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.

dbarriopedro sDavid Barriopedro is a researcher at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, where he obtained his PhD in Atmospheric Sciences in 2007. He was hired as a researcher by the Centro de Geofísica da Universidade de Lisboa (CGUL-IDL) from 2008 to 2011. His main research line is extratropical climate variability, with special emphasis on those atmospheric circulation systems with high impact on temperature and precipitation. His scientific interests also include the analysis of extreme episodes (heat waves and droughts) in the Mediterranean region and the climate of the past. He has published 33 papers in international peer-reviewed journals, including a Science paper. He was awarded for “his important contribution to the understanding of heat waves and blocking dynamics in the Mediterranean region, his contribution to the second MedCLIVAR book and active participation to MedCLIVAR activities” during the MedCLIVAR conference 2012 held in Madrid.