The WCRP was established
over 30 years ago (in 1980), under the joint sponsorship of the International Council for
Science (ICSU) and the World Meteorological
Organization (WMO) , and, since 1993, has also been sponsored
by the Intergovernmental
Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO.
The main objectives, set for the WCRP at its inception and still
valid today, are to determine the predictability of climate and
to determine the effect of human activities on climate.
Since 1980, the WCRP has made enormous contributions to advancing
climate science (25th Anniversary
Brochure). As a result of WCRP efforts, it is now possible for
climate scientists to monitor, simulate and project global climate
with unprecedented accuracy so that climate information can be used
for governance, in decision-making and in support of a wide range
of practical end-user applications.
In 2005, after 25 years of serving science and society, the WCRP,
in collaboration with the broader scientific community, developed
and launched the WCRP
Strategy Framework 2005-2015. Implementing this strategy will
ensure that WCRP continues to work efficiently and effectively towards
strengthening our knowledge and increasing our capabilities with
regard to climate variability and change.