12 December 2014: The second European Climate Observations, Modelling and Services (ECOMS) newsletter has been launched. You can find it here.

10-12 December 2014: The WCRP, WWRP, GFCS and the European Commission are sponsoring the International Workshop on Polar-lower Latitudes Linkages and Their Role in Weather and Climate Prediction. The workshop is organized jointly by WWRP’s Polar Prediction Project and the Catalan Institute of Climate Sciences (IC3), and is closely linked to SPCES. The aim of the workshop is to bring together leading experts in the field to review our current knowledge of polar-lower latitude interactions, their role in weather and climate prediction and their influence in the occurrence of non-polar extremes. The workshop will also identify existing gaps in knowledge, develop recommendations on ways to narrow them down and identify priorities for polar research of benefit to weather and climate prediction in lower latitudes.

31 October 2014: The data produced by the SPECS partners is formatted in a unified way (see here for the details of the conventions) and is being made available on the Earth System Grid Federation portal. Around 80TB of monthly and daily data is planned to be published through this interface.

Once registered you can browse and download all the SPECS data. To do this, you can connect here and select the Search tab and “specs” under the “Project menu”. From there you can browse the dataset by variable, model, institute or leadtime for example. There is also a free text search bar for more advanced searches.

More detailed information about how to register to the portal and the datasets are available on the SPECS wiki.

25 October 2014: The SPECS third General Assembly took place in Toulouse on the 22-24 October. It was a joint meeting with EUPORIAS. Find more information on the events section of this website.

11th June 2014: The Multi-model decadal forecast exchange, an initiative coordinated by the Met Office.

16th April 2014: The EUPORIAS project has just launched a short, anonymous and multi-lingual survey.

The survey aims to assess user's needs with regard to seasonal to decadal climate predictions (S2DCP). The target of this survey are European organisations whose operations/activities are sensitive to weather/climate events and impacts. These include public, private, and/or third sectors organisations working in a range of sectors such as energy, water, agriculture, forestry, transport, emergency services, insurance, tourism, and health. See more of the EUPORIAS project.

Please fill in the survey and share the link with others in Europe!

27-28 March 2014: The Climate Forecasting Unit at IC3 is organizing an informal SPECS/PREFACE workshop on initial shock, drift and bias correction in global predictions. The intention is to bring climate, with special emphasis in early career, scientists together and discuss new strategies for dealing with those problems in predictability studies.