CLIVAR Open Science Conference (OSC2016): Charting the course for future climate and ocean research

18.09 - 25.09.2016  
Qingdao, China
Contact person:
CLIVAR - WCRP, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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The collective voice and expertise of the international climate community is essential in shaping the international research agenda on the coupled ocean-atmosphere system. The World Climate Research Programme’s (WCRP) Core Project on Climate and Ocean – CLIVAR - invites the international climate community to review the state of the science, to prioritize international research plans and to initiate new collaborations. In September 2016 CLIVAR will hold an Open Science Conference to engage the wider collection of scientists who work in this important area.

The objectives of the CLIVAR Open Science Conference are to

- Review progress toward improved understanding of the dynamics, the interaction, and the predictability of the coupled ocean-atmosphere system
- Shape ideas to meet emerging ocean and climate science challenges
- Engage with the future generation of climate scientists
- Identify key climate research and stakeholder issues
- Develop and strengthen collaborations across nations, disciplines and age groups and promote integrative studies

In addition to the main event, the conference will have two other events which will target specific audiences:

1. The CLIVAR Early Career Scientists Symposium, a three-day program prior to and after the main conference, designed by and for early career scientists.

2. The Regional Stakeholder Forum, a one day event bringing together CLIVAR scientists and practitioners who have an interest in climate science to exchange ideas, outline requirements and discuss future collaborations with a particular focus on the Asia-Pacific region.


18 Sept: Early Career Scientists Symposium
18 Sept: Stakeholder Forum
19-23 Sept: Open Science Conference
24-25 Sept: continuation of the Early Career Scientists Symposium

Daily themes

The Ocean’s Role in the Climate System
Climate Variability and Predictability
Understanding Ocean Processes
The Changing Ocean in a Warmer World
Climate Information and Sustainable Development
Future of Climate and Ocean Science

Evening sessions

New Climate Science Frontiers
Building CLIVAR of the Future

Key dates

15 March 2016 – Abstract and funding application deadline
18 September 2016 – CLIVAR Early Career Scientists Symposium
18 September 2016 – Regional Stakeholder Forum
19-23 September 2016 – CLIVAR Open Science Conference
24-25 September 2016 – continuation of CLIVAR Early Career Scientists Symposium


Abstracts can be submitted via the Conference website until 15 March 2016.

Abstracts must be submitted to one of the OSC sessions; for an overview, check the programme and session descriptions. Selected contributions will be invited for oral presentation, all others as posters.

Contributors may submit up to 3 abstracts. All abstracts must be submitted in English,with a maximum of 500 words, and may include only text and symbols.

Poster clusters

In order to encourage coordination and further integration of research activities within and across WCRP, and with other climate and ocean research activities, groups are encouraged to self-organize and submit clusters of posters addressing a specific research topic. Posters in a cluster will be displayed together during the appropriate poster session.

Please send the title, name of the organizer, and a two line description, well before March 15, to Nico Caltabiano (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) at the ICPO.

If you wish to open your cluster for participation of people that you have not previously contacted to be part of the cluster, also let Nico know. We will then post information about your cluster on the Conference website with instructions that anyone interested in joining the cluster should first contact the cluster organizer.

Poster clusters can address past accomplishments but should also be forward-looking. A brief accompanying white paper can also be submitted for inclusion in the OSC program materials and to inform development of the CLIVAR implementation plan. See for further guidance.

PAGES Town Hall meeting

Town Halls are seen as a key element of the CLIVAR 2016 Open Science Conference to focus on aspects that may not be explicitly or fully covered in the main programme (e.g. regional observational efforts, modeling and/or data initiatives, services, etc.), or to develop or promote new scientific directions, projects or experiments.

PAGES will conduct a Town Hall on Tuesday between 18:00-19:00 in Hyatt Ballroom no.3.

More information:

Early-Career Scientists Symposium

The Early-Career Scientists Symposium (ECSS) is a 3-day program designed by, and for, early-career scientists. It is a unique opportunity for young scientists with outstanding research potential to interact and exchange ideas with their peers and senior scientists on what is required to better understand aspects of the climate system and address research challenges of societal relevance. An ambitious agenda is being developed to engage the ECS in the science topics addressed in the OSC, to discuss the future of international efforts to address critical science needs and to consider pressing scientific and related societal challenges.

The ECSS will include career development workshops, as well as opportunities for the participants to discuss their scientific achievements, while building lasting relationships and collaborations with colleagues from different countries.

To apply for a place at the Symposium, participants must submit an abstract as first author to the main conference, and indicate that they would like to take part in the Symposium. Those selected to attend the ECSS will be notified at the end of May 2016.

(ECS are defined as students or those researchers within 5 years of their most recent degree.)

Travel grants

Limited resources are available to support attendance of researchers from developing countries and early career scientists. Financial assistance can be requested only via the conference website on submission of an abstract. Deadline for requests is 15 March 2016. Participants requesting support will be notified of the availability of funds in May and June.

Further information

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Post-meeting material

> Climate and Ocean Science Builds for the Future
Eos meeting report, 9 June 2017