Recent WCRP News

US National Climate Assessment Released for Comments 30.01.2013
The US National Climate Assessment Development and Advisory Committee (NCADAC) has released the Third National Climate Assessment Report for public comment. The draft report is available for download, both as a single document and by chapter. The public comment period for the report will run January 14-April 12, 2013. All comments must be submitted via the online comment tool available here.

GEC Directors Guiding Future Earth Implementation 21.01.2013
The Chairs of Scientific Committees and Directors of the four international Global Environmental Change (GEC) research programmes, DIVERSITAS, IGBP, IHDP and WCRP, meet in London, UK, on 14-15 January 2013, to discuss transition of Earth system Science Partnership onto the Future Earth: Research for Global Sustainability.  The International Council for Science and its Alliance (ICSU) of partners are supporting and guiding this transition, with active engagement of the GECs.

Welcome to WCRP New Members 12.01.2013
WCRP welcomes the new leaders and members of its International Projects’ Scientific Steering Groups, Working Groups and Panels and thanks those who are rotating off... see the complete list

Earth System Modelling Conference in September 2012 21.12.2012
In September 2012, 476 scientists from 27 countries participated in the Third International Conference on Earth System Modeling (ICESM) in Hamburg. In 67 talks and 298 posters, scientific questions related to Earth System Modeling were discussed. The conference was jointly organized by the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) and the EU-Project COMBINE.... read more

Vacancy: Future Earth Interim Director 20.12.2012
Future Earth is looking for an Interim Director to lead the programme during the transition phase to it becoming fully operational in 2014, starting as soon as possible and lasting 18 months. The closing date for applications is February 15th... read more

WCRP Science Grand Challenges 17.12.2012
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 and based on a series of consultation with WCRP sponsors, stakeholders and affiliate network of scientists during past several years... read more

Managing Director Sought for Nansen Center 12.12.2012
The Nansen Center is seeking a managing director who can scientifically lead and administratively manage the Center to meet future challenges and opportunities in responding to new local, regional to global research priorities, in close association with national and international collaborators.... read more

Food Futures: a Young Scientists Networking Event 10.12.2012
The ISSC, ICSU and the DFG are organising a networking conference in April 2013 in Villa Vigoni at Lake Como in Italy. Young scientists working on integrated science on food systems are invited to submit their proposals. Applications close on December 14th... read more

International Conference on Regional Climate - CORDEX 2013 03.12.2012
WCRP in partnership with the European Commission and IPCC is organizing an international conference on regional climate with a particular emphasis on the CORDEX initiative. The conference will take place on 4-7 November 2013 in Brussels, Belgium. Read the announcement

WMO Provisional Annual Statement on Global Climate 28.11.2012
The years 2001–2011 were all among the warmest on record, and, according to the World Meteorological Organization, the first ten months indicate that 2012 will most likely be no exception despite the cooling influence of La Niña early in the year. The statement also highlights the unprecedented melt of the Arctic sea ice and multiple weather and climate extremes which affected many parts of the world. It was released at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar, to inform negotiators... read the statement

Watch the Trailer of Journey to Planet Earth TV Series 22.11.2012
The next Journey To Planet Earth series will explore the link between extreme weather events, climate change and national security issues including the political, economic and scientific implications of Hurricane Sandy... watch the trailer

Addressing Societal Needs: WCRP at COP-18 Side Event 21.11.2012
The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) invited the Director of WCRP, Dr. G. Asrar, to speak at the UNFCCC COP-18 in Doha, Qatar, Side Event. The focus is on climate: improving knowledge and addressing societal needs... read more

Founder and Only Chair of BSRN, Dr. Dutton, Died in October 2012 06.11.2012
Dr. Ellsworth Dutton, founder and only chair of the Baseline Surface Radiation Network (BSRN), passed away on October 11, 2012. Dr. Dutton's long chairmanship of BSRN began in 1992 and he has guided the project to become the world's premier source of surface radiation observations. BSRN is  a contributing network to the the WMO Global Atmospheric Watch (GAW) Program and was designated in 2004 as the Global Baseline Surface Radiation Network of the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS)... read more

Director of NOAA Climate Programme Office Sought 05.11.2012
NOAA Research is looking for an innovative leader to serve as the Director for our Climate Program Office (CPO).  Highly qualified candidates will demonstrate a combination of strong scientific credentials and experience in leading large scientific programs and in collaborating with diverse climate stakeholders... more information 

Lisa Goddard IRI's New Director 25.10.2012
We congratulate Dr. Lisa Goddard, current member and future (from 2013) co-chair of CLIVAR SSG, for her new appointment as Director if the International Research Institute for Climate and Society. Lisa's research is at the forefront of near-term climate prediction... read more

CORDEX South-Asia Training Workshop 25.10.2012
The CORDEX training workshop that took place on 15-18 October 2012, in Pune, India, counted with over 80 participants from 11 countries from the Asia-Pacific region. A core team of worldwide experts trained the Asian researchers through hands-on activities to analyse regional model outputs, to interpret and validate of regional model simulations with historical observations ... read the article

Latest CLIVAR Newsletter on African Climate 24.10.2012
African climate research is at an exciting juncture. The last decade has seen a profound expansion of research efforts and programmes on African climate. This issue of Exchanges is given over mainly to documenting a sample of climate programmes and initiatives in Africa that are linked to the CLIVAR Africa Climate Panel interests.... download the issue

Kevin Trenberth winner of the International Prize for Water 19.10.2012
The Chair of the GEWEX Steering Committee, Kevin Trenberth, and his team have been awarded the 5th Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Surface Water Prize. "Their ground-breaking work on the effects of climate change on the global hydrological cycle will provide tremendous guidance for future planning" says the Prize Council... read more

"There is no Planet B" says K. Trenberth at Public Lecture in Sydney 16.10.2012
The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science invited Kevin Trenberth, GEWEX Chair, to give a public lecture at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Kevin Trenberth argued that climate change will manifest through weather extremes and a component of global warming is present in everything we are experiencing... read more. This week the GEWEX SSG meeting is taking place in Sydney, Australia.

DACA - 2013: Call For Abstracts 01.10.2012
The IAMAS and IACS Associations of the IUGG invite the international scientific community to their joint 2013 Assembly - the Davos Atmosphere and Cryosphere Assembly 2013, 8-12 July, Davos, Switzerland - to discuss latest developments in Air, Ice and Process Interactions... read more

The CliC SSG Meet in Innsbruck for its 8th Session 14.09.2012
The CliC Scientific Steering Group (SSG) had their annual meeting at the Research Center for Climate and Cryosphere at the University of Innsbruck in Innsbruck, Austria from 12-16 March 2012. Many issues were covered including: the importance of increased knowledge of cryosphere in helping the development of emerging climate services, the need for overall strengthening of CliC contributions to climate model development and climate prediction, and the current status of CliC IPO.... read more

Prof. Barry is the New Director of the CLIVAR IPO 03.09.2012
The World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) welcomes Prof. Roger Barry as the new director of the project CLIVAR that is hosted by the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton UK. “We are delighted to have Roger's expertise and experience serving CLIVAR and WCRP”, said Dr. Ghassem R. Asrar, the Director of World Climate Research Programme (WCRP). Prof. Barry assumed the post of CLIVAR director in September 2012.... read more

The SPARC General Assembly is shaping up 18.08.2012
SPARC is organizing a General Assembly in January 2014 in Queenstown, New Zealand. Since SPARC has recently extended its focus into the troposphere, the 2014 General Assembly will be the first time that the expanded community will meet. An important goal of this General Assembly is to ensure that SPARC continues to identify synergies between the current activities, define new activities to deliver research that meets the needs of end-users, and ensure that those activities connect to allied activities in other WCRP programmes... read more

First Session of WMAC and WDAC 17.08.2012
The first sessions of the newly formed WCRP Modeling Advisory Council (WMAC) and the WCRP Data Advisory Council (WDAC) were held on 16 July in Beijing, China, prior to the 33rd session of WCRP Joint Scientific Committee. The meetings provided an opportunity to look at the respective modeling and data efforts across WCRP and its affiliated partners... read more 

Congratulations to John Church, Newly Elected FAA 14.08.2012
Dr. John Church, former WCRP JSC chair, was recently elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science. This prestigious recognition acknowledges John's pioneering work on ocean heat uptake and sea-level rise. In addition his multidisciplinary work remains a model of the application of oceanographic information to biological fisheries issues... read more

Crossing Disciplines to Understand Climate 07.08.2012
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) takes a close look at Antonio Busalacchi, the current Chair of the WCRP Joint Scientific Committee and also AAAS member. Prof. Busalacchi, known to the scientific community as Tony, is not only a world expert in climate science but also a proficient sommelier... read more

Future Earth Launched at Rio+20 01.08.2012
The new 10-year international initiative on global environmental research for sustainability was launched at the Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro on June 14, and shortly afterward at a very well attended side event of the Rio + 20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development. Future Earth initiative is scientifically sponsored by an alliance of partners, including the International Council for Science (ICSU), the International Social Science Council (ISSC), the Belmont Forum of funding agencies, UNU, UNEP and UNESCO, with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) as observer... read more

Former JPS member Margaret Lennon-Smith dies at 52 18.07.2012
It is with the deepest sorrow that we announce the untimely death of Ms Margaret Lennon-Smith on 14 July 2012, at the age of 52 years. Margaret joined WCRP in 1998, where she quickly became a much-valued JPS staff member. She will be remembered fondly by her colleagues on the JPS, by all those she worked with in the extended WCRP family and also by the hundreds of scientists she helped get to WCRP meetings with such kindness, perseverance and good humour.... read more

News from the China-WCRP Joint Symposium 16.07.2012
The joint China-WCRP symposium that precedes the 33rd Session of the WCRP Joint Scientific Committee, was organized with the aim to explore the synergistic activities between the Chinese science community and the WCRP's goals and objectives.... read more

WMO Sub-Seasonal to Seasonal Prediction Initiative 10.07.2012
WMO through a partnership between WWRP/Thorpex and WCRP, is launching the Sub-seasonal to Seasonal Prediction Initiative with the aim to evaluate the potential predictability of sub-seasonal events, with special emphasis on high-impact weather events... read more

Maximizing the Efforts in Seasonal and Decadal Climate Prediction 28.06.2012
Despite their differences in timescale, climate processes and decisions relevance, the two prediction systems have common priorities and complementary elements. Several WCRP associated scientists argue that past, present, and future investments aimed at one timescale could benefit the other.... read more

Prof. D. Karoly Board Member of the Australian Climate Change Authority 21.06.2012
WCRP congratulates Prof. David Karoly who has been recently appointed member of the board for the Climate Change Authority in Australia by the Australian Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency. Prof. Karoly is member of the WCRP JSC since 2011 his expertises range from stratospheric ozone depletion to interannual climate variations due to El Niño-Southern Oscillation... read the media release

News from the 19th Session of CLIVAR SSG 20.06.2012
The 19th Session of the CLIVAR Scientific Steering Group (SSG-19) was held in La Paz, Mexico, between 11th and 14th June 2012. One of the main objectives for the meeting was to discuss the evolution of CLIVAR, in the context of a restructuring within WCRP... read more

Future Earth Launched at Rio+20 18.06.2012
An alliance of international partners from global science, research funding and UN bodies, launched a bold new 10-year initiative on global environmental change research for sustainability at the Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development on Thursday. Future Earth – research for global sustainability, will provide a cutting-edge platform to coordinate scientific research which is designed and produced in partnership with governments, business and, more broadly, society.... read more

Follow the ICSU Forum at Rio+20 12.06.2012
A major five-day Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development organized by ICSU just prior to the Rio+20 conference in Rio de Janeiro can be followed on Twitter @ICSUnews, Facebook ICSU page and live webcast... go to the Forum's home page for the live reporting

APN's 2012 Calls for Proposals 12.06.2012
The Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change (APN) announces the call for proposals for funding from April 2013. The proposals can be submitted under two separate programmes: the regional global change research and the scientific capacity development... more information

Awards and Recognitions to WCRP Affiliated Scientists 06.06.2012
WCRP is proud that many of its affiliated scientists get recognitions worldwide for their scientific contributions and leadership. Among those Sandrine Bony, co-chair of WGCM, received the 2012 AMS Bernhard Haurwitz Memorial Lecturer and Carolina Vera, JSC officer, received the 2012 Emilio Caimi prize. Go to the complete list with citations.

The Global Framework for Climate Services Explained by WMO Deputy Secretary General 31.05.2012
The International Innovation magazine published an exclusive interview to Jeremiah Lengoasa, Deputy Secretary General of the World Meteorological Organization. The article outline WMO's new strategy, including the proposed Global Framework of Climate Services... read more

U.S. Strategic Plan for Global Change Research 29.05.2012
The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) released the new National Global Change Research Plan 2012-2021: A Strategic Plan for the U. S. Global Change Research Program. The Plan is built around four strategic goals: Advance Science, Inform Decisions, Conduct Sustained Assessments, and Communicate and Educate. The Plan builds on the Program’s strengths in integrated observations, modeling, and information services for science that serves societal needs.... Read more

IHDP Wealth Report: Measuring Progress Toward Sustainability 21.05.2012
The International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP) announces the launch of the Inclusive Wealth Report 2012 (IWR 2012) at the Rio+20 Conference in Brazil... read more

Setting the Agency Priorities for Reanalysis 18.05.2012
The 4th WCRP International Conference on Reanalysis was held on 7-11 May 2012 in Silver Spring, Maryland USA. The conference provided the worldwide community with the opportunity to review and discuss the major observations and modeling research associated with reanalysis. There were 244 attendees from 26 countries of which 24 were students and 55 early career scientists. The conference ended with a panel discussion on "Agency Priorities: An Open Panel Discussion" with representatives from DOE, EC, ECMWF, ESA, JMA, NASA, NOAA and NSF... read more

Opening of the International Project Office in Tokyo 16.05.2012
The International Programme Office of ICSU’s new World Data System (WDS) was opened officially in Tokyo on 9 May 2012. The WDS International Programme Office will manage and coordinate the establishment and operations of the WDS, and take responsibility for outreach and promotional activities. The IPO will act under the guidance of the ICSU World Data System Scientific Committee composed of leading scientists who are actively involved with scientific data issues. The first Executive Director of WDS and Director of its IPO is Dr Mustapha Mokrane... read more

Secondment Opportunity for the Post of Director of CLIVAR IPO 09.05.2012
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a secondment with the WCRP and the UK’s National Oceanography Centre (NOC) for the position of Director of the International CLIVAR Project Office (ICPO), located at NOC’s Southampton headquarters. The secondment period will be until 31 March 2014. Closing date: 14th June 2012.... read more

Your Comments Requested on Draft PROVIA Guidance on Assessing VIA 08.05.2012
One of PROVIA (Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation) activities is the revision of guidance on assessing Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (VIA) to climate change. The first full draft of this revision is now available and the author team lead by Richard Klein (Stockholm Environment Institute) is inviting experts and no-experts to review it. Comments should be received by 30th June.

GEWEX News and CLIVAR Exchanges: not to be Missed 25.04.2012
The latest issues of the two outstanding publications CLIVAR Exchanges and GEWEX News have been recently published. GEWEX News focuses on Reanalyses and their application in climate research. This issue anticipates the upcoming 4th WCRP International Conference in Reanalyses that will be held in USA in May 2012. The latest issue of CLIVAR Exchanges provides an overview of the CLIVAR activities and projects in the four Ocean Basins.

New Director of CliC IPO 20.04.2012
The World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) welcomes Dr Jenny Baesman as the new director of the Cryosphere and Climate Project (CliC) that is hosted by the Norwegian Polar Institute in Tromso, Norway. “We are fortunate to have Jenny as a member of CliC and WCRP”, said Dr. Ghassem R. Asrar, the Director of WCRP. Dr. Baeseman assumed the post of CliC director in April 2012.... read more

Vacancy: Executive Officer of the CliC IPO 25.03.2012
The Climate and Cryosphere Project (CliC) and the Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI) invite applications for the post of Executive Officer of the CliC International Project Office. This is a permanent position with NPI in Tromso, Norway. The deadline for receiving applications is 15th April 2012.... more

The 19th Session of the SPARC SSG 15.03.2012
The 19th Session of the SPARC SSG took place at ETH (Swiss Federal Institute for Technology) Zurich on 7-10 February 2012. A highlight of the event was the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the project and the opening of the SPARC International Project Office (IPO) in Zurich. All previous co-chairs, directors of IPO, project office managers, and WCRP Joint Planning Staff liaisons to SPARC attended that celebration... read more

WCRP Workshop on CMIP5 Climate Model Analysis 14.03.2012
The workshop was convened at the International Pacific Research Center (IPRC), University of Hawaii, USA, on 5-9 March 2012, by the WCRP Working Group on Coupled Models (WGCM) to provide scientists an opportunity to present new results emerging from analysis of the multi-model data that are part of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5 (CMIP5) .... read more

Launching CORDEX South Asia 07.03.2012
WCRP/CORDEX (COordinated Regional climate Downscaling Experiment) organized a South Asia Planning Meeting at the Indian Institute of  Tropical Meteorology (IITM) in Pune, India, during 25-26 February 2012. The expert panel included international as well as national and local members. The meeting focused on the needs of regional climate information and the framework for model simulations... read more

CLIVAR Town Hall Meeting at the 2012 Ocean Sciences 29.02.2012
Martin Visbeck, CLIVAR SSG co-chair, kicked off the evening event with a brief overview of CLIVAR objectives and organization. The forum was an opportunity for the audience to comment on what a future WCRP programme that focuses on the ocean-atmosphere component of the climate system should encompass. Suggestions went beyond topics such as regional sea level, decadal predictability, ocean upwelling systems and tropical biases... read more

Congratulations to AMMA 28.02.2012
AMMA, the international interdisciplinary programme dealing with the West African Monsoon, its variability and its impacts on communities in the region has turned 10 years old. AMMA was launched in February 2002 in Niamey (Niger) with the aim to provide the African decision makers with improved assessments of rainfall changes likely to occur during the 21st century. AMMA will hold an International Conference in Toulouse, France, on 2-6 July 2012.

Publication of the OceanObs'09 Conference Proceedings 17.02.2012
The production of the first volume of the OceanObs'09 Conference Proceedings is now completed. This volume includes the conference Plenary Papers that were based on the Community White Papers. The Community White Papers provided community input ahead of the meeting addressing specific areas of the ocean observing and information system. The Plenary Papers were the essential mechanism for merging this information into a broader community consensus, and to building a coherent vision.... look at the on-line final version

SPARC International Project Office Now in ETH Zurich 03.02.2012
The international project for atmospheric and climate research SPARC (Stratospheric Processes And their Role in Climate) relocated its coordination centre from Canada to Switzerland. On 7 February 2012, SPARC will celebrate the inauguration of its new office at ETH Zurich and its 20th anniversary. SPARC was founded in 1992 and to date has significantly contributed to the knowledge of chemical and physical processes in the atmosphere as well as helped to improve global prediction models for ozone and climate.... read more

New Director of GEO 01.02.2012
Barbara Ryan, currently Director of WMO Space Programme, will succeed Jose Achache as the Director of the GEO Secretariat. J. Achache was instrumental for the formation of GEO and the establishment of the Global Earth Observation System of System (GEOSS) over the last six years. WCRP wishes him well on his future endeavours and welcomes B. Ryan in her new position.

Introducing the new WCRP Modelling and Data Advisory Councils 20.01.2012
The Joint Scientific Committee of WCRP, at its Extraordinary-JSC meeting in October 2011 in Boulder, USA, confirmed the establishment of a WCRP Modeling Advisory Council (WMAC) and a Data Advisory Council (WDAC) to strengthen the coordination and synergies between the various modeling and data analysis efforts across the program respectively. The WDAC will embrace the former WCRP Observations and Assimilation Panel (WOAP) as one of its major mandates... read more

New and Rotating off Members of the WCRP Steering Groups 16.01.2012
The beginning of the year 2012 brings some changes in the membership of the WCRP Steering Groups. WCRP wishes to welcome the new members and thanks those who offered their experience and energy in the implementation of WCRP activities in the past years. Find out who is new and who is rotating off....

Welcome Dr. Wilson: New ICSU Executive Director 11.01.2012
WCRP welcomes Dr. Steven Wilson as the new Executive Director of the International Council for Science (ICSU). ICSU is one of the main sponsors of the WCRP and the main driver of new initiative, Future Earth: research for global sustainability. Dr. Wilson succeeds Professor Deliang Chen, who will return to the University of Gothenburg in Sweden after three years at the helm... read more

WCRP Conference on Reanalyses: Call for Abstract 03.01.2012
The 4th World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) International Conference on Reanalyses will be held in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA, 7-11 May 2012. It will provide an exciting opportunity for the modeling community to review and discuss the major observations and modeling research associated with reanalyses. The deadline for submitting an abstract has been extended to 13th February 2012. Please visit the conference webpage for further information.

Congratulations to Prof. Sergey Gulev New Elected Member of the Russian Academy of Science 06.01.2012
Professor Sergey Gulev, a former WCRP JSC Officer and a current member of the CLIVAR SSG, has been elected a Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Sergey is strongly affiliated with WCRP. In 1996-2001 he co-chaired the WCRP Working Group on Air-Sea Fluxes. He organized a number of WCRP workshops and conferences and founded the FLUXNEWS Newsletter... read more

Early Career Scientists luncheon – Communicating climate science to the media and public 19.12.2011
This event, sponsored by the AMS, took place at lunchtime on Wednesday of the
WCRP Open Science Conference.  A panel of professional experts in communicating science presented their views and advice, followed by a question and answer period.  There was a very good turn out, an estimated 150 early career scientists attended... read more

Defining the WCRP Future Strategy: a Bottom-up Process 07.12.2012
During last session of the conference, the Panel of experts received from the audience 41 questions in writing. The questions have been collected and grouped into the following nine themes/topics. They will be used in defining the WCRP and its major Projects future strategy and implementation plan...
see the questions

Important Dates for the 2nd Symposium on Effects of Climate Change on the World's Oceans 28.11.2011
The early registration and abstract submission deadline for the
Second International Symposium on “Effects of climate change on the world's oceans” is December 15, 2011. The main event is part of the official programme of the World Expo-2012 in Yeosu, Korea. The 5-day scientific programme is embedded in a variety of interesting concurrent workshops happening before and after the symposium.

La Plata Basin Regional Hydroclimate Project: a Joint GEWEX/CLIVAR Initiative 25.11.2011
CLIVAR/VAMOS and GEWEX/GHP have recognized the La Plata Basin in southern South America as a system sensitive to climate variability and change, with potential consequences for water resources and agricultural activities of the region. Accordingly, both CLIVAR and GEWEX have endorsed the La Plata Basin Regional Hydroclimate Project (LPB) and its objectives. The latest issue of CLIVAR Exchanges Newsletter present a selection of articles focused on LPB research.

WCRP OSC: Best Presentation Competition 31.10.2011
We are pleased to announce the complete list of awardees for the best posters and papers presented
at the WCRP Open Science Conference. These recipients were selected based on rigorous evaluation of 487 posters and 26 papers presented by students and early career scientists.... read more

The CLIVAR International Project Office (ICPO) is Seeking a New Director 31.10.2011
WCRP and the UK’s National Oceanography Centre (NOC) invite applications for the position of Director of the ICPO, located at NOC’s Southampton headquarters. CLIVAR project is one of four core projects of the WCRP. The Director of the Project Office takes a leading role in the implementation and coordination of CLIVAR activities under the general guidance of the CLIVAR Scientific Steering Group. Applications deadline: 2 January 2012..... more information

International Symposium to Focus on Ozone Layer and Climate Change 27.10.2011
An international conference, “2011 IYC Symposium on Stratospheric Ozone and Climate Change,” will be in Washington DC, USA, Nov. 7-10. This event focuses on the outcomes of the 1987 Montreal Protocol, an international treaty to reduce ozone depleting substances in the atmosphere. The four-day symposium features presentations and policy statements by presidents of major scientific societies, policymakers and noted scientists from government, higher education, industry and nonprofit organizations. WCRP is one of the symposium sponsors... read the press release

Priorities for Climate Observations, Research and Predictions High on Agenda 19.10.2011
Ghassem Asrar, Director of WCRP, gave a press briefing at the United Nations in Geneva in anticipation of the WCRP Open Science Conference that will take place next week (24-28 October) in Denver, USA... read more

Nobel Laureate Prof. Yuan Tseh Lee Takes ICSU Presidency 30.09.2011
Prof. Yuan Tseh Lee, a Nobel Prize-winning chemist from China-Taipei, is the new President of the International Council for Science (ICSU) since the conclusion of the organization’s 30th General Assembly.... read more
Prof. Gordon McBean has been named as the future ICSU President and is set to succeed Prof. Tseh Lee in October 2014... read more

PEER: US Research Partnership for Capacity Building 05.10.2011
The Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) program is now accepting proposals from developing country researchers interested in collaborating with their U.S. counterparts. This competitive grants program will allow scientists in developing countries to apply for funds to support research and capacity building activities in partnership with their NSF-funded collaborators on topics of climate change. The proposal deadline is November 30, 2011... read more

ICR4: Call for Abstracts 20.09.2011
The 4th WCRP International Conference on Reanalysis will provide an opportunity for the global community to review and discuss the major observations and modeling research associated with reanalyses, including the current uncertainties, such as consistency of the time series, and the complexity of Earth system. Deadline for Abstracts: 6 January 2012... read more

Countdown to the First WCRP Open Science Conference: Climate Science in Service to Society 28.08.2011
With more than 2100 abstracts and 1500 currently registered participants, the WCRP Open Science Conference is promising to be one of the most exciting and stimulating gatherings of the international scientific research community focused on climate variability and change... read more

IPY 2012: From Knowledge to Action 29.07.2011
The IPY 2012 Conference “From Knowledge to Action” is taking place in Montreal, Canada, on April 22-27, 2012. It will be one of the most important scientific conferences for polar science and climate change, impacts and adaptation. The Call for Abstracts for oral and poster presentations is now open. For more information visit the Conference website

ICSU is seeking a New Executive Director 15.07.2011
Suitably qualified and experienced candidates are encouraged to apply for the post of Executive Director of the International Council for Science (ICSU). Prof. Deliang Chen, current ICSU executive director, will be leaving the organization at the end of 2011, the incumbent is therefore expected to start in early 2012. The deadline for applications is 10 September 2011... more

Welcome Michel Rixen: New Member of WCRP JPS 04.07.2011
WCRP welcomes Dr. Michel Rixen who is being appointed to the post of modeling and observations at the WCRP secretariat in Geneva, effective September 2011... read more

Final Report of High-Level Taskforce for the Global Framework for Climate Services 30.05.2011
The report outlines the current state of climate services, gaps in climate services provisions, and its recommendations for a Global Framework for Climate Services. The Taskforce envisioned an end-to-end system for providing climate services and for applying them in decision making at every level of society. This will require a new global mobilization of effort and collaboration across political, sectoral and scientific boundaries... read the report

The 18th Session of the CLIVAR SSG: Addressing the need for Science-Based Climate Services 06.05.2011
The CLIVAR Scientific Steering Group met in Paris, France, on 2nd-6th May 2011. The group reviewed the project activities and addressed the CLIVAR's role in providing the science-based information for future climate services... read more

GEWEX and ESA joint effort in support to the New Network for in-Situ Soil Moisture Data 26.04.2011
GEWEX and ESA have developed a process and an integrative platform for ground-based soil moisture measurements to support the new International Soil Moisture Network (ISMN). ISMN is a new data-hosting center where globally average ground-based soil moisture measurements are collected, harmonized, and made available to users through a web interface.... read the article in EOS

Drought Predictability and Prediction in a Changing Climate 06.04.2011
In March 2011, 139 attendees, from over 30 different countries, participated in the WCRP Workshop on Drought that took place in Barcelona, Spain. The workshop explored the user requirements for drought prediction information on sub-seasonal to centennial time scales and the current understanding of the mechanisms and predictability of drought... read more

WMO Fellowship Fund: Building Capacity One Fellow at Time 01.04.2011
In an effort to meet the increasing demand from WMO Developing Country Members for assistance in human capacity development, WMO launched a Member driven Appeal to help increase the number of Fellowships the WMO awards through the WMO Fellowship Programme... read more

Director of CliC IPO Sought 23.03.2011
WCRP and the Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI) invite applications for the position of Director of the Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) International Project Office (CIPO). The CIPO is hosted by the Norwegian Polar Institute in Tromsø, Norway. The deadline for application is 18 April 2011... read more

Nominations for Experts in CLIVAR Panels 16.03.2011
CLIVAR seeks qualified individuals to serve on its Panels and Working Groups. These groups formulate goals and required strategies, catalyze and coordinate activities, and work with agencies and other international partners to advance the progress of the climate research community, particularly with regard to addressing relevant goals of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP).... read more

Welcome to the New Members of the WCRP JSC 04.03.2011
Five new members joined the WCRP Joint Scientific Committee (JSC) at the beginning of 2011. WCRP gives a warm welcome to these new experts and extends its appreciation and gratitude to those JSC members who finished their term at the end of 2010... read more

World Meteorological Day 2011: Climate for you 02.03.2011
Each year, on 23 March, the World Meteorological Organization, its 189 Members and the worldwide meteorological community celebrate World Meteorological Day around a chosen theme. This day commemorates the entry into force, on that date in 1950, of the WMO Convention creating the Organization. Subsequently, in 1951, WMO was designated a specialized agency of the United Nations System. This year, the theme is “Climate for you”.

Opportunities and Risks for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services 28.02.2011
The directors of IHDP and DIVERSITAS are the co-authors of an article in Science magazine that calls for a rethink of the link between science and society in guiding the establishment of the new biodiversity and ecosystem services assessment IPBES. IPBES is designed to provide an Intergovernmental Platform for assessing biodiversity and ecosystems similar to IPCC for climate change. The authors of the article argue that IPBES should, in addition, investigate the consequences of specific policies implemented by governing bodies, and utilize scientific knowledge to inform and shape policy decisions at multiple levels.... read the article

New WCRP Relevant Research Centre in Australia 21.02.2011
In late 2010, the Australian Research Council (ARC) launched a national Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science. This is a multimillion-dollar initiative focusing on the physical and biophysical aspects of the climate system. The Centre aligns closely with the WCRP's foci on improving our understanding of the global and regional climate variability and change.... read more

Fostering Coordination on Modelling 16.02.2011
The WCRP convened a meeting last November in order to discuss how to coordinate the programme modelling activities in the context of WCRP visioning and future directions. The participants agreed in develop an overall modelling strategy for the Programme based on a better integration of modelling activities across WCRP projects and panels and WCRP partners (e.g. IGBP and WWRP)... read the report

AGU Fellows Celebrated at the 2010 Fall Meeting 25.01.2011
T. Shepherd, SPARC co-chair, was recognized for his outstanding contributions to geophysical fluid dynamics and middle-atmosphere research. J. Hurrell, CLIVAR co-chair, was selected for his excellence in research, outreach and educational activities. H. Wheater, GEWEX vice-chair, was celebrated for significant contributions to understanding the controls on surface and subsurface flow and water quality.

NASA Research Opportunities on Energy and Water Cycle Study (NEWS) 25.01.2011
The NASA's Energy and Water Cycle Study solicits projects to mine the vast data and model resources through innovative analysis. Through exploitation of data generated by previous and ongoing NASA sponsored research, analysis or data evaluation and intercomparison activities should be proposed that use simultaneously multiple streams of water and energy cycle information.... read more

WCRP OSC: Abstract Submission Now Open! 13.12.2010
Individuals who wish to present their work at the WCRP Open Science Conference are encouraged to start submitting an abstract online. The detailed descriptions of the Parallel and Poster Sessions are now available. Groups can organize and submit clusters of posters addressing a specific research topic in one of the existing program sessions.




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