In the November 2020 issue (#97) of Research*eu TiPES was featured as project of the month. Especially the recent publication by Catrin Ciemer et al 2020 Environ. Res. Lett. 15 094087 on “An early-warning indicator for Amazon droughts exclusively based on tropical Atlantic sea surface temperatures” was highlighted for its importance showing how temperatures in two coupled areas of the tropical atlantic ocean can be used to accurately predict severe droughts.