'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

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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