We invite you to attend the webinar: How do we address climate risk? Challenges from an interdisciplinary dialogue on 27 June, 11:00-12:30 Arg (14:00-15:30 UTC). This webinar is the first one in a series called "Actionable Climate Knowledge" from the Argentinean Hub of the WCRP My Climate Risk Lighthouse Activity. For more information and to register, click the heading above.

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Polar scientists are calling for an urgent intensification of national and international research and observational capabilities in view of rapid Arctic and Antarctic change. The latest call to action is from the SCAR/CliC Expert Group on Antarctic Sea-Ice Processes & Climate (ASPeCt) and the CliC Arctic Sea Ice Working Group (ASIWG) in response to continuing observations of record low sea-ice extents, with the same messages heard strongly at the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting that


Three exciting leadership opportunities in WCRP International Project Offices (IPOs). WCRP invites applications for the posts of:

  • Director of the CLIVAR (Climate and Ocean - Variability, Predictability, and Change) IPO, hosted by the Ocean University of China (OUC) in Qingdao, China
  • Director of the RIfS (Regional Information for Society) IPO, hosted by Ouranos in Montreal, Canada
  • Director of the ESMO (Earth System and Modelling Observations) IPO, hosted by DKRZ in Hamburg, Germany

The IPOs


'Cumulonimbus flammagenitus', or as they are more commonly known 'Pyrocumulonimbus' (pyroCb), is the name given to thunderstorms that form in the smoke plumes of fires. These large plumes of smoke are generated during massive fires on the Earth's surface, nuclear bomb blasts, and volcanic eruptions. When they reach a certain magnitude, they can generate large vertical clouds that cause meteorological phenomena such as electrical storms and tornadoes, in some extreme cases. In the case of a


The Technical Report published by the Joint Research Center (JRC), the European Commission's science and knowledge service, provides evidence-based scientific support showing the impacts of the emerging drought that has been visible in Europe during the winter and spring months. Based on the observation of Combined Drought Indicators (CDI). These indicators combine meteorological, hydrological and biophysical variables captured by satellites as well as the temporal and spatial scales of the


We are delighted to announce that the registration is open for the WCRP Open Science Conference, that will be held in Kigali, Rwanda, and online on 23-27 October 2023.

Register online following the instructions available at

  • Deadline for Early Bird registration: 15 July 2023
  • Accommodation:Preferential rates have been secured for the WCRP Open Science Conference delegates at hotels in Kigali, to book your hotel room click here

To know more about the


WCRP is delighted to announce that the International CLIVAR Project Office (ICPO) is now being hosted by the Ocean University of China, Qingdao, after being hosted by the First Institute of Oceanography (FIO), Ministry of Natural Resources of China for almost nine years. WCRP thanks FIO for its outstanding contributions to facilitating international ocean research. The ICPO will continue its strong support to ensure CLIVAR’s mission to understand the dynamics, the interaction, and the


WCRP is delighted to announce that the German Climate Computing Center (DKRZ) has been selected to host the new International Project Office (IPO) of the Earth System and Modelling Observations (ESMO) Core Project.

For more details, check the press release on the DKRZ website.

ESMO project office - DKRZ

WCRP is seeking two interns, commencing 1 June 2023 (or at an agreed time) for a period of up to 12 months in Geneva, Switzerland. The deadline for applications is 11 May 2023. For further information and to apply, click the heading above.


Global-State of Climate-2022-WMO

The WMO State of the Global Climate Report 2022 focuses on key climate indicators (greenhouse gases, temperatures, sea level rise, ocean and heat acidification, sea ice, and glaciers). It highlights the impacts of climate change and extreme weather events. This year, the WMO team has launched a process to gather feedback on State of Climate reports to see how they can be improved in the future.

Stratosphere-troposphere Processes And their Role in Climate

The deadline for the open call for proposals to host the Stratosphere-troposphere Processes And their Role in Climate (SPARC) International Project Office has now been extended until 31 May 2023. Click the heading above for full information and the application package. 

We are seeking new members for two of the WCRP Safe Landing Climates Lighthouse Activity Working Groups: Perturbed Carbon Cycle and Safe Landing Pathways. The deadline for self-nominations is extended to 16 April 2023. Full information is available on the open call webpage.

Safe Landing Climates


 The sixth assessment report (AR6 Synthesis Report) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is available from 20 March 2023. It follows the same methodology as previous reports, based on a compilation of bilateral research papers. The final synthesis has been compiled from a cycle of reports that have been developed and published over the last few years. This report sets the tone for what the race against climate change will look like over the next decade and shows the most


The Coupled Model Intercomparision Project (CMIP) encourages all ongoing and new Model Intercomparison Project (MIP) (CMIP6-endorsed MIPs and others) leads to register information about their MIP through a MIP registration form, both to reduce duplication of effort across MIPs and modelling centres and to foster collaboration. MIP registration will also allow the CMIP panel to obtain useful information for the design of CMIP7 and provide the climate science community with information on


Frontiers Subseasonal to Decadal Prediction

28 March 2023, ECMWF, Reading (UK)

This symposium, organized by the WCRP Working Group on Subseasonal to Interdecadal Prediction (WGSIP), aims to highlight cutting-edge developments occurring in the international research and services communities.

The symposium is open to all interested researchers and practitioners in the international climate prediction community, either remotely or (for those based in Reading) in person at ECMWF. If you would like to attend, please complete the


The National Institute of Health (NIH) is building its climate change and health research portfolio with funding opportunities to develop Climate Change and Health Research Centers. This program will support the development of an innovative research environment to foster and sustain a transdisciplinary program of fundamental and applied research to explore the complex impacts of climate change on health and to develop action-oriented strategies that protect health and build resiliency at the


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October 2023 meet us in Kigali, Rwanda!

In this issue of World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) Insights, we focus on the WCRP Open Science Conference. The deadline is fast approaching to submit your abstract to the WCRP Open Science Conference (OSC) that will be held in Kigali, Rwanda from 23 October to 27 October 2023. 

The WCRP Earth System Modelling and Observations (ESMO) Core Project coordinates, advances, and facilitates all modelling, data assimilation and observational activities within WCRP, working jointly with all other WCRP projects and providing strategic connections to related external programs. It follows a seamless and value chain approach across all Earth system components, disciplines, and scales. The modelling and observational activities under ESMO are central to the provision of


The WCRP ‘My Climate Risk’ Lighthouse Activity welcomes several new hubs from around the globe into its international network – and more are expected to join soon. The new hubs will add to the interdisciplinary exchanges around the issue of context-specific climate risks through exciting and diverse activities that we have already seen from the established hubs. 

My Climate Risk Hub Map

We are pleased to announce that the deadline for abstract submission, financial support applications, and requests to participate in the Early to Mid-Career (EMCR) Symposium has been extended to 14 March 2023. To help the organizing committee, please do not leave your submissions until the last minute. Please see the abstract submission webpage for more information.

Abstarct deadline


'Flammagenitus' or as they are more commonly known ''Pyrocumilonimbus' (PyroCbs) is name given to the  thunderstorm that forms in the smoke plume of a fire (nuclear bomb blast or volcanic ash cloud). The large plumes of smoke generated during massive fires on the Earth's surface or volcanic eruptions,..... when they reach a certain magnitude, they are capable of generating large vertical clouds that cause meteorological phenomena such as electrical storms and tornadoes. In the case of a forest


Open Climate Science Panel

The Ateneo de Manila University Regional Hub wishes to facilitate a meaningful discussion between members of the different MCR Hubs by organizing a webinar, titled “Open Climate Science,” where they will articulate and navigate the tensions of the meanings and practice of open science in addressing climate change. This is consistent with MCR’s goal of developing bottom-up, contextual, and empowering approaches to regional climate risk. Rather than seeking definitive frameworks and tools, the



Please join us for this first webinar in a new series, convened by WCRP's Safe Landing Climates Lighthouse Activity. The first webinar will explore 'scenarios,' especially the IPCC's Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (SSP) and Representative Concentration Pathways (RCP). To find out more, see the event page.

We are delighted to announce that Prof. Detlef Stammer will continue as Chair of the WCRP Joint Scientific Committee (JSC) for the next two years and will be joined by Dr. Pascale Braconnot in the Vice Chair role. We also welcome four new JSC Members in 2023. To read more, please click the heading above. 

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EPESC Webinar series

The WCRP Explaining and Predicting Earth System Change Lighthouse Activity invites you to join the third webinar of the series that will provide a discussion forum on topics focused on predicting and explaining a range of different climate phenomena and events, while supporting the further development of a scientific agenda. This third webinar will focus on global and regional changes in drought and aspects related to a changing climate.


  • Aiguo Dai (University at Albany, USA): Drought