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CLIVARDay1Highlights from first two days of the CLIVAR Open Science Conference are now available 21.09.2016

Day 1 Highlights - Ocean Role in the Climate System

Day 2 Highlights - Climate Variability and Predictability

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SPARC eNews Bulletin out now! 19.09.2016

The latest SPARC eNews bulletin includes an open call for SPARC Scientific Steering Group membership, information on the WCRP-SPARC Workshop: Challenges for Climate Science, details of the Summer School on Atmospheric Composition and Dynamics and much, much more.

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International WCRP/IOC Conference "Regional Sea Level Changes and Coastal Impacts" 13.09.2016

10-14 July 2017

New York, NY, USA

The WCRP, jointly with the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC), invites you to an international conference on sea level research that will address the existing challenges in describing and predicting regional sea level changes, and in quantifying the intrinsic uncertainties. For more see the conference flyer.


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Science Highlights

Artboard 1Vitart2016 Fig1xThe Sub-seasonal to Seasonal Prediction (S2S) Project Database 5.9.2016

Frédéric Vitart et al. 2016

A database containing sub-seasonal to seasonal forecasts from 11 operational centres is available to the research community and will help advance our understanding of the sub-seasonal to seasonal time range. For more see the full article in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (Early Online Release) (OPEN ACCESS).

Observation and integrated Earth-system science: A roadmap for 2016–2025 31.08.2016

PIXABAYsatellite-67718 1280Adrian Simmons et al., 2016

A report in response to a request by the Committee on Space Research of the International Council for Science to prepare a roadmap on observation and integrated Earth-system science for the coming ten years. Its focus is on the combined use of observations and modelling to address the functioning, predictability and projected evolution of interacting components of the Earth system on timescales out to a century or so. For more see the full article in Advances in Space Research (Volume 57, Issue 10) (OPEN ACCESS).

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WCRP COordinated Regional Downscaling EXperiment (CORDEX): A diagnostic MIP for CMIP6 25.07.2016

Find out all about CORDEX!

CORDEX builds on a foundation of previous downscaling intercomparison projects to provide a common framework for downscaling activities around the world. Discussion paper now available in Geoscientific Model Developement Discussions (OPEN ACCESS).


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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