Science and Communications Officer

Narelle van der Wel is a Science and Communications Officer at the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) Secretariat, located at the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Geneva. Narelle works in a range of areas, including strategic planning and implementation, communication and outreach, and science coordination and support. Narelle is responsible for overseeing and supporting WCRP’s Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) Core Project, the WCRP Academy, and two of WCRP’s Lighthouse Activities, My Climate Risk and Safe Landing Climates. She is also responsible for WCRP communication materials, including the WCRP website.

Narelle completed a Ph.D. in Polar Studies (Glaciology) at Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge (UK), focusing on the numerical modeling of ice streams in Antarctica. She then worked as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at Scott Polar Research Institute, modeling the flow of Greenland glaciers. In September 2018 she also completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Climate Change Management at the University of Edinburgh. 

Risk KAN Steering Committee - ex-officio member for WCRP

Recent publications:

Sherwood, S. C., Hegerl, G., Braconnot, P., Friedlingstein, P., Goelzer, H., Harris, N. R. P., et al. (2024). Uncertain pathways to a future safe climate. Earth's Future, 12, e2023EF004297. https://doi.org/10.1029/2023EF004297

Stocker, T.F., Jones, R.G., Hegglin, M.I. et al. Reflecting on the Science of Climate Tipping Points to Inform and Assist Policy Making and Address the Risks they Pose to Society. Surv Geophys (2024). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10712-024-09844-w

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