Pan American Climate Studies: A Scientific Prospectus

Entry_ID: GCRIO 208 GCRIO_Inventory: 1 Entry_Title: Pan American Climate Studies: A Scientific Prospectus Document_Author: None Agency_Name: NOAA>National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Start_Date: 1995-2005
Group: Summary
Audience_Interest_Guide: Science Institutes
Audience_Interest_Guide: Research Community

The Pan American Climate Studies (PACS) program described in this
document is a United States federal program in the 1995-2004 time frame
directed toward the goal of improving the skill of operational seasonal-to-
interannual climate prediction (with emphasis on precipitation) over the
Americas. Specific scientific objectives are to promote a better understanding
and more realistic modeling of: (1) the seasonally varying mean climate of
the Americas and adjacent ocean regions, with emphasis on the North and
South American monsoons, the intertropical convergence zones, the
equatorial cold tongues, the subtropical oceanic stratus decks, and the
dominant tropical and extratropical cyclone tracks, and (2) the role of
boundary processes in forcing seasonal-to-interannual climate variability
over the Americas, with emphasis on the influence of tropical sea surface
temperature on continental precipitation, (3) the coupling between the
oceanic mixed layer and the atmospheric planetary boundary layer in the
tropical Atlantic and eastern Pacific, and (4) the processes that determine the
structure and evolution of the tropical sea-surface temperature field.
Group: Data_Center
Data_Center_Name: NOAA>National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Dataset_ID: same as Entry_Title
Group: Data_Center_Contact
Last_Name: None
First_Name: None
Email: None
Phone: (202) 482-5647
Fax: None
Group: Address
NOAA Public Affairs Office EA5
Herbert Hoover Building Room 6225
14th and Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20230
Storage_Medium: 28 pages printed matter
Parameter: Atmospheric Dynamics>Precipitation
Parameter: Atmospheric Composition>Clouds
Parameter: Ocean Dynamics>Temperature
Discipline: Physical Sciences > Climatology > Meteorology
Discipline: Physical Sciences > Earth Science > Land
Discipline: Physical Sciences > Earth Science > Ocean
Discipline: Physical Sciences > Earth Science > Atmosphere
Location: North America
Location: South America
Location: Central America
Keyword: climate studies
Keyword: ITCZ>Intertropical convergence zones
Keyword: sea surface temperature
Keyword: equatorial cold tongues
Keyword: oceans
Keyword: precipitation
Keyword: cyclones
Keyword: monsoons
Keyword: continental precipitation
Keyword: climate prediction
Keyword: climate monitoring
Keyword: modeling
Keyword: data set development
Keyword: empirical studies
Keyword: Pan-American
Keyword: Madden-Julian Oscillation
Keyword: mesoscale phenomena
Keyword: El Nino
Keyword: climate anomalies
Keyword: intraseasonal variability