Seasonal-to-Interannual Climate Prediction Program

Project Description
Program Announcement:

NOAA invites interested institutions to submit letters of
intent indicating interest in establishing a cooperative
agreement with NOAA to participate in a multinational network of
Research Centers within the proposed Seasonal to Interannual
Climate Prediction Program (SCPP). The proposal to establish an
end-to-end, multinational SCPP is based on the evolution of
existing program efforts to observe, understand, predict, and
assess the ocean and the atmosphere. The programmatic strength
of these efforts has been derived from the support of individual
federal agencies working together within the context of the
U.S. Global Change Research Program (GCRP). These interrelated
efforts provide the foundation which has enabled the research
community to provide useful predictions of climate variability
on seasonal to interannual time scales and are each a component
of a comprehensive Program. The U.S. proposes to initiate a
multinational planning process intended to lead to the
establishment of the multinational infrastructure needed to
generate and transfer useful climate information and
forecasts. This Announcement of Opportunity is intended to
result in the establishment of NOAA-designated Research Centers
to pursue the development of ENSO forecast techniques in
anticipation of the full multinational structure which will
evolve for SCPP. NOAA intends to ask one or a group of such
Centers selected through this announcement to assume specific
responsibilities for establishing a center to prepare and
disseminate regularly an experimental forecast to all interested
countries. Recognizing the value of El Nino-Southern Oscillation
(ENSO) forecasting to countries throughout the world, this
center is referred to as the International Research Institute
(IRI) in the U.S. proposal to establish a
Seasonal-to-Interannual Climate Prediction Program. This action
on the part of U.S. will represent the first step in the process
of initializing the participation of all interested countries,
and therefore NOAA wishes to emphasize that extensive
multinational consultation will be an integral part of the
process leading to a U.S. site for an International Research
Institute for SCPP. Funding for activities supported under this
announcement will be provided through the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate and Global Change
Program administered by the NOAA Office of Global Programs.

Link to the Program Announcement at

[Summary provided by NOAA]