Science Goals for Research on Seasonal to Interannual Climate Fluctuations and Related Events
- Observe and document the trends and patterns of changes in ocean temperature and circulation, ocean/atmosphere interactions, snow cover, sea ice, vegetation, and other factors that contribute to climate anomalies and related extreme events such as droughts, floods, and heat waves.
- Understand the controlling processes relevant to climate on seasonal to interannual time scales and regional to global scales, and develop predictive climate models that represent these processes.
- Forecast seasonal to interannual climate fluctuations and associated extreme events and simulate the potential economic impacts on agricultural, water resource, and other socio-economic systems.
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