Ultimo Workshop on Sub-seasonal to Seasonal Predictability of Monsoons

Jeju, Korea, 22-24 June 2015

Alice M. Grimm, Investigator of the IAI-CRN 3035 and Professor of the Federal University of Paraná, Brazil, participated in the Workshop on Sub-seasonal to Seasonal Predictability of Monsoons, held in Jeju, Korea, 22-24 June 2015, organized by the World Weather Research Programme (WWRP) and World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) Seasonal to Subseasonal (S2S) Prediction Project. The event was jointly hosted by the National Institute of Meteorological Research of the Korea Meteorological Administration and the S2S International Coordination Office.

The main focus of the workshop was on the prediction of the onset and cessation of the monsoon, and on the prediction of active and break phases, including dry and wet spells during the monsoon season, with an emphasis on lead times of 2 to 4 weeks and on the following themes:

    (a) Prediction of the onset and cessation of the monsoon;
    (b) Prediction of high-impact weather events and dry and wet spells during the
          monsoon season;
    (c) Use of coupled ocean-atmosphere models for monsoon prediction;
    (d) Statistical prediction of the monsoons;
    (e) Prediction of monsoon impacts at local scale for applications.

The workshop covered all the monsoon regions around the world and provided a forum for researchers and forecasters to discuss recent advances and current issues covering the sub-seasonal to seasonal prediction of monsoons. The structure of the workshop was composed of invited presentations, poster session, and group discussions.

Alice M. Grimm was invited to present a 30 minutes talk, delivered on June 23rd, titled “The Madden Julian Oscillation impact on precipitation and extreme events of the South American summer monsoon”. Results shown were obtained with support from the IAI-CRN 3035. She also participated in the S2S Project Steering Group Meeting, held after the S2S Workshop.

Further details on the workshop, including the program and some of the talks (links in the program), can be found at http://s2sprediction.net/workshop/

As most of the La Plata Basin is affected by the South American Monsoon System, the issues discussed in the workshop and the objectives of the S2S Project are also of great interest to the meteorological research/forecast community in this region, as well as to the sectors affected by climate variability and high-impact weather events.