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    The term “cryosphere” collectively describes elements of the Earth system containing water in its frozen state. It includes snow cover and solid precipitation, sea ice, lake and river ice, glaciers, ice caps, ice sheets, permafrost and seasonally frozen ground. Ice shelves and icebergs are included in these categories. Read More
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Future Directions for the World Climate Research Programme 06.08.2015

climate 2oth centuryThe worldwide climate research community has talent, dedication, and a clear sense of knowledge gaps. It needs to close those gaps and convey its messages effectively to user communities ... read the article

Water Resources Assessment & Seasonal Prediction Conference: Call for Papers 15.06.2015

20151013 bild.jpgjsessionid1411AFAA5CDB4C50E45F69F63B682EC3.live1043Scientitsts and water managers actively involved in world water balance research are invited to submit a paper for the International Conference on Water Resources Assessment and Seasonal Prediction that will take place in Koblenz, Germany, on 13-16 October 2015. This is a unique platform for exchanging views and ideas on monitoring, assessing and predicting key variables for water management. Deadline for submission: 20 June 2015 ... read more

Side Event on Climate Science and Transformation at the Paris Conference 10.06.2015

F 727c0ebd09d9401068344b776f3a4adb540da54f281dfThe International Council for Science (ICSU) is convening a special event on July 6th on the sideline of the climate science conference in Paris "Our Common Future Under Climate Change" . The leadership of ICSU-cosponsored research programme (including WCRP) is invited to debate on how science can help to support the world's transition to a low carbon future... read more

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Science Highlights

WCRP Special Issue of Weather and Climate Extremes Journal, Vol. 9 now published 20.08.2015

WCRP climate extremes journal, vol.9This highlights the work of the WCRP Grand Challenge on Climate Extremes as well as the WCRP-ICTP Summer School on Attribution and Prediction of Extreme Events and is free to download.

"Understanding our planet׳s climate – not just warmth of air near the surface but the vast complicated and interacting physical, ecological and social factors ... read more

Earth's Climate Sensitivities WCRP Workshop: Final Report 26.05.2015

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The workshop was organized under the auspices of the WCRP Grand Science Challenge on Clouds, Circulation and Climate Sensitivity. Over thirty experts from around the world gathered together for one week in Ringberg, Germany, in March 2015. The workshop produced nine recommendations, many of them focusing on specific research avenues that could be exploited to advance understanding of climate sensitivity... read the report

S2S Database Now Available 08.05.2015

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The Sub-seasonal to Seasonal Prediction Project (S2S), joint activity of the World Weather Research Program (WWRP) and WCRP) is launching an extensive database that contains sub-seasonal (up to 60 days) near-real time forecasts (3 weeks behind real-time) and reforecasts (sometimes known as hindcasts)... read more

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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