WCRP at SBSTA50 2019

WCRP provided multiple inputs to the 50th Session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), including to the opening Plenary Session and the Session's Research Dialogue. Click the headline for the full report.

WCRP Strategic Plan Cover finalWe are delighted to report that the WCRP Strategic Plan 2019-2028 has now been approved by all three WCRP sponsors, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the International Science Council (ISC) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO). Click the heading above for further information.

SCAR WMO Fellowship logo WMO launches a joint WMO/SCAR fellowship program for early career scientists from developing nations conducting Antarctic research. The deadline for fellowship applications is 17 July 2019. Click the headline for details.
WMO Cg18 OceanDialogueThe 18th World Meteorological Congress' Research Day focused on the world's oceans as well as connections between WMO, WCRP, their partner organizations, climate projections, and policy. Click the headline for details.
ipcc logoThe Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has opened to expert review the first order draft of the Working Group I contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). Prospective expert reviewers can self-nominate until 16 June 2019 for the review period closing 23 June 2019. Click the headline for details.
WCRP Logo WCRP is calling for (self-)nominations for membership in six of its expert panels, namely both Advisory Councils (WDAC and WMAC), three Working Groups (WGCM, WGSIP, WGNE) and the CORDEX Science Advisory Team. New members are sought in each panel for a four-year term from January 2020 to December 2023. Nominations should be submitted via an online nomination form by 20 June 2019. To read more, click the headline above.

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The leaders of 37 United Nations organizations called on their member states to "step up ambition and take concrete action" to limit global temperature increase from climate change, and to report on concrete measures at the UN Secretary-General's Climate Action Summit in September 2019. Click the headline for details.
Photo of Thomas Stocker giving Lecture at WCRP JSC / WMOWithin the WCRP Joint Scientific Committee's annual meeting, Professor Thomas Stocker from the University of Bern gave a public science lecture on "The Climate of Tomorrow: Building the Knowledge for Earth Stewardship". His presentation inaugurated a new World Meteorological Organization public science lecture series. Click the headline for details.

JSC-40 meeting participantsThe 40th Session of WCRP's Joint Scientific Committee (JSC) was opened yesterday, Monday 6 May, at WMO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Click the headline to read more.

The inaugural WMO Public Science Lecture was co-organized with WCRP and took place at WMO Headquarters in Geneva on 8 May 2019 at 16:00. Thomas Stocker, Professor of Climate and Environmental Physics at the University of Bern presented a lecture entitled: "The Climate of Tomorrow: Building the Knowledge for Earth Stewardship." For full details and recordings, see the news item on the WCRP homepage.

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Abstract submission for the 4th International Conference on Regional Climate (ICRC)-Coordinated Regional Climate Downscaling Experiment (CORDEX) 2019 has been extended to 30 May. The conference will be held in Beijing, China, from 14-18 October 2019 and will bring together the international community to discuss regional climate research and to share the latest progress on regional climate modeling for impact and adaptation planning. Click the heading above for more information. 

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Photo of WMO buildingThe World Meteorological Organization is calling for applications for membership of its proposed Scientific Advisory Panel. The deadline for nominations and self-nominations, to be addressed to the WMO Secretariat, is 31 May. Click the headline for details.

Under the auspices of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) Working Group on Coupled Modelling (WGCM), hundreds of climate researchers in modelling centres around the world are working to share, compare and analyse the latest results of global climate and Earth system models. Early results of the 6th phase of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP6) are now available and were discussed at the first CMIP6 Model Analysis Workshop held recently in Barcelona. For more information, please


Registration is now open for the Science Policy Forum, organized by the International Science Council (ISC), the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), the UNISDR Science Technology Advisory Group (STAG) and the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) programme, which will take place on 13 – 14 May in Geneva, as part of the preparatory meetings for the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction. Please click the heading above for more information.

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On the occasion of its 40th Anniversary, the WCRP will be coordinating a Climate Science Week at the AGU Fall Meeting 2019. To find out how to get involved, please click the heading above.

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Photo of WMO Secretary General and its Chief Scientist meeting the UN Secretary-General WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas and WMO Chief Scientist and Director Research Pavel Kabat have met with United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres to announce the official release of WMO's Statement on the State of the Global Climate in 2018. Click the headline for details.

The deadline for applications for the Institute of Advanced Studies in Climate Extremes and Risk Management will now close on 11 April 2019.  The school will take place from 21 October to 1 November 2019 at Nanjing University of Science and Technology (NUIST), China.

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The Advanced School and Workshop on American Monsoons will take place from 19-24 August 2019 in São Paulo, Brazil. It will bring together scientists and students to present and discuss research on the American monsoons and their role in the global monsoon system and to plan future activities. To learn more click the headline above.

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Abstract submission and registrations are now open for the ICRC-CORDEX 2019 conference taking place in October in Beijing, China. The deadline for abstract submissions is April 30, 2019. Click the headline to learn more about the conference and how to submit an abstract.

A special collection entitled “The Earth’s energy imbalance and its implications” will be included in the Journal of Climate and all other journals of the American Meteorological Society. To find out more, click the heading above.


IPCCThe Working Group 1 (WG1) contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 6th Assessment Report (AR6) is seeking further author contributions in some key areas. Click the headline above for more details.

Portrait of prize winner James RenwickOn Tuesday 12 March, WCRP expert James Renwick has been awarded the New Zealand 2018 Prime Minister’s Science Communication Prize. James is both a valued active member of the WCRP and WMO community as well as internationally recognized for his exemplary approach to science communication. Click the headline to learn more.

Julia SlingoNature Climate Change talks to Dame Julia Slingo, leader of the Review of the World Climate Research Programme, about the achievements and future directions of WCRP. To read more click the heading above.

Hanover, Germany | October 9-11, 2019

Registration is open now for the Herrenhausen Conference "Extreme Events: Building Climate Resilient Societies". For more information, click the heading above.

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We are delighted to announce that the WCRP Joint Scientific Committee (JSC) has elected Professor Detlef Stammer as its Chair and Dr Helen Cleugh as its Vice-chair for two years. For more information, click the heading above.

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