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Current Working Groups

Current and upcoming NEWS WG/Integration will be determined over the coming months.

The principal goal of the working groups is to propose and implement the development of papers that integrate various NEWS research within the working group topic. This structure allows for consistency with existing NEWS activities, (a.k.a. the NEWS Implementation Plan, the NEWS integration questions, etc.), and at the same time welcomes new PI's and build links to broader community efforts.

To these ends, we have morphed the NEWS questions into the four co-chair-led NEWS working groups that build on all the projects and the previous NEWS question-based groups.

High Pressure Cloud Patterns, Eastern U.S.

Uncertainties of Vertically Integrated Water & Energy Budget Components


  • Develop and analyze time and space varying estimates of uncertainties of vertically integrated water and energy budget components.

Supporting tasks

Global Rainfall

NEWS Synthesis: Water and Energy Cycle Variability


  • Year-to-year WEC variability
  • Structural interconnections of the variability (transports, interconnections)
  • How do WEC balances change over time(trend)?
  • How well can we close the Water & Energy budgets at yearly timescales
  • How does the uncertainty change with time.

Learning Objectives:

Storm over northern Australia

NEWS Indicator Project

The NEWS Indicators Project will develop and test a set of specialized indicators of water and energy cycle variability that include ratios, durations of phenomena, seasonal phases, and metrics of extreme events.  The hypothesis is that such indicators may be more effective than assessments of the primary fluxes in capturing water and energy cycle consequences of climate change.  This integration team needs scientists who are knowledgeable about the various data products as well as indicator and statistics experts.  The expected outcomes are identification of a set of water and energy cycle indicators that are determined to be sensitive to

Monsoon Floods Reshape Indian River

Energy and Water Cycle Budgets

Goals: characterizing and understanding the energy and water cycle budgets of specific phenomena strongly associated with extreme events.  Specifically, we proposed to investigate the Indian Monsoon, North American Monsoon, Mesoscale convective systems over the US mid-west, and selected atmospheric rivers. To be clear, we are interested in how these tie to extreme events rather than typical events.  Specific topics are the energy and water budgets, water provenance, scale interactions (large scale to small; local and remote), identification of key factors in formation, links to ocean forcing (and ideally prediction).