The WCRP Data Advisory Council (WDAC)
The Mission of WDAC is to act as a single entry point for all WCRP data, information, and observation activities with its sister programmes, and to coordinate their high-level aspects across the WCRP, ensuring cooperation with main WCRP partners such as GCOS and other observing programmes.
The Joint Scientific Committee of WCRP, at its extraordinary JSC 2011 meeting in October 2011 in Boulder,
United States of America, confirmed the establishment of a WCRP Data Advisory Council to strengthen
the coordination and synergies between the various observational and data analysis efforts across the
program. This new Council will embrace the former WCRP Observations and Assimilation Panel (WOAP)
as one of its major mandates.
The establishment of the Data Council is the result of a long preparatory process which has considered
evaluations and findings from a number of groups and events including the OceanObs’09 Conference,
the Framework for Ocean Observing, the ICSU Visioning Process and the Belmont Forum and the
subsequent creation of the Earth System Sustainability Initiative, the World Climate Conference-3 and
the subsequent establishment of the Global Framework for Climate Services, and the recent WCRP
Open Science Conference focusing on “Climate Research in Service to Society”, and calling for
‘actionable science’ and closer connection with decision makers.