Most of the papers in the CMIP6 Experimental Design and Organization special issue of Geoscientific Model Development (GMD) have now been finalized, with a few still waiting on final submission confirmation. Papers included in this special issue are listed below and can be accessed on the GMD website. This special issue is a fantastic achievement by the CMIP6 Community and shows the extent of the project's capabilities.

Frédéric Vitart et al. 2016

A database containing sub-seasonal to seasonal forecasts from 11 operational centres is available to the research community and will help advance our understanding of the sub-seasonal to seasonal time range. The S2S database represents an important tool to advance our understanding of the sub-seasonal to seasonal time range. In particular, this database will help identify common successes and shortcomings in the model simulation and prediction of sources of sub-seasonal to seasonal predictability and is an important tool for case studies of extreme events. For more see the full article in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (Early Online Release) (OPEN ACCESS).

PIXABAYsatellite-67718 1280Adrian Simmons et al., 2016

A report in response to a request by the Committee on Space Research of the International Council for Science to prepare a roadmap on observation and integrated Earth-system science for the coming ten years. Its focus is on the combined use of observations and modelling to address the functioning, predictability and projected evolution of interacting components of the Earth system on timescales out to a century or so. It discusses how observations support integrated Earth-system science and its applications, and identifies planned enhancements to the contributing observing systems and other requirements for observations and their processing. A set of concluding discussions covers general developmental needs, requirements for continuity of space-based observing systems, further long-term requirements for observations and other data, technological advances and data challenges, and the importance of enhanced international co-operation. For more see the full article in Advances in Space Research (Volume 57, Issue 10) (OPEN ACCESS).