North and Central America Climate Forum 11may 2021

WCRP Climate Research Forum for North and Central America, the Caribbean and Greenland on "Climate research priorities for the next decade"
11 May 2021, 15:00 - 17:30 Eastern Daylight Time (19:00 - 21:30 UTC) - Online

This is the third in a series of online Climate Research Forums, aimed at exchanging ideas, discussing new activities and opportunities being developed by WCRP, and exploring ways that our climate science community of scientists, partner programs, funders, and end-users can

An interview with Detlef Stammer, Chair of the WCRP Joint Scientific Committee, given to the International Science Council (ISC)

"The challenges are huge, and we have to really think about how to approach them. This was and still is a very basic motivation for us. We only have about 10 years’ time to make progress on the Paris targets, and this is where society really comes in. It’s getting really urgent to start moving if we want to reach these targets. WCRP's priority following the

2nd Climate Observation Conference 2021

We are very pleased to announce that the call for abstracts for the 2nd Climate Observation Conference, to be held virtually on 30 August – 3 September 2021, is now open!

Abstracts can be submitted online through the conference website for either an oral or poster presentation. The abstract submission deadline is 14 June 2021. The preliminary structure of the programme is now available on the conference website.

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WMO State of Global Climate 2020

The final report on the State of the Global Climate in 2020 is a multi-agency report spearheaded by WMO and combining input from UN agencies, national meteorological and hydrological services and associated institutions, regional climate centres and dozens of experts. Several WCRP scientists were involved.

It provides comprehensive details of climate indicators such as extreme weather, land and ocean temperatures, ice retreat and sea level rise. It also includes information on climate and

Past Global Changes Pages Horizons

The Past Global Changes (PAGES) project is pleased to announce a new paleoscience magazine for teenagers and young adults.

Past Global Changes Horizons highlights science of the past, written in an easy to understand, visual format, for those interested in, and wanting to learn more about, environmental issues and global climate change. Each of the 18 contributions addresses a scientific question and includes appealing and understandable figures or images, without sacrificing scientific rigor.


1st WCRP Eastern Asia Forum

The second session of the WCRP Climate Research Forum “Climate research priorities for the next decade” was held successfully on April 7, 2021. The forum focused on the Eastern Asia region. It began with an overview of WCRP from the Vice Chair of the WCRP Joint Scientific Committee, followed by talks highlighting climate science priorities and opportunities for collaboration in the Eastern Asian Region from an agency perspective. There were then talks on climate science activities in the

WCRP Open Science Conference 2023

The WCRP Open Science Conference 2023 will bring together diverse research communities, programmes and partners to discuss the latest developments in climate science, with an emphasis on science-based information for decision making. WCRP is looking at innovative ways to bridge science and society and to foster future climate science leadership, through workshops, public exhibits, forums, and other associated events.

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WCRP-WWRP Symposium on Data Assimilation and Reanalysis and 2021 ECMWF Annual Seminar on Observations

We are pleased to announce the WCRP-WWRP Symposium on Data Assimilation and Reanalysis to be held in Bonn (Germany), 13-18 September 2021 alongside the 2021 ECMWF Annual Seminar on Observations.

The overall objective of WCRP-WWRP Symposium on Data Assimilation and Reanalysis is to review latest developments and address issues of common interest to data assimilation and reanalysis communities.

Deadline for abstracts and financial support application: April 30, 2021

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The Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) core project, serving as the focal point for climate science related to the cryosphere, its variability and change, and interaction with the broader climate system, is now launching an open call for chair nominations. Self-nominations are encouraged. Please fill in this form and send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Carlos Nobre

We are proud of our research community who have enabled WCRP to provide the global scientific leadership and coordination needed to address frontier scientific questions related to the coupled climate system.

On this International Women’s Day, we especially want to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions and achievements of the women researchers across our WCRP community. You have played a significant role in WCRP’s impact and success.

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Carlos NobreCarlos Nobre, WMO SAP member and one of the long-time leaders of the WCRP and IGBP communities, expert in the effects of climate change in the Amazon and a leader in science policy for a sustainable Amazon, received the 2021 AAAS Award for Science Diplomacy.

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GCOS logoEveryone interested to take part in a public review of the draft of the 2021 Status Report on the Global Climate Observing System is welcome. Your input will help shape the global climate observing system in the next 6 years. 

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A Scientific Officer position at the WCRP Secretariat is available

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Deadline for application: 11th March 2021

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The inaugural WCRP Climate Research Forum “Climate research priorities for the next decade”, which took place at the 2021 Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS) Conference on 10 February 2021, was a great success and drew over 200 participants. To find out more, click the heading above.

WCRP Climate Research Forum - Oceania

It is with deep regret that we have learnt of the passing away of Professor Paul Josef Crutzen.

Paul Crutzen, a prominent atmospheric chemist, former Director at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, Germany, and of the Atmospheric Chemistry Division at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, USA, passed away on 28 January 2021.

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You are warmly invited to the inaugural WCRP Climate Research Forum “Climate research priorities for the next decade”, which will be held as an online forum at the 2021 Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS) Conference on 10 February 2021, 14.00 – 15.30 AEDT. It will include an overview of the new WCRP, followed by short talks from leading Australian climate researchers and stakeholders in the private sector. To find out more, please see the WCRP Climate Research Forum


10 insights 2020The ​10 New Insights in Climate Science 2020​ report was prepared by a consortium of 57 leading researchers from 21 countries. As a partnership of Future Earth, the Earth League, and the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), the series synthesizes the latest sustainability research for the international science-policy community, with annual installments since 2017.

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In the past 15 years the media impact of the annual Global Carbon Budget has increased significantly. However, as the narrative on the global emissions trajectory starts to change, and the demand for scrutiny of emissions reduction efforts increases, the role of the Global Carbon Budget may need to shift.

To drive the evolution of the activity in an ongoing strategic review the Global Carbon Project would like you to provide them with feedback in filling out the survey at


S2SThe Subseasonal to Seasonal Prediction Project (S2S) Project is looking for a contractor to set up and implement a competition platform on the Renkulab facility hosted by the Swiss Data Science Center at ETH Zürich and EPFL. For more information, click the heading above.

WCRP and Future Earth have agreed to strengthen their partnership to jointly address the most pressing societal challenges associated with climate and environmental change. For more information and the full Joint Statement, click the heading above.

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We are delighted to report that Professor Veronika Eyring, Chair of WCRP's Coupled Modelling Intercomparison Project (CMIP) Panel has been selected as a recipient of Germany's most important research funding award. The Joint Committee of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) awarded the 2021 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize to Veronika, along with nine other scientists. We warmly congratulate Veronika in what is a very well deserved recognition of her work.

Eyring Prize 2021



The World Climate Research Program (WCRP) is moving towards a new programme structure in an era where we urgently require solutions to the challenges of climate change. To find out more click the heading above.

Draft WCRP Structure

Above: The new WCRP structure.

WCRP Joint Scientific Committee member, Pierre Friedlingstein, and colleagues have published the Global Carbon Budget 2020 (

Produced by more than 80 researchers working from universities and research institutions in 15 countries, this annual product compiles and assesses reports, papers, measurements, and model outputs to quantify sources and sinks of carbon in units of gigatonnes of carbon per year (GtC yr-1).

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WCRP congratulates the 2020 winners of the WCRP/WWRP International Prize for Model Development, Dr Hella Garny (DLR, Germany), and the WCRP/GCOS International Data Prize, Drs Laia Comas-Bru (University of Reading, UK) and Lijing Cheng (IAP, China).

Winners prizes 2020

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