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Dr Michael Sparrow Joins WCRP Secretariat 25.05.2015

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WCRP is pleased to announce that Dr Michael (Mike) Sparrow has joined the WCRP JPS team in Geneva. Mike comes from the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), where he has been Executive Director for the last five years and Executive Officer before that... read more

Funding Opportunities: Climate Predictability and Inter-regional Linkages  29.04.2015

The Belmont Forum and JPI-Climate have launched a call for proposals on climate predictability and inter-regional linkages. This call aims to contribute to the overall challenge of developing climate services with focus on the role of inter-regional linkages in climate variability and predictability. Project proposals should demonstrate a research need for international and regional coordination. Deadline for submission 1st June 2015... read more

WCRP Signs Scientific Partnership with PAGES 23.04.2015

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Recognizing the convergence in their interests and activities, and the potential for substantial mutual collaboration, WCRP and PAGES (Past Global Changes) have formed a scientific partnership aimed at strengthening ties between the two organizations at several levels... read more

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Science Highlights

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

New Study: Human Induced Heavy Precipitation and Heat Waves  29.04.2015

flood75% of very hot days occurring over land can be attributed to human activity according to a new study recently published in Nature Climate Change. Moreover the authors found that 18% of extreme precipitation events is caused by temperature increase since pre-industrial times. Such study is based on the CMIP data coordinated by WCRP Working Group on Coupled Modelling.... read the article 

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