MedCLIVARMedCLIVAR (*) serves as a scientific network to promote better communication among different scientific disciplines and to develop a multidisciplinary vision of the evolution of the Mediterranean climate through studies that integrate atmospheric, marine, and terrestrial climate components at time scales ranging from paleoreconstructions to future climate scenarios. The program deals with scientific issues including past climate variability; connections between the Mediterranean and global climate; Mediterranean Sea circulation and sea level; feedbacks on the global climate system; regional responses to greenhouse gases, air pollution, and aerosols, as well as regional impacts of climate change.

MedCLIVAR has contributed to scientific progress, new scientific synthesis, the education of a new generation of scientists, and the promotion of awareness of the interdisciplinary nature of regional climate change. To ensure future progress, MedCLIVAR aims to continue acting as a neutral forum in which analysis and prioritization of scientific issues are achieved through open discussion and cooperation is strongly promoted.

(*) Lionello, P., Gacic, M., Gomis, D., Garcia-Herrera, R., Giorgi, F., Planton, S., Trigo, R., Theocharis A.,Tsimplis M.N. , Ulbrich U., Xoplaki, E. (2012) Program focuses on climate of the Mediterranean region Eos Trans. AGU 93:105-106.

kschroeder sKatrin Schroeder is Researcher at the Marine Science Institute of the Italian National Research Council (CNR-ISMAR). Her major research interests are experimental studies in physical oceanography, mainly of the deep waters in the Mediterranean Sea. In particular, her research is focused on: dynamic processes influencing the water mass characteristics and distribution; interannual variability of the physical and biogeochemical properties of Mediterranean water masses; mass, salt, heat and nutrient exchanges through the channels of Sicily and Corsica, the driving force of the Mediterranean circulation. During the Conference she has been awarded “for her important contribution to the understanding of the physical oceanography of the western Mediterranean, her leading role in the second MedCLIVAR book and active contribution to the MedCLIVAR activities”.