Mike Sparrow We are delighted to announce that Dr. Mike Sparrow has been appointed as Head of the WCRP Secretariat and Head of the World Climate Research Division, Science and Innovation Department, WMO. To read more, click the heading above.

A recent study published in Nature shows that under greenhouse warming the trajectories of El Niño response are organized by an El Niño self-modulation mechanism. To read more, click the heading above.

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WCRP is happy to welcome two new WCRP Joint Scientific Committee (JSC) members. Both Maria Ivanova and Roberto Sánchez Rodríguez come from a social sciences background and will bring unique and important perspectives to WCRP.

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The workshop will be held on the 24-25 November and 8-9 December 2020.

Deadline for applications : October 26, 2020 .

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The European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Geophysical Union (EGU) have announced the ESA–EGU Earth Observation Excellence Award. Deadline: 2 November 2020. Click the heading above for more information.


The International Science Council (ISC) has issued a call for inputs to shape a priority action agenda for science - a global call for priorities for science. The aim of the call is to identify priorities for game-changing action in two related domains: Science for sustainability transformations and transformations of science systems. The deadline for contributions is 2 October 2020. You can find the survey on the ISC website.



The United in Science Report, released today by the United Nations Secretary-General, includes important contributions from the WCRP community — especially from the WCRP Grand Challenge on Near-Term Climate Prediction and WCRP Joint Scientific Committee Member Pierre Friedlingstein. To discover more, click the heading above.

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The Surface Ocean - Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS) Indian Ocean Meeting will be held online on 30 September 2020, where current, ongoing, and planned SOLAS research and initiatives taking place in the Indian Ocean will be presented and discussed. Registration is free and should be completed by 27 September 2020. Please see the SOLAS website for more information and to register. 


The first comprehensive Earth Energy Imbalance (EEI) has just been published by von Schuckmann and others in Earth System Science Data (ESSD), showing that the ocean dominates the Earth's energy inventory. For more, click the heading above.

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There are still a few weeks to nominate a colleague for significant achievements in data and model development. Nominations will close on 30 September 2020. For more details, see the announcement pages:

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The WCRP CORDEX Science Advisory Team invites you to submit proposals for Flagship Pilot Studies (FPS). These are targeted experimental setups that address CORDEX Scientific Challenges (image below). For more information, click the headline above. The deadline is 15 September 2020.

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WCRP is shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Konrad 'Koni' Steffen. He was an inspiration and friend to so many in WCRP, especially through his longstanding contributions to the Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) Program. Click the heading above to read a moving obituary by Thomas Stocker. 

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Konrad Steffen on the Schatzalp, July 2020. Photo: Andreas Rigling (Original Image, WSL)

The Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS), a scientific organizational entity of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Centre for Materials and Coastal Research, invites applications for a Scientific Coordinator to promote and help coordinate regional activities across the range of WCRP science (more about CORA). The office is shared between GERICS and the Bjerknes Centre in Bergen, Norway. To find out more, see the full position outline. The deadline for applications is 2 September 2020.


WCRP is evolving to ensure that the Programme is fit for purpose and fit for the future. WCRP Chair, Detlef Stammer, and Vice-Chair, Helen Cleugh, explain where we are at with implementing the new WCRP Strategic Plan and outline the opportunities that will arise in the coming months. To learn more, click the heading above.

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WCRP researchers have published what is being hailed as a landmark publication on climate sensitivity. The work, undertaken as part of WCRP's Grand Challenge on Clouds, Circulation and Climate Sensitivity, brought together an international team of researchers from a wide range of climate disciplines and combined multiple lines of evidence. To learn more, click the heading above.

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Monsoon rainfall has profound economic and societal impacts for more than two-thirds of the global population. A new article, published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, reviews the current knowledge on detection, attribution, and projection of global and regional monsoons under climate change. To learn more, click the heading above.

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Each year WCRP, together with its partners the World Weather Research Programme (WWRP) and the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), awards two prizes for notable achievements in data and model development. Nominations are now open for the 2020 prizes, with a deadline of 30 September 2020. For more details, see the announcement pages:

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We are very sad to learn of the passing of Arthur (Art) Alexiou on 16 June 2020. The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) has published an obituary outlining some of Art's many achievements and honors on the UNESCO website

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Assessment of climate change over the Indian regionA new open-access book provides a compelling scientific account of the influence of human activities on key aspects of the regional climate of the Indian subcontinent, the adjoining Indian Ocean, and the Himalayas. To find out more, click the heading above.

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An international virtual symposium on drivers, predictability, and actionable information

Under the auspices of WMO, sponsored by the Group on Earth Observation (GEO) Health Community of Practice, hosted the American Geophysical Union, and in partnership with several international and regional research organizations and entities from Africa, Asia, Europe, South America and the USA, a rapidly arranged international virtual symposium will take place in early August to examine the


A new article published in Science Advances reviews and synthesizes the latest developments in equilibrium climate sensitivity (ECS) and transient climate response (TCR) values in WCRP's Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP). To learn more click the heading above.


The Allianz Climate Risk Research Award supports scientific research that improves our understanding of climate change-related risks. PhD students who are in the final stages of their research and postdoctoral researchers who have recently finished their research are invited to apply. For more information, click the heading above. The deadline is 31 August 2020.


A recent article by Ben Smith and others in Science uses Satellite laser altimetry to show the extent of ice sheet mass loss since 2003. To find out more, click the heading above.

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The WCRP Coordinated Regional Climate Downscaling Experiment (CORDEX) Scientific Advisory Team has developed a draft experiment design document for the CORDEX CMIP6 downscaling efforts. You are invited to give your feedback on the design draft before it is finalized and published. See the CORDEX website to access the report and to comment. The deadline for comments is 19 June 2020


WCRP is calling for (self-)nominations for membership of the WCRP Joint Scientific Committee (JSC), for a four-year term from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2024. For the upcoming membership term, (self-)nominations are sought from the social and economical sciences. The deadline for nominations is 15 July 2020. For more information click the heading above.

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