TROPICS brings multiple communities together working on the tropical surface warming pattern formation mechanisms. It involves interaction between global dynamics, air-sea interaction, and radiative processes, requiring cross-discipline collaboration and communication. Therefore, the core leadership group consists of representatives from CLIVAR Climate Dynamic Panel, CLIVAR Pacific Panel, and WCRP CFMIP under the leadership of Sarah Kang, Mat Collins, Masa Watanabe, Yen-Ting Hwang, Malte Stuecker and Shayne McGregor.

A central goal is to obtain a robust understanding of the tropical Pacific SST warming pattern change, from the past to the future. This includes challenges in attribution, explanation, and projection of the pattern of surface temperature change either in response to global warming or generated internally.

See the TROPICS website for more information.