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The mission of the Climate Analysis Section is to increase the understanding of the atmosphere and climate system through empirical studies and diagnostic analyses of the atmosphere and its interactions with the Earth's surface and oceans on a wide range of scales with a particular goal of contributing to the building of a climate information system.
Emphasis of research is on the atmospheric and oceanic general circulations, meteorological phenomena such as tropical cyclones, global warming, the hydrological cycle, and climate variations over several time scales. Research has focused on interannual variations, such as the El Nino-Southern Oscillation and the North Atlantic Oscillation phenomena; decadal variations, such as the Pacific Decadal Oscillation; and longer-period trends, and their climate forcings. Attribution and mitigation of climate change are also topics of in-depth research.
Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water, 2012 Surface Water Prize. The prize is awarded to Dr. Trenberth and his team, which includes Dr. Aiguo Dai, for ground-breaking work that provides a powerful estimate of the effects of climate change on the global hydrological cycle, with a clear explanation of the global water budget.
CAS announces the release of the new Climate Data Guide. The Guide is an interactive website that enables researchers and students to identify and make effective use of climate data sets by providing a focal point for expert-user guidance, commentary, and questions on the strengths and limitations of selected observational datasets and their applicability to model evaluations.