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1 Climate Prediction Applications Postdoctoral Program (CPAPP) An Experiment in Interfacing Climate and Society Lisa Goddard 1, Kelly Redmond 2, and Meg Austin 3 1 International Research Institute for Climate & Society 2 Desert Research Institute/Western Regional Climate Center 3 University Corporation for Atmospheric Research or

2 U.S. CLIVAR Prediction, Predictability & Applications Interface Panel (PPAI) Our mission is to foster improved practices in the provision, validation, and uses of climate information and forecasts through coordinated participation within U.S. and international climate science and applications communities.

3 operational Potential predictability Research forecasts Potential gains in seasonal forecast skill that might be realized by transitioning research forecasts methodologies into operational forecasts. Also shown is potential predictability, approximating an upper limit to skill. Goal 1: Further fundamental understanding of climate predictability at seasonal to centennial time scales

4 OBSERVED Rainfall ( )MODEL SIMULATED Rainfall Seager et al 2005 Goal 2: Improve provision of climate forecast information, particularly with respect to drought and other extreme events In some mid-latitudes regions drought appears to be related to La Niña-like conditions. (Seager et al., 2005, Schubert et al. 2004, Barlow et al. 2002, Cole et al. 2002) Regions of Mid-latitude Drought Related to La Niña Note: 5 month lag between max. Nino 3.4 SSTA and extent peaks Spatial Extent of Tropical Drought Correlated with El Niño (B. Lyon, 2004, GRL)

5 Goal 3: Foster research and development of prediction systems for climate impacts on ecosystems Link between low-frequency climate variability and ecosystems Gulf of Alaska – climate change and major shifts in marine ecosystems Botsford et al 1997, Science Anderson and Piat 2000, Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. Hare and Mantua, 2000, Prog. Oceanogr. The main EOFs here represent a collection of several dozen biological and physical variables in the North Pacific. A regime shift is evident in the mid to late 1970s.

6 Goal 4: Enable use of CLIVAR science for improved decision support Process Studies/ Understanding Earth System Modeling Climate Prediction Climate-Related Risk Management & Decision Making Transforming knowledge into solutions The needs of decision makers and risk managers inform the research priorities of the climate prediction community

7 Some novel aspects – * Bring together recent PhDs with background in climate science with real-time decision makers involved in climate risk management. * Supervision of postdoctoral fellow by BOTH decision making institution and climate research institution. * Explicit buy in by decision making institution. Remaining salary provided by national funding agencies associated with US CLIVAR. In kind contributions from climate research institution. Climate Prediction Applications Postdoc Program (CPAPP)

8 Institutional Partners – Climate Research Institutions: Involved in the development, production and application of climate information. Examples of such institutions include, but are not limited to, universities tied to the RISAs, Regional Climate Centers, and federal research facilities Decision Making Institutions: Involved in climate-related risk management and decision-making. Examples include national-, regional-, state-, or municipal-level agencies and organizations (public and non-profit) that manage or regulate natural resources or produce a public good. Climate Prediction Applications Postdoc Program (CPAPP)

9 Status – Pilot phase – 3-post-docs funded by NOAA at 50%. Rest of funding from Decision Making Institution. * January 2007 – Program prospectus finalized * August 2007 – Meeting of Oversight Committee with institutional partners to develop program announcement and solidify process. * September 2007 – Post-doc Announcement of Opportunity issued * December 2007 – Initial post-doc applications due * January 2008 – Post-doc short-list provided with institutional statements * January 2008 – Institutional Partner Announcement of Opportunity issued Climate Prediction Applications Postdoc Program (CPAPP)

10 Involvement … so far (projects to start mid-2008) Institutional Partners involved: * USBR + NOAA-ESRL: Western Water & Climate Change * Tampa Bay Water + U. Florida: Municipal Water & Climate Variability Post-doctoral interest: * 22 candidates * 7 short-listed candidates, now developing more detailed research proposals based on institutional statements of the problem. Climate Prediction Applications Postdoc Program (CPAPP)

11 CPAPP Timeline Aug 2007 Oct 2007 Dec 2007 Feb 2008 Apr 2008 Jun 2008 Aug 2008 Oct 2008 Dec 2008 : Meeting of Oversight Committee : Announcement of Opportunity : Due Date : Decisions Announced OC & Inst.Partners define themes of post-doc AO OC Panel reviews post-doc proposals OC & Inst.Partners define themes of post-doc AO Post-doc Application (08) Inst.Partner Application (09) Post-doc begins work Initial Applications due Short-listed candidates develop more specific research proposals Post-doc Application (09)

12 For more information please visit or send to Meg Austin: (Program Administrator) Lisa Goddard: (Chair of Oversight Committee) Thank You!


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