Today, WCRP salutes our women in climate science. They can be found working from the depths of our oceans to the top of the stratosphere; from the Antarctic to the Arctic; from the high plains of the Third Pole to tropical rainforests. They have significantly contributed to deep process understanding of the Earth’s climate system; their analyses have shown how our climate has changed in the past; and they are developing the modelling systems and tools that enable us to know what the future climate might be – so that society can choose a sustainable climate future. From our early career researchers, technicians, communicators, and knowledge brokers to our most senior and experienced scientists and science leaders – we acknowledge your contribution and thank you for the role that you are playing in achieving WCRP’s vision and mission.
However, we also know that much still needs to be done to ensure that WCRP is inclusive across all genders, nations, and regions of the world, career stages, scientific disciplines, and cultures. We are committed to working with our partners, our funders and institutions, and our community to be more inclusive. This is so important because solving society’s most pressing climate challenges requires the world’s best minds and breadth of skills. We need all of our research community to be able to engage in a world climate research programme.
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, and engage with programmes like WCRP. Here’s what they have to say:
Click on a photo to watch a video message from each researcher (YouTube):
Thanks to all of you for taking the time to make these videos.