The World Climate Research
Programme (WCRP) organization comprises many partners
and stakeholders around the world. Each of these contributes services, information,
solutions or funds into the global WCRP enterprise. The overarching
objectives of all members of this network are to contribute to improved
understanding of the climate system, climatic change and the interactions
between climate, people and the environment.
Together with the International
Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), the International
Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP) and DIVERSITAS,
WCRP provides the international framework for scientific cooperation
in the study of global environmental change through the Earth
System Science Partnership (ESSP).
WCRP participates in many WMO activities. It works closely with National Meteorological and Hydrological Services on the implementation of the Global Framework for Climate Services, in which it is expected to act as the main research component. Together with the WMO Atmospheric Research and Environment Programme, WCRP is developing a “seamless prediction system” to enable a wide range of weather, climate, hydrological and environmental predictions.
Research observations are an essential element of monitoring climate variability and change, understanding trends, and initializing models for climate prediction. WCRP’s key partnership with the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) advocates for the complete implementation of the climate observing system, with sustained support for quality-assured observations.
Scientists affiliated with WCRP produce the climate change and ozone layer projections and predictions that underpin much of the work of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), as well as the Stratospheric Ozone Depletion Scientific Assessments carried out by WMO and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). WCRP regularly informs the UN
Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its subsidiary bodies on the scientific issues related to climate change.
WCRP is a co-sponsor of the SysTem for Analysis, Research and Training (START), a programme to make the knowledge and the tools of climate predictions available to scientists from developing countries. The ultimate goal of WCRP is to foster scientific capacity in all nations of the world in order to address challenges and opportunities resulting from climate variability and change at the regional and global levels.
WCRP's research and network facilitation is an important contributor
to efforts to meet the UN
Millennium Development Goals, especially environmental sustainability
and combating malaria and other diseases. WCRP is partnering with
DIVERSITAS and other global environmental change programmes to build
on the Millennium Ecosystem