South African Society for Atmospheric Sciences
Web site of the week
NOAA Climate Change Web Portal: The Climate Change Portal is a web interface developed by the NOAA/ESRL Physical Sciences Division to access and display the immense volumes of climate and earth system model output that informed the recently released Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report (AR5)
https://www.earthsystemgrid.org/home.html The Earth System Grid Federation (ESGF) is an international collaboration with a current focus on serving the World Climate Research Programme's (WCRP) Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP) and supporting climate and environmental science in general.
AMS Glossary of Meteorology: This is the electronic version of the second edition of the Glossary with more than 12,000 terms. Along with the print version it should be the authoritative source for definitions of meteorological terms for many years to come. This include meteorology but also the physics, chemistry, and dynamics of the atmosphere and is extended to include many of the direct effects of the atmosphere upon the earth's surface, the oceans, and life in general.
The International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project (ISCCP) was established in 1982 as part of the World Climate Research Program (WCRP) to collect weather satellite radiance measurements and to analyze them to infer the global distribution of clouds, their properties, and their diurnal, seasonal and interannual variations. The resulting datasets and analysis products are being used to study the role of clouds in climate, both their effects on radiative energy exchanges and their role in the global water cycle.