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Reviews Invited for Draft 2021 GCOS Status Report

Everyone interested is invited to take part in a public review of the draft of the 2021 Status Report on the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS). This report provides an overview of the adequacy of the observing system as a whole and considers the status of observations of each Essential Climate Variable (ECV). It covers atmospheric, oceanic, terrestrial, cryospheric, and hydrological variables. Its publication will be followed by an implementation plan in 2022 that will address gaps and new and developing needs. The deadline for comments is 2 April 2021.

Latest Issue of GEWEX Quarterly Online

The latest edition of GEWEX Quarterly is out. This special issue, coordinated by the CLIVAR/GEWEX Monsoons Panel, highlights the global challenges in monsoon research and features articles on:
  • An overview of rainfall metrics used to assess model simulations of monsoons
  • A look at the progress made in improving diurnal precipitation simulation in the global monsoon system
  • Examining the role of moisture sources in the development of the North American Monsoon and the importance of decadal-to-multidecadal variability in modulating the characteristics of the South American Monsoon
  • Investigating the mechanics involved in the past and current variability of rainfall in the West African Monsoon region, and attempting to improve future climate projections
  • Exploring the intersection between global monsoon regions and GEWEX’s Regional Hydroclimate Projects
  • Remembering Françoise Guichard

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New GEWEX-WGNE Model Comparison Study on Orographic Processes

Read about the new model comparison activity on orographic processes, operating under the framework of GEWEX’s Global Atmospheric System Studies (GASS) Panel and the Working Group on Numerical Experimentation (WGNE), at…/complex-mountains-and-their-effects…. COORDE is based on a study by Annelize van Niekerk, Irina Sandu, and Simon Vesper, and will look at the differences in orographic drag parametrizations across models. If you’d like to participate, contact Annelize van Niekerk or Irina Sandu.

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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