2nd Climate Observation Conference

The second GCOS Climate Observation Conference (17-19 October 2022, Darmstadt, Germany) will focus on activities and solutions that help to achieve a fully implemented, sustainable, and fit for purpose global observing system for climate. The Conference will also provide the occasion to celebrate GCOS 30th Anniversary and take stock of the progress achieved by the global observing community in the last three decades. The Conference will be in person, even though hybrid options will be made


6th WGNE Workshop on Systematic Errors in Weather and Climate Models

The WCRP Working Group on Numerical Experimentation (WGNE) organises a hybrid workshop on systematic errors in weather and climate models, hosted by the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), in Reading (UK) on 31 October - 4 November 2022. The workshop brings together a wide range of experts on simulating the Earth System including atmosphere, ocean, waves, land-surface, atmospheric composition, cryosphere, and associated disciplines to advance the understanding of

Tipping Elements, Irreversibility, and Abrupt Change Discussion Series

7 APRIL 16:30 - 18:00 CEST

We invite you to join AIMES, the Earth Commission, Future Earth, and WCRP Safe Landing Climates Lighthouse Activity for an upcoming event in our discussion series aimed at advancing knowledge on tipping elements, irreversibility, and abrupt changes in the Earth system. To register for the event, please see the event site.

Human and Earth System Interlinkages

A virtual summer school on 'Attribution, causality, and decision-making' in climate variability and change will run from 6-10 June 2022. Topics will include event attribution, trend attribution, philosophical issues in attribution, causality, and decision-making. The summer school is run by the joint Reading-Imperial Ph.D. programme, “Mathematics of Planet Earth,” and is co-sponsored by WCRP, through the My Climate Risk (MCR) Lighthouse Activity, and by the Walker Institute (a planned MCR


43rd Joint Scientific Committee meeting (JSC-43)

The main session of the 43rd Joint Scientific Committee meeting (JSC-43) will be held virtually during 27 June- July 1, with a JSC-only meeting to be held around a week later.

Attendance at this virtual JSC-43 is by invitation only. Should you wish to attend please contact Mike Sparrow (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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The WCRP My Climate Risk Lighthouse Activity invites interested researchers to nominate themselves for its Scientific Steering Group (SSG), which is responsible for the overall scientific direction of the activity. To find out more and to apply, please see the open call webpage.

MCR Structure Membership

My Climate Risk Structure

save date WCRP OSC 2023

WCRP is delighted to announce that the WCRP Open Science Conference (OSC) 2023 (#WCRP2023) will take place in Kigali, Rwanda on 23-27 October 2023, at the Kigali Convention Centre.

The Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA), on behalf of the Government of Rwanda, provided a strong proposal to host the WCRP OSC 2023 in Kigali and will support WCRP to deliver a true hybrid event. This event at the heart of the African continent will allow strong engagement with research communities,

The new WCRP Core Project on Earth System Modelling and Observations (ESMO) is organising next week a virtual workshop on “The Future of Climate Modelling”.  There will be 4 sessions on 21-24 March, at 20:00hs – 23:00hs UTC, streamed live on the WCRP Youtube channel. A near final agenda can be accessed here.

The main goal of the workshop will be to identify the key contemporary challenges for climate modelling and to plot a course forward from present practices that will allow us to rise to


 7th SPARC General Assembly

SPARC (Stratosphere-troposphere Processes And their Role in Climate) is holding its 7th General Assembly (GA) from 24th to 28th October 2022. The format of the SPARC GA will be different from past GAs, as it will be on a multi-hub basis with three locations (hubs) confirmed at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), in Boulder, USA, the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), in Reading, UK, and the First Institute of Oceanography (FIO) in Qingdao, China.

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WMO Prize Challenge to improve Sub-seasonal to Seasonal Predictions using Artificial Intelligence

 We congratulate the winners of the WMO Prize Challenge to improve Sub-seasonal to Seasonal Predictions using Artificial Intelligence!

To know more click the heading above.

On this International Women’s Day, we have spoken to some of our researchers from around the world to find out their views on ways that our institutions and programs like WCRP can help make a difference for women aspiring to have a productive and fulfilling career in climate science. To hear what they have to say, click the heading above.

International Women's Day 2022

March 2022

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The future of CMIP and climate modelling

In this issue of World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) Insights, we focus on the future of climate modelling. There is an ever-increasing demand on climate models to answer questions about what our climate will be like in the next years, decades and centuries. In 2022, the WCRP community will be looking at the best way forward to ensure that we are ready to answer those questions to our best ability.

 International Monsoons Project Office

The World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), the World Weather Research Programme (WWRP), and the International Monsoons Project Office (IMPO) held an online celebratory event on 28 February 2022 to officially launch the IMPO and to highlight the consolidation of monsoon research under WCRP and WWRP. The IMPO is hosted and kindly supported by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM, Pune - India) and will be a global hub of monsoons research.

To view the recording of the event,


We have a nice package of modelling workshops and activities planned in 2022, all part of the new WCRP Earth System Modelling and Observations (ESMO) Core Project. How do they fit together and how will the outcomes shape the future of climate modelling? To find out more, click the heading above.

Modelled ocean currents: NASA

The Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP) is a strong foundation of climate science. Here we talk about CMIP, its new International Project Office, and provide some insights into what you can expect from CMIP in the next years. To read more, click the heading above.

CMIP continuity across different phases

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

"Dear members of the WCRP community,

I am writing to you all today to express my personal dismay about the war of aggression that the Russian government has unleashed on Ukraine and its citizens. I am following here the ISC Governing Board, one of our co-sponsors, which expressed its unequivocal support of the Ukrainian people. The Governing Board also affirms its intention to assist scientists from Ukraine, and to seek to maintain international scientific collaboration amidst geopolitical


WCRP is calling for (self-)nominations for membership of the World Climate Research Programme's Joint Scientific Committee (JSC), for a four-year term from 1 January 2023 to 31 December 2027. This call is now closed.

JSC Membership Call 2022

We are delighted to invite you to the sixth event in the discussion series on tipping elements, this time focusing on the role of monsoon systems. It will take place on 9 March 2022, 15:30 - 17:00 CET. The two talks of the event will be given by:

  • South Asian Monsoon tipping – Ashwin Seshadri
  • African Monsoon and potential greening of the Sahara – Francesco Pausata

The session will be recorded and posted on the event site a day or two after the event. To register for the event, please see the ...