Climate Acronym List

Climate Science Acronyms and web addresses:

AAAS American Academy of Arts and Sciences
AAS American Astronomical Society
AASC American Association of State Climatologists
AC Arctic Council
ACIA Arctic Climate Impact Assessment
ACRIM Active Cavity Radiometer Irradiance Monitor
AGU American Geophysical Union
AIRS Atmospheric InfraRed Sounder
AMB Australian Meteorological Bureau
AMS American Meteorological Society
AR4 IPCC Working Group 1: The Physical Basis of Climate Change
CCSP Climate Change Science Program
CDIAC Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center
CERN Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire
CIRES Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences
CLIVAR Climate Variability and Predictability Experiment
CLOUD Cosmics Leaving OUtdoor Droplets
CPC Climate Prediction Center
ECMWF European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts
EUMETSAT European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites
GAW Global Atmosphere Watch
GCOS Global Climate Observing System
GECC UK Global Environmental Change Committee
GHCN Global Historical Climate Network (GHCN) Monthly Data
GISS Goddard Institute for Space Studies
GFDL Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory
GFSC Goddard Space Flight Center
GHCC Global Hydrology & Climate Center
GODAE Global Ocean Data Assimilation Experiment
GOOS Global Ocean Observing System
GOS Global Observing System
GTOS Global Terrestrial Observing System
IASC International Arctic Science Committee
ICECAP International Climate and Environmental Change Assessment Project
ICSU International Council for Science
IOC Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission
IPCC Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
LAADS Level 1 and Atmosphere Archive and Distribution System
MBL Marine Biological Laboratory (aka Woods Hole)
METHC Met Office Hadley Centre
NAMMA NASA African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analyses
NAS National Academy of Sciences
NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NCAR National Center for Atmospheric Research
NCDC National Climatic Data Center
NCEP National Centers for Environmental Prediction
NHC National Hurricane Center
NSF National Science Foundation
NSIDC National Snow and Ice Data Center
NOAA National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
NRC National Research Council
NRCS Natural Resources Conservation Service
NWS National Weather Service
PMOD Physikalisch-Meteorologisches Observatorium Davos/World Radiation Center
RMetS Royal Meteorological Society
RSS Remote Sensing Systems
SAR Second Assessment Report IPCC 1995
SPPI Science and Public Policy Institute
TAR Third Assessment Report IPCC 2001
TRMM Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission
UAH University of Alabama in Huntsville, Atmospheric Science Department
UCAR University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
USGCRP US Global Change Research Program
USHCN United States Historical Climatology Network
UNEP United Nations Environment Programme
UW University of Washington Department of Atmospheric Sciences
WCRP World Climate Research Programme
WGMS World Glacier Monitoring Service
WMO World Meteorological Organisation
ONI Office of Naval Intelligence

Climate Science Abbreviations

AAC Antarctic Convergence
AAIW Antarctic Intermediate Water
AAM Atmospheric Angular Momentum
AAO Antarctic Oscillation
ACE Accumulated Cyclone Energy
ACIA Arctic Climate Impact Assessment
ACR Active Cavity Radiometer
ADRF Aerosol Direct Radiative Forcing
AEW African Easterly Waves
AGHG Anthropogenic Greenhouse Gas
AIRF Aerosol Indirect Radiative Forcing
AMO Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation
AMSR Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer
AMSU Atmospheric Microwave Sounding Unit
AO Arctic Oscillation (aka NAM)
AOD Aerosol Optical Depth
AOGCM Atmosphere-Ocean General Circulation Model
ARF Aerosol Radiative Forcing
ARIMA AutoRegressive Integrated Moving Average

BC Black Carbon
BT Brightness Temperature

CAPE Convective Available Potential Energy
CAS Climate Analysis System
CDW Circumpolar Deep Water
CIR Co-rotating Interaction Region (Solar)
CCN Cloud Condensation Nuclei
CINE Convection Inhibition Energyterminus United States
COT Cloud Optical Thickness
CRE Cloud Radiative Effect
CRF Cosmic Ray Flux
CRII Cosmic Ray Induced Ionisation

DEAD Dust Entrainment and Deposition
DIC Dissolved Inorganic Carbon
DLF Downward Longwave Flux
DMSP Defense Meteorological Satellite Program
DTR Diurnal Temperature Range
DVI Dust Veil Index
DWBC Deep Western Boundary Current

ELE Extinction Level Event
ENSO El Nino Southern Oscillation
EOF Empirical Othogonal Function
EOS Earth Observing System
ERBE The Earth Radiation Budget Experiment

FACE Free Air Carbon Enrichment
FAR First Assessment Report IPCC 1990
FEM Field-dynamical Earth Model
FTE Flux Transfer Event

GCM General Circulation Model
GCM Global Circulation Model
GCM Global Climate Model
GCR Galactic Cosmic Ray
GHG Greenhouse Gas
GIA Glacial Isostatic Adjustment
GMF Geomagnetic Field
GMST Global Mean Surface Temperature
GOSTA Global Ocean Surface Temperature Atlas
GRL Geophysical Research Letters
GW Global Warming

HCS Heliospheric Current Sheet
hPa Hectopascal, a unit used worldwide for air pressure equal to 1 cmH2O pressure

ICM Isopycnic Coordinate Model
IERS The International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service
IGY International Geophysical Year
IKE Integrated Kinetic Energy
IMF Interplanetary Magnetic Field
IOD Indian Ocean Dipole
IR Infra Red
IRD Ice-Rafted Debris
ISO IntraSeasonal Oscillations
ITCZ Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone

LACC Low Altitude Cloud Cover
LCC Land-Cover Change
LCL Lifting Condensation Level
LFC Level of Free Convection
LFO Low-Frequency Oscillation
LGM Last Glacial Maximum
LI  Lifted Index
LIA Little Ice Age
LNB Level of Neutral Bouyancy
LOD Length of Day
LOR Outgoing Long Wave Radiation
LTE Local Thermal Equilibrium
LTS Lower-Tropospheric Stability
LUC Land-Use Change
LW  LongWave
LWC Liquid Water Content

MAGICC Model for the Assessment of Greenhouse gas Induced Climate Change
MAT Marine Air Temperature
MDV Multi-Decadal Variability
MEI Multivariate ENSO Index
MJO Madden-Julian Oscillation
MOC Meridional Overturning Circulation (Thermo-Haline Circulation)
MODIS Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer
MPA Mobile Polar Anticyclone
MPI Maximum Potential Intensity
MSD Mean Square Differences
MSLP Mean Sea-Level Pressure
MSU Microwave Sounding Unit
MWP Medieval Warm Period

NAD North Atlantic Drift
NADW North Atlantic Deep Water
NARR North American Regional Reanalysis
NAM Northern Annular Mode (aka AO)
NAO North Atlantic Oscillation
NATL North Atlantic Tropical Latitude
NH Northern Hemisphere
NHS Northern Hemisphere Summer
NHW Northern Hemisphere Winter
NPO North Pacific Oscillation
NRF Non-Resonant Frequency
NUV Near Ultra Violet
NWI New Water Impoundments
NWP Numerical Weather Prediction

OHC Ocean Heat Content
OLR Outflowing Long Wave Radiation
OMR Observation Minus Reanalysis
ONI Oceanic Niño Index
OPAC Optical Properties of Aerosol and Cloud
OSISAF Ocean and Sea Ice Satellite Application Facility
OST Ocean Surface Topography
OWI Ocean Winds Imaging

PBS Peripheral Bulge Subsidence (The opposite of PGR)
PDF Probability Distribution Function
PDO Pacific Decadal Oscillation
PDI Palmer Drought Index (of Moisture)
PDI Power Dissipation Index (of Hurricanes)
PGR Post Glacial Rebound
POD Period of Data

QBO Quasi-Biennial zonal wind Oscillation

RCM Regional Climate Model

SAO Semi-Annual Oscillation
SAR Synthetic Aperture Radar
SAT Surface Air Temperature
SBC Sector Boundary Crossing
SCENGEN (Regional climate) SCENario GENerator
SH Southern Hemisphere
SHAP Station History Adjustment Program
SHS Southern Hemisphere Summer
SHW Southern Hemisphere Winter
SLP Sea Level Pressure
SOI Southern Oscillation Index
SRB Surface Radiation Budget
SRES Special Report on Emissions Scenarios
SSM/I Special Sensor Microwave/Imager
SST Sea Surface Temperature
SSTA Sea Surface Temperature Anomaly
SSW Sudden Stratospheric Warming
STP Standard Temperature and Pressure
STS Sub Tropical Storms
SW ShortWave

TAR IPCC Third Assessment Report
TEF Total Energy Flux
TC Tropical Cyclone
THC Thermo-Haline Circulation (Meridional Overturning Circulation)
TCHP Tropical Cyclone Heat Potential
TLT Tropical Lower Troposphere
TOA Top of Atmosphere
TOBS Time of Observation (Bias)
TSI Total Solar Irradiance

UHI Urban Heat Island
UNWMO United Nations World Meteorological Organization
USHCN US Historical Climate Network

VAI Vorticity Area Index
VAMOS Variability of the American Monsoon Systems
VEI Volcanic Explosivity Index
VOCALS  Variability of Ocean Cloud Atmosphere Land Study

WAIS West Antarctic Ice Sheet

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