WCRP Grand Challenges

We are pleased to share with you the latest draft of the WCRP Grand Science Challenges that have emerged as a result of deliberations of the WCRP Joint Scientific Committee (JSC and based on a series of consultation with WCRP sponsors, stakeholders and affiliate network of scientists during past several years. They represent major areas of scientific research, modelling, analysis and observations for WCRP and its affiliate Projects in the ensuing decade. The WCRP intends to promote these Grand Science Challenges through community organized workshops, conferences and strategic planning meetings to identify high priority and exciting research that require international partnership and coordination, and that yield “actionable information” for decision makers.

We envision that these Grand Science Challenges will evolve with time, but they will continue to:

  • be both highly specific and highly focused identifying a specific barrier preventing progress in a critical area of climate science
  • enable the development of targeted research efforts with the likelihood of significant progress over 5-10 years, even if its ultimate success is uncertain
  • enable the implementation of effective and measurable performance metrics
  • be transformative, a Grand Challenge should bring the best minds to the table (voluntarily), building and strengthening communities of innovators that are collaborative, perhaps also extending beyond “in-house expertise”
  • capture the public’s imagination: teams of world-leading scientists working to solve pressing challenges
  • can offer compelling storylines to capture the interest of media and the public