WCRP Modelling Theme
Numerical models are fundamental tools in climate research. They range from very detailed models of a particular process, through complex global and regional climate or earth system models, to more idealized climate system models. They are used in a wide variety of applications including processes studies, data assimilation and analysis, attribution, historical and paleoclimate simulation, seasonal to interannual climate prediction, future climate projections, and regional downscaling. Additionally, climate services and related information used for societal and policy purposes are largely based on the output of such models.
The recently established WCRP Modelling Advisory Council (WMAC) will coordinate high-level aspects of modeling across the WCRP, ensuring cooperation with main WCRP partners such as IGBP and WWRP, and act as a single entry point for all WCRP modeling activities.
The WMAC will work with the WCRP Data Advisory Council to promote effective use of models with observations and address aspects of modeling in data assimilation, reanalysis, Observing System Sensitivity Experiments and in paleoclimatic research.
Modelling is a core activity for WCRP. The three modeling and prediction groups:
oversee the development of various types of modeling. Every WCRP project has a set of modelling activities.