SCOR/WCRP/IAPSO WG 136 on
Climatic Importance of the Greater Agulhas System
Other Full Members
Meghan Cronin (USA)
Hermes (South Africa)
Johann Lutjeharms (South
Graham Quartly (UK)
Roberts (South Africa)
Tomoki Tozuka (Japan)
Rainer Zahn (Spain)
Shekeela Baker-Yeboah (USA)
Bornman (South Africa)
Financial Sponsors: NSF, SCOR,
Date Approved: October 2009
Terms of Reference
collaboration between existing and planned (observational and modeling)
studies in the greater Agulhas Current system, such that we minimize the
gaps in the research, maximize the scientific outcome, and encourage
estimates on the robustness of key findings (e.g. multiple model ensembles).
Write a review paper
(for publication in a peer-reviewed journal) that highlights the importance
of the greater Agulhas system in terms of global climate, reviewing the
current levels of both understanding and uncertainty as to how changes in
the system come about, how they effect climate, and vice versa.
components of the circulation which deserve further study through physical/palaeo
observations and/or models, some of which may act as indices/proxies
(through sustained observation) that can help describe the state of the
Agulhas system on decadal to climate time scales. Communicate these findings
to regional and international strategic planning committees, such as CLIVAR,
GOOS, GEOSS, GO-SHIP etc.
Write a proposal
for, and organize, a Chapman Conference on the “Climatic Importance of the
Greater Agulhas System”, to be held in 2012.
20-21 February 2010
#2: 2-6 May 2011
Questions or Comments?
Please contact SCOR.