Mid-latitude atmospheric teleconnections
Convener: Javier Garcia-Serrano  | Co-Conveners: Yannick Peings , Paolo Davini 
 / Tue, 05 Sep, 14:45–18:00  / Gallery
 / Wed, 06 Sep, 09:45–10:45  / Gallery
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Covariability between remote regions – often named teleconnections – are at the basis of our current knowledge of a large part of Earth’s climate variations and represent an important source of weather and climate predictability. Tropospheric and stratospheric pathways have been suggested to play a role in connecting internally-generated and radiatively-forced anomalies at mid-latitudes, as well as in settling tropical-extratropical and polar-nonpolar interactions. However, the underlying processes behind these linkages are still not properly understood, misled by different metrics and diagnostics, and/or generally poorly simulated by global climate models (GCMs). A continuous assessment of these atmospheric teleconnections is thus necessary, since advances in process understanding could translate into improving climate models and predictions.

This session aims at gathering studies on both empirical and modelling approaches, dealing with a dynamical characterization of mid-latitude atmospheric teleconnections. It invites contributions using observational datasets; coupled and uncoupled (atmosphere-only) GCM simulations; pre-industrial, present, and future climate conditions; idealised sensitivity experiments; or theoretical models.

Keynote talks:

H. Douville 'Towards a better understanding of the wintertime NAO variability at interannual to multidecadal timescales'

J. Anstey 'Extratropical teleconnections of the stratospheric quasi-biennial oscillation (QBO): observations, models, and predictability'