American Monsoons: progress and future plans

August 19-24, 2019

ICTP-SAIFR, São Paulo, Brazil

Auditorium of IFT-UNESP


The American monsoons are important components of the global monsoon system. A very high percentage of the annual precipitation over most of South America occurs during the summer monsoon, including subtropical regions. The economy, agriculture, water and energy resources and, consequently, the livelihoods of the great majority of South America population are heavily dependent on the summer monsoon. Also precipitation associated with the North American monsoon provides crucial water resources for Mexico, Central American countries, several island nations in the Caribbean and parts of the southwest USA. Predicting the intensity of American monsoon rainfall is not only a regional challenge, but is also relevant in the framework of a global subseasonal to seasonal forecasting system. This advanced school is fostered by the Working Group on American Monsoons, one of the regional monsoons working groups established under the coordination of the CLIVAR/GEWEX Monsoons Panel.

Topics to be covered include:

– Introduction and main features, including the life cycle of the monsoons (observational, modelling and prediction);

– Variability on diurnal, mesoscale and synoptic time scales, intraseasonal variability, subseasonal to seasonal variability (observational, modelling and prediction);

– Interannual variability, decadal/interdecadal variability, modulation of extreme events by climate variability, longer term variability and climate change (observational, modelling and prediction);

– Predictability and predictions (weather, subseasonal, seasonal and longer lead times). Statistical and modelling analysis and discussion;

– Impacts on society and challenges: future plans for observational studies, model experiments and modelling activities. Discussions on future collaborations.

The workshop intends also to show modelling studies on American Monsoons, discuss prediction and predictability, future experiments and modelling activities. Besides the scientific presentations and discussions on the above issues, there will be a section on societal impacts and future challenges, as well as discussion of collaborative work.


The activity is open to scientists and students interested in the American Monsoons and their role in the global monsoon system. There is no registration fee, but the number of participants is limited. Participants are encouraged to make a presentation. If interested, please submit a short abstract of the contribution in  the online registration form which will be available within the next few days.

As a rule, support for travel and subsistence expenses should be secured by the participants. However, limited funds are available for graduate students and early career researchers (PhD obtained within the last 5 years) who are nationals of, and working in, a developing Latin American country, subject to selection by the activity directors. Such support is available only for those who attend the entire activity. Those applying for support are requested to submit an abstract. As the activity will be conducted in English, participants should have an adequate knowledge of that language.


Confirmed Speakers:

  • Marcelo Barreiro (Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay)
  • Leila M.V. Carvalho (University of California at Santa Barbara, USA)
  • Iracema F. A. Cavalcanti (CPTEC-INPE, Brazil)
  • Tereza Cavazos (Centro de Investigacion Cientifica y de Educacion Superior de
    Ensenada (CICESE), Mexico)
  • Pedro L. da Silva Dias (University of São Paulo, Brazil)
  • Francina Dominguez (University of Illinois at Urbana, USA)
  • Rong Fu (University of Texas at Austin, USA)
  • Manoel A. Gan (CPTEC/INPE, Brazil)
  • Alice M. Grimm (UFPR, Brazil)
  • Cecilia Hidalgo (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina)
  • Fred Kucharski (ICTP-Trieste, Italy)


  • Alice M. Grimm (UFPR, Brazil)
  • Iracema F. A. Cavalcanti (CPTEC-INPE, Brazil)
  • Manoel A. Gan (CPTEC/INPE, Brazil)
  • Fred Kucharski (ICTP-Trieste, Italy)


The program will be available in the beginning of August, 2019

Additional Information

Poster presentation: Participants who are presenting a poster MUST BRING A BANNER PRINTED. The banner size should be at most 1,5m x 1m. We do not accept A4 or A3 paper. Click here to see what a banner looks like:

Visa information: Nationals from several countries in Latin America and Europe are exempt from tourist visa. Nationals from Australia, Canada, Japan and USA can apply for an e-visa through VSF Global. Please check here which nationals need a tourist visa to enter Brazil.

Hotel recommendation: Participants and Speakers whose accommodation will be provided by the institute will stay at The Universe Flat.

How to reach the Institute: The workshop will be held at ICTP South American Institute, located at IFT-UNESP, which is across the street from a major bus and subway terminal (Terminal Barra Funda). The address which is closer to the entrance of the IFT-UNESP building is R. Jornalista Aloysio Biondi, 120 – Barra Funda, São Paulo. The easiest way to reach us is by subway or bus, please find instructions here.

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