshop 2018 prior to GEWEX Science Conference

Call For Volunteer Chapter Scientists: IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL) 

Application Deadline: 17 December 2017

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is in the process of developing a Special Report on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL), which is scheduled for completion in August 2019. More information about the report can be found at:

IPCC Working Group III (Mitigation), which is managing the production of the report, is seeking highly motivated individuals to act as volunteer chapter scientists to support author teams with technical aspects of chapter development. This may include fact checking, reference checking, confirming the completeness of responses to reviewer comments, and assisting with figures and tables. The positions will provide volunteers with the opportunity to get involved in the IPCC process and to help ensure the quality and robustness of an important IPCC product.

2nd Pan-GASS Meeting: Understanding and Modeling Atmospheric Processes (UMAP)

Dates: 26 Feb-2 March 2018
Location: Lorne, near Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The UMAP 2018 meeting aims to bring together NWP and climate scientists, observationalists, and modelers to discuss the key issues of atmospheric science. The program will include all aspects and methods of model development from deterministic numerics to stochastic forcing; process modeling to parametrization; observational constraints to diagnostic techniques; and idealized modeling to operational forecasting and climate predictions.

In addition to plenary and poster sessions, the meeting will also include breakout sessions to discuss new ideas and projects related to modeling the atmosphere. This will provide the opportunity for members of the community to propose common activities (e.g., intercomparisons, dedicated diagnostics, observational campaigns) that can be organised under the GASS umbrella.

Call for Papers for “Hydrology delivers Earth System Sciences to Society (HESSS4): Improving and Integrating Knowledge across Disciplines on Global Energy, Water and Carbon Cycles”

Extended Submission Deadline: 31 December 2017

Across various disciplines, a number of community-wide initiatives (such as CMIP, GSWP, ISIMIP, HAPPI, ILAMB, etc.) have developed to synthesize and advance knowledge of climate change impacts, land surface processes, and global energy, water and biogeochemical cycles. The 4th international conference of Hydrology delivers Earth System Sciences to Society (HESSS4) provided a forum to strengthen synergies between research communities of climate modeling, monitoring, and impact assessment and to discuss how to deliver scientific achievements to our society. Here, we call for papers for a special collection to compile those interdisciplinary works introduced in HESSS4 and extended to the associated communities. Contribution are not limited to conference participants. More

Postdoctoral Researcher Position on Drought Predictability

The State University of New York (SUNY) University at Albany’s Atmospheric Sciences Research Center invites applications for a postdoctoral researcher (PDRA) position on drought predictability in the southern Great Plains. The selected candidate will lead coupled regional modeling experiments using the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model as part of an interdisciplinary team of hydrologists and meteorologists.

For additional details and to apply for this position, please visit the SUNY Research Foundation announcement R17-28. Queries related to this position may be directed to Dr. Craig Ferguson (

The International Soil Modeling Consortium (ISMC) CROSS panel is searching for participants from the GEWEX community. The CROSS scientific panel develops and evaluates interdisciplinary concepts where healthy soil function plays a crucial role through collaboration with several scientific disciplines, bridging environmental science and socio-cultural approaches. CROSS aims to impact both science and society by innovation through its focus on soil science and its applicability to other fields. CROSS aims to realize this by: 1) acting as an exchange platform with other international panels like AGMIP and GEWEX-SoilWat; 2) defining a common vocabulary between scientific (sub)disciplines in order to develop exchange protocols; 3) establishing the conceptual bases needed to promote exchanges with other disciplines (climate research, hydrology, biology, and geology and the socio-economic sciences); 4) publishing papers in journals relevant to stress the importance of soil modeling for tackling key issues; 5) setting up multi-disciplinary working teams in grant proposals, such as H2020; and 6) advertising the existence of this panel at international meetings. If the CROSS panel and its aims appeal to you and you would like to participate, please email and/or

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