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Originally formed around a set of lectures presented at a NATO Advanced Study Institute (ASI), this book has grown in scope and in aspiration to become organised and presented rather more as a textbook than as a standard "collection of proceedings". The lack of a unified reference textbook covering both the science of seasonal to interannual predictions and real-world uses of the forecasts was the main driver for the effort placed into writing an amalgamated introductory book, each chapter of which has been thoroughly peer reviewed. Throughout, our objective has been to present a book accessible to people from diverse disciplines, both scientific and social, interested in this intriguing and fast emerging area.
The fascination of seasonal climate forecasting, for which El Nino forecasting provides the prime basis, derives from its multi-faceted character. Not only does it pose exciting new scientific challenges for the climate community, but it is linked naturally to a great variety of key practical concerns, from security related issues, such as water resource management, food security, and disaster prediction and prevention, to health planning, agriculture management, energy supply, and tourism, to name but a few. Seasonal to interannual climate forecasts are indeed becoming a most important element in certain policy/decision making systems, not least within the contexts of sustainable development and of climate change adaptation.
Preface.- List of Contributors.- List of Participants.- Part 1. Seasonal Climate Forecasts in Context.- Chapter 1. Introduction; M. Harrison et al..- Chapter 2. Seasonal Forecasts in Decision Making; M. Harrison et al.- Part 2. The Production of Seasonal Climate Forecasts.- Chapter 3. Overview of Seasonal Forecasting; D.L. Anderson.- Chapter 4. Ocean-Atmosphere Basis for Seasonal Climate Forecasting; B. Hoskins, P. Schopf.- Chapter 5. Getting the Coupled Model Ready at the Starting Blocks; J. Tribbia, A. Troccoli.- Chapter 6. Modelling the Atmospheric, Oceanic and Coupled System; B. Hoskins et al.- Chapter 7. Statistical Modelling; S.J. Mason, O. Baddour.- Part 3. Calibration and Assessment of Seasonal Climate Forecasts.- Chapter 8. From Dynamical Model Predictions to Seasonal Climate Forecasts; S.J. Mason.- Chapter 9. An Introduction to Probability Forecasting; D.B. Stephenson.- Chapter 10. How do we know whether Seasonal Climate Forecasts are any good? S.J. Mason, D.B. .Stephenson.- Part 4. Developing Successful Application Strategies.- Chapter 11. Communicating Seasonal Forecasts; M. Harrison, J.B. Williams.- Chapter 12. Building National and Specialised Climate Services; J. Bellow et al.- Chapter 13. Water, Health and Early Warnings; Y. Abawi et al.- Part 5. The Future of Seasonal Climate Forecasting.- Chapter 14. A Way Forward for Seasonal Climate Services; M. Harrison et al.- Acronyms.- Glossary of Terms.- References.- Suggested further Reading.- Index.-