Climatic Importance of the Greater Agulhas System


Co-Chairs: Lisa Beal (USA) and Arne Biastoch (Germany)




Other Full Members
Meghan Cronin (USA)

Will de Ruijter (Netherlands)

Juliet Hermes (South Africa)

Francis Marsac (France)

Graham Quartly (UK)

Mike Roberts (South Africa)

Tomoki Tozuka (Japan)

Rainer Zahn (Spain)

Associate Members  
Shekeela Baker-Yeboah (USA)

Jeff Book (USA)

Tom Bornman (South Africa)

Paolo Cipollini (UK)

Ian Hall (UK)

Alan Meyer (South Africa)

Wonsun Park (Germany)

Frank Peeters (Netherlands)

Pierrick Penven (France)

Herman Ridderinkhof (Netherlands)

Jens Zinke (Australia)


Financial Sponsors: NSF, SCOR, WCRP, IAPSO

Date Approved: October 2009

Terms of Reference

  • Facilitate 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.

  • Identify key 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.


    #1: 20-21 February 2010
    Portland, Oregon, USA


    #2: 2-6 May 2011



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