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    The term “cryosphere” collectively describes elements of the Earth system containing water in its frozen state. It includes snow cover and solid precipitation, sea ice, lake and river ice, glaciers, ice caps, ice sheets, permafrost and seasonally frozen ground. Ice shelves and icebergs are included in these categories. Read More
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Prof. Tim Palmer Awarded Prestigious Dirac Medal 03.07.2014

img mid 63413Professor Tim Palmer, former co-chair of CLIVAR SSG, has been honoured in this year's Institute of Physics Awards for the development of probabilistic weather and climate prediction systems. Awarding Professor Palmer the Dirac Medal 2014, which recognises outstanding contributions in theoretical physics, is a recognition of the importance of the fields of weather and climate for all sections of society... read more

Future Earth to Get Globally Distributed Secretariat 02.07.2014

Future Earth will have a new secretariat with a unique and innovative structure that spans three continents. The preferred bidders comprises five global hubs which will function as a single entity, and are located in Canada, France, Japan, Sweden and United States. This includes a series of regional hubs, from which it is expected new regional networks will develop, these covers, Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa, Europe and Asia. The secretariat will support five core functions: coordination, communication and outreach, research enabling, capacity building, synthesis and foresight... read more

Former WCRP Director Receives AGU Ambassador Award 27.06.2014

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Dr. Ghassem Asrar, former WCRP Director, has been named a 2014 Ambassador for the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in recognition for "outstanding contributions to societal impact, service to Earth and space community, scientific leadership and promotion of talent/career pool. " The Award honors up to five outstanding scientific leaders per year... read more 


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Science Highlights

Survey on Permafrost Research Priorities 15.07.2014

permafrostCliC and the International Permafrost Association are seeking inputs from the community for identifying the top priorities in permafrost research. The process will span much of 2014 and will result in a short publication. The document shall become the benchmark against which permafrost research should be gauged starting in 2015... Click Here to the survey and background information

EOS Article on the Outcomes of the WCRP Africa Climate Conference 04.06.2014

The outcomes of the ACC 2013 are reported in an article published in EOS Transactions AGU. More than 300 participants including decision makers, representatives of reserach funding agencies, scientists from various disciplines, and pratictioners from Africa and around the world attened the event that addressed the climate related challenges and information needs in Africa. ... read the article

Outcomes from the WCRP VAMOS/CORDEX Workshop 07.05.2014


The final report and all the presentations of the WCRP VAMOS/CORDEX workshop on Latin-America and the Caribbean are now available here. The workshop was held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on 7-9 April 2014 and hosted by the Oficina Nacional de Meteorologia (ONAMET). To download the report... click here

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WMO Global Framework for Climate Services

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Future Earth Research for Global Sustainability


IOC Framework for Ocean Observing