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NOAA's 33rd Climate Diagnostics and Prediction Workshop/CLIVAR Drought Workshop (CDPW)
will be held from
October 20-24, 2008 in Lincoln, Nebraska

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33rd CDPW Extended Summaries Collection

NOAA's 33rd Climate Diagnostics and Prediction Workshop/CLIVAR Drought Workshop (CDPW) will be held in Lincoln, NE, on 20-24 October 2008. The workshop will be hosted by the National Drought Mitigation Center, University of Nebraska, Lincoln; and co-sponsored by the Climate Prediction Center (CPC) of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction / NOAA and the U.S. Climate Variability and Predictability (US CLIVAR) Program. The AMS is a cooperating sponsor.

The workshop will focus on the status and prospects for advancing climate monitoring, assessment and prediction, with major emphasis on drought. This includes three major themes: (i) improving climate predictions / predictability, (ii) understanding and attribution of drought and its impacts, and (iii) incorporating climate predictions / projections in the development and delivery of drought products. Note that in a departure from past years, the 2008 CDPW will address drought across multiple time scales (weekly through decadal to centennial and longer) and for multiple regions (North America, South America, Africa, Asia, etc.). Thus, papers that assess the role of ocean, land, and seasonal cycle in multi-year droughts as evidenced in coupled models (especially from IPCC CMIP-3 runs) to complement DRiCOMP and US CLIVAR drought working group research results, and that link drought research and societal needs (e.g. the NIDIS program) are strongly encouraged. The results from DRiCOMP investigations and the US CLIVAR Drought Working Group will also be presented and discussed.

The Workshop will feature focused oral sessions with a mix of invited and submitted presentations, thematic poster sessions (including an evening reception), and a drought Town Hall discussion. The majority of contributed papers will be presented in poster sessions. The primary focus areas for the workshop will include:

  1. A review of recent climate conditions and forecasts for week-2 to seasonal time scales.
  2. A review of prediction practices, predictability, and forecast verification assessments for time scales from week-2 to seasonal, and for lead times from zero to 12 months.
  3. Status and prospects for improvements in observing, monitoring and simulating drought.
  4. Advances in understanding and predicting present and future droughts, including the contributions of natural and human-induced forcings.
  5. Drought impacts, products and meeting societal needs.

The outcome of this year’s workshop will be an assessment of our current understanding and ability to predict drought, including identifying opportunities for advances, and exploring new products to support regional decision making.

To submit an abstract, please go to the webpage:

Please select a session and fill the form on the web. If you have problem to do so, please send the required information on the web form as an attachment via email to

The abstract deadline is AUGUST 4, 2008.

Students and young investigators (those who have earned their PhD after April 2005) who want an opportunity to present their research findings at the CDPW/CLIVAR Drought Workshop, but have no travel resources, are encouraged to apply for Travel Assistance Funds provided by the workshop sponsoring agencies and organizations. Travel grants of up to $1000 (for qualified travel expenses such as airfare, hotel accommodations, and per-diem) will be awarded to qualified applicants based on their academic/research record and submitted poster abstract. Applicants should send a letter of application explaining their interest in the Workshop, a curriculum vitae, and a copy of their poster abstract (applicants should also submit their abstracts on the Workshop web page). Student applicants must also arrange for a faculty member to send a letter attesting to the student's enrollment status. All letters of applications should include applicant's contact information, including mailing address, phone, and e-mail address.

Application materials are due no later than midnight August 4, 2008 (email preferred):

U.S. Climate Variability and Predictability (CLIVAR) Office
1717 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Suite 250
Washington DC 20006

Decisions on Travel Funds will be communicated to applicants by September 1, 2008.

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