A new paper by Regina Rodrigues and Ted Shepherd looks at climate-change science from the perspective of economic concepts from E.F. Schumacher's famous book 'Small is Beautiful', to see what light they shed on dealing with the complexity of local situations, deep uncertainty, and the need to empower local communities under a changing climate. To learn more, click the heading above.

Small is beautiful: climate-change science as if people mattered

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has just released the Summary for Policymakers of the report Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. It issues a dire warning on the urgency of the responses needed to the impacts of a changing climate. For more information, click the heading above.

WGII AR6

Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP)

The “CMIP Community next steps survey” has already received over 200 responses but we want to make sure that a wider range of groups around the world have had time to provide input, and in many cases, in a coordinated way.

Therefore, we are extending the deadline for the completion of the survey to 14th March 2022.

 https://www.wcrp-climate.org/cmip-survey

We are in particular very keen to have responses from users of the data, from the academic and policy-making world. This is your chance to

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WCRP Sea Level Conference 2022

Building on the success of the Sea Level 2017 Meeting in New York, the World Climate Research Program (WCRP) Grand Challenge on “Regional Sea-Level Change and Coastal Impacts” will hold the Sea Level 2022 meeting on 12-16 July 2022 in Singapore. This is three years after the IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC) report and one year after the publication of the new IPCC WG1 AR6 report. The conference will provide an opportunity to share the present status

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Forum on Scenarios for Climate and Societal Futures

The forum brings together a diverse set of communities who are using or developing scenarios for use in climate change and sustainability analysis to:

  • exchange experiences, ideas, and lessons learned;
  • identify opportunities for synergies and collaboration;
  • reflect on the use of scenarios; and
  • identify knowledge gaps for future research.

The Scenarios Forum welcomes abstracts for sessions during the conference. Deadline extended to February 21, 2022

  • For further details see: 
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10 New Insights in Climate Science

Future Earth, The Earth League, and the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) have begun preparing the 10 New Insights in Climate Science 2022 and are scoping expertise from around the globe for inputs on which key findings should be featured. You are invited to contribute to the 2022 instalment of the 10 New Insights in Climate Science by answering the call for topics form by February 20. This annual series is a major synthesis of essential and recent climate-related research and an important

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European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications

Climate models are an important tool for scientists to understand our past climate and provide projections of future change. As such, they are in increasing demand as part of efforts to avert global warming and reduce risks associated with environmental change. To meet this demand, the World Climate Research Programme will open a new international office in the United Kingdom on 1 March 2022 that will coordinate the programme’s Climate Model Intercomparison Project. The new office will be under

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 International Monsoons Project Office

The World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), the World Weather Research Programme (WWRP), and the International Monsoons Project Office (IMPO) cordially invite you to an online event celebrating the launch of the International Monsoons Project Office hosted by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune, India.

IMPO, a joint effort by WMO and IITM that will coordinate and support global monsoon research activities of WCRP and WWRP, was established at IITM in 2021. To commemorate

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GEWEX Pan-Gass meeting

The GEWEX Global Atmospheric System Studies Panel (GASS) will hold its 3rd Pan-GASS Meeting, Understanding and Modeling Atmospheric Processes (UMAP 2022) in Monterey, CA, USA, from 25-29 July 2022. The program will include all aspects and methods of model development from deterministic numerics to stochastic forcing; process modeling to parametrization; observational constraints to diagnostic techniques; and idealized modeling to operational forecasting and climate predictions. The purpose of the

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We are delighted to invite you to the fifth event in the discussion series on tipping elements, this time focusing on the role of the ocean and of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC). It will take place on 11 February 2022, 13:30 - 15:00 CET.The two talks of the event will be given by:

  • Ocean tipping points - an overview– Christoph Heinze
  • Recent insights on the AMOC– Stefan Rahmstorf

The session will be recorded and posted on the event site a day or two after the event. To

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 Explaining and Predicting Earth System Change Lighthouse Activity

The WCRP Explaining and Predicting Earth System Change Lighthouse Activity invites interested researchers to apply for positions in its Scientific Steering Group and their three Working Groups.

The overarching objective of this Lighthouse Activity is to “design, and take major steps toward delivery of, an integrated capability for quantitative observation, explanation, early warning, and prediction of Earth System change on global and regional scales, with a focus on multi-annual to decadal

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We are profoundly saddened to learn of the passing of Dr Lisa Goddard. Our thoughts are with her, family, friends and many colleagues from around the world. Please click the heading above for words from the WCRP community.

Lisa Goddard

Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP)

The WCRP Working Group on Coupled Modelling (WGCM) and the CMIP Panel are already working hard in preparation for the next phase of Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP). Specifically, we need to hear from everyone their views on the positive aspects and challenges they faced in CMIP6, and how they would like to see future phases of CMIP structured and delivered. 

For that, we are inviting the community to take part in the “CMIP Community next steps survey”. It is your chance to help

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8 – 10 February 2022, online

The Risk Modeling and Insurance Working Group of the Knowledge Action Network on Emergent Risks and Extreme Events (Risk KAN) is organizing a three-day workshop to bring together scientists and practitioners in the field of modeling risk in human and environmental systems. Some of the WCRP Lighthouse Activities will present their work on 10 February as part of the workshop. To find out more and to register, click the heading above.

RISKKAN Workshop 22

Tipping Elements Events Series

The Safe Landing Climates Lighthouse Activity, partnering with AIMES and the Earth Commission, has four exciting discussions planned for early 2022. Join us for talks on the role of permafrost, ice sheets, ocean, and monsoons in tipping elements, irreversibility, and abrupt change in the Earth System. Please see our event website for more information and to register.

Tipping Points Ice Sheets

We are delighted to report that our event on ice sheets, which was postponed in November, will now take place on 25 January 2022, 16:00-17:30 CET. For more details and to register, click the heading above.

2021 Arctic Report Card

NOAA’s 2021 Arctic Report Card documents the numerous ways that climate change continues to fundamentally alter this once reliably-frozen region, as increasing heat and the loss of ice drive its transformation into a warmer, less frozen and more uncertain future. 

Read NOAA's 2021 Arctic Report Card and watch the video summary.

 

Tipping Elements, Irreversibility and Abrupt Change - Permafrost

The third event in the discussion series on tipping elements focused on permafrost and took place on 17 January 2022, 16:00-17:30 CET.

It included two excellent talks:

  • An update on permafrost tipping – Hanne Hvidtfeld Christiansen
  • Model insight on permafrost change  - Gustaf Hugelius

The video recording and the slides from the talks are now available on our event site..

GEWEX Pan-Gass meeting

The GEWEX Global Atmospheric System Studies Panel (GASS) will hold its 3rd Pan-GASS Meeting, Understanding and Modeling Atmospheric Processes (UMAP 2022) in Monterey, CA, USA, from 25-29 July 2022. The program will include all aspects and methods of model development from deterministic numerics to stochastic forcing; process modeling to parametrization; observational constraints to diagnostic techniques; and idealized modeling to operational forecasting and climate predictions. The purpose of the

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CliC round 1

The Climate and Cryosphere  project (CliC) of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) announces an open call for CliC Grants 2021.

The goal of CliC fellowships and grants is to increase the engagement of Early Career Scientists in CliC activities and to promote participation of scientists from regions currently underrepresented in CliC, i.e., South America, Asia and Africa.

Deadline: 21 January 2022 at 13:00 (UTC)
To know more and apply, click here

 

CliC Annual Report 2020

 

 

Even amidst the pandemic, 2020 was a productive year for the  Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) community. The Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) annual report highlights some of CliC's progress and achievements during the past year. The report also covers the outputs resulting from the WCRP Grand Challenge on Melting Ice and Global Consequences.

To download the report, click here and to know more about CliC activities, visit the CliC Core Project website.

ESA’s Living Planet symposium

 

Two relevant sessions, on The role of Earth Observation in climate services and Exploring the interface of observations and modelling will be organized during the European Space Agency’s 2022 Living Planet Symposium. Do not miss the deadline for abstracts submission: 26th November 2021.

A dedicated climate day, featuring discussions and events related to Climate relevant observations, modelling, and services will also be organized.

  • The submission portal is available here
  • To visit the
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PMIP 30th Anniversary

The Paleoclimate Modelling Intercomparison Project (PMIP) is celebrating online its 30th anniversary by inviting you to take part in its special 30-hour-long round-the-world marathon across time zones  from 2 to 3 December 2021.

You are invited to register (free but mandatory to get the access to the conference room) for this unique event and its different 1 to 2 hour-long sessions. During the registration process feel free to provide discussion topics or ideas for all the sessions (except the

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At the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) a joint session was hosted by WCRP, IPCC, and Future Earth to discuss risks and consequences of breaching 1.5oC warming, and possible transformation pathways that can guide decision-makers and stakeholders. Five priority actions and/or challenges for our research community regarding the transition to a low carbon society and limiting warming to well below 2oC were identified:

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We invite you to join us for the first WCRP Climate Research Forum for Southern Asia on 30 November 2021 at 9:00 UTC. We have some excellent speakers lined up on the themes of 'integrating societal needs for enabling science into action' and 'climate science challenges and priorities in the Southern Asia region.'

The event is free of charge, but we do ask you to register. For more details, place see the forum webpage.

Southern Asia Climate Research Forum - WCRP