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WCRP News

Peter H. Lauritzen awarded WCRP/WWRP International Prize for Model Development 2014 18.12.2014

Lauritzen award winner

We are pleased to announce that Peter H. Lauritzen from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Boulder, USA, has been awarded the WCRP/WWRP International Prize for Model Development 2014. The Prize Committee, consisting of representatives from WCRP, WWRP and WGNE was greatly impressed by his strong profile and the high quality of his contribution... read more

Future Earth Strategic Research Agenda Published 16.12.2014

FE Strategic Research Agenda 2014

Emerged from an open consultation process the document presents a framework for global change and sustainability agenda-setting for researchers and funders and identifies key priorities for the next 3-5 years. The strategic research agenda 2014 advocates a set of research priorities as well as a novel way of doing research which includes a strong emphasis on full integration among scientific disciplines... read more

The Climate Symposium 2014: Round-up 10.12.2014

Climate Symposium 2014

In the wake of the Climate Symposium 2014, which united international experts in climate observations, research, analysis and modelling, Ghassem Asrar, former Director of WCRP and Alain Ratier, EUMETSAT Director General, share their highlights of the events in a recent article published in International Innovation. They both agree that the speakers and presenters at the symposium contributed significantly to its overall success... read the article

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Science Highlights

WMO Explains El Nino / Southern Oscillation 16.12.2014

El Nino

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) issues regular El Nino / La Nina updates based on observational monitoring of the current situation, seasonal predictions through climate model simulations and input from top international experts. This publication, however, aims to explain the phenomenon in its typical manifestation from the physical mechanism to the global impacts including socioeconomic implications. Reliable forecast of El Nino / Southern Oscillation are a good example of a climate service that helps communities to reduce vulnerability and adapt... read the brochure

The Climatedogs: Alias the Drivers that Influence the Australian Climate 25.11.2014

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The Australian Department of Environment and Industry produced several animations for informing farms and food managers on the global climate processes that influence the local wet and dry seasons variability. These animations won the international prize for raising public awareness and trust in science... watch the short movies

African Climate Predictions Reliability Study 25.11.2014

A recent study published in Environmental Research Letters investigates the reliability of seasonal to multi-decadal climate simulations of the wet seasons of several key African regions. The group of researchers affiliated at the Met Office Hadley Centre found that reliability varies across regions and seasons and that simulations of precipitations are universally less reliable than simulations of temperature... read the article

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WMO Global Framework for Climate Services

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Future Earth Research for Global Sustainability

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IOC Framework for Ocean Observing

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