WCRP Observation and Analysis Theme
WCRP plays a major role in supporting the development of new climate information systems. Because global warming is “unequivocal” to quote IPCC, and some warming is guaranteed, adaptation to climate change is essential. This requires information to assess vulnerability, devise coping strategies, determine possible impacts, and plan for future changes.
A combination of climate observations and models are resulting in significant amount of data and information. Research on and development of Earth observing systems, models and field experiments comprise an intrinsic part of WCRP activities and contribute to continuation and expansion of global environmental monitoring. Every WCRP project develops data and information and has a set of observation activities.
The recently established WCRP Data Advisory Council (WDAC) will act as a single entry point for all WCRP data, information, and observation activities with its sister programmes, and will coordinate their high-level aspects across the WCRP, ensuring cooperation with main WCRP partners such as GCOS and other observing programmes.
WDAC will work with the WCRP Modelling Advisory Council to promote effective use of observations with models and to address issues related to the coordinated development of data assimilation, reanalysis, Observing System Sensitivity Experiments, and paleoclimatic data and their assessments.