The WCRP Climate Science Week took place last week in San Francisco. The week began on Saturday 7 December 2019 with a WCRP-sponsored Joint Early Career Researcher (ECR) Workshop on Water Cycle in a 1.5° Warmer World: Interdisciplinary Approaches. The workshop was attended by 44 early career researchers and 14 representatives of the WCRP community, who together discussed how ECR research and ideas can best be integrated into the new WCRP Strategic Plan. Please see the associated news article for more information: WCRP Climate Science Week starts with the future of climate science

ECR Workshop 2019

Above: Participants of the Joint Early Career Researcher (ECR) Workshop on Water Cycle in a 1.5° Warmer World: Interdisciplinary Approaches

On Sunday 8 December the WCRP 40th Anniversary Symposium brought together a great line up of speakers to talk about the history, achievements and future vision of WCRP. Highlights included an excellent talk by Kim Cobb on the Climate Change Challenge, a peek into the past with Gordon McBean and Tony Busalacchi, and to the future with an early career presentation by Gaby Langendijk. A new WCRP film premiered at the Symposium and the 2019 prizes for International Model Development and International Data were announced. For the entire program and the presentations please see the WCRP 40th Anniversary Symposium webpage.

WCRP 40th Anniversary Symposium

Above: top left: Kim Cobb's talk on the Climate Change Challenge; top middle: Recipients of the WCRP/GCOS International Data Prizes for 2019, Phu Nguyen and Hamed Ashouri, with (from left) Pavel Kabat (WMO Chief Scientist), Detlef Stammer (WCRP Joint Scientific Committee (JSC) Chair), Stephen Briggs (Global Climate Observing System Chair), Helen Cleugh (WCRP JSC Vice-chair); top right: Detlef Stammer cutting the WCRP 40th Anniversary Cake; bottom left; Symposium guests; bottom right: Banner thanking Symposium sponsors.

Throughout the week there were many WCRP-related activities, including a number of science sessions, town halls, a Union Session and an exhibition booth that together gave the feeling of a WCRP community within the wider AGU community. In addition, there were excellent discussions around priority areas of future climate research, which were noted and will be used as input to upcoming WCRP workshops aimed at implementing the WCRP Strategic Plan 2019-2028. On behalf of the WCRP Climate Science Week Organizing Committee, we thank everyone that put so much time and energy into making the week a success. 

WCRP Climate Science Week

Above: top (left to right): Paul Valdes, Graeme Stephens and Neil Harris (Town Hall 1); Andy Robertson and Nicole Lovenduski (Town Hall 2); L. Ruby Leung and Joellen Russell (Town Hall 3); Teresa Sprague (Town Hall 4). Middle: Town Hall 4 (photo: Lars Henrik Smedsrud) and Union Session. Bottom: The WCRP Exhibition Booth.