WCRP Grand Challenge on Water for the Food Baskets of the World
The WCRP Grand Challenge on Water Availability focuses on assessing how fresh water availability will shift in some of the major food producing regions of the world due to climate change.


The overarching science question guiding this Grand Challenge is “how will a warming world affect available fresh water resources globally, specifically in the food basket regions, and how will it change human interactions with these resources and their value to society?” While considering water supply and demand, the question also addresses societal and environmental responses: the concentration will be on geophysical processes and the anthropogenic influences on those processes.

For more see the GEWEX webpages.



The following meetings are/were either initiated by the Grand Challenge on Water for the Food Baskets of the World or included Sessions organized by it or have other strong thematic links to it:

  • WCRP Strategy for Workshop for Global Water: Resource Systems, 5-7 June 2013, Saskatoon, CANADA 
  • WCRP Stategy Workshop on Observations and Prediction of Precipitation, 27-28 June 2013, Fort Collins, CO USA 
  • Trending Now: Water, 7th GEWEX International Scientific Conference, 14-17 July 2014, The Hague, The Netherlands