The World Climate Research Programme has a number of key initiatives and activities.
The Ocean Observations Panel for Climate (OOPC) is co-sponsored by WCRP, GCOS, and the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS). It is a scientific expert advisory group charged with making recommendations for a sustained global ocean observing system for climate in support of the goals of its sponsors.
The Terrestrial Observation Panel for Climate is co-sponsored by WCRP and GCOS. It was set up to develop a balanced and integrated system of in situ, air- and spaceborne observations of the terrestrial system. The Panel focuses on the identification of terrestrial observation requirements, assisting the establishment of observing networks for climate, providing guidance on observation standards and norms, facilitating access to ECV and climate data and information and its assimiliation, and promoting climate studies and assessments.
START promotes research-driven capacity building to advance knowledge on global environmental change in Africa and Asia-Pacific. This is acomplished through research grants and fellowships, knowledge assessments and syntheses, curricula development, advanced training institutes, multi-stakeholder dialogues, and place-based strategic planning. WCRP is one of START’s key strategic partners.
The Young Earth System Scientists (YESS) community unifies early career researchers in an influential network and communication platform to promote local and global exchange across multiple disciplines related to Earth system sciences.
The Year of the Maritime Continent (YMC) (April 2017 - October 2018) is an international framework for international collaboration on field observations and modeling to better understand the role of the Maritime Continent on the global weather-climate continuum.