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.

The  final agenda can be accessed here.

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To download the presentations, click 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 major new challenges for climate research by exploring opportunities for climate modelling that exist now and into the coming decades. Major new modelling challenges arise from the need to provide ever more detailed and actionable climate change information to society and decision makers whilst continuing to support advancements in  climate science, including improved process understanding and modelling developments.

Participants have been invited from across our community, and sessions will consist of invited presentations delivered by a diverse group of speakers with different science and applications backgrounds, career stages and geographic regions, representing state-of-the-art modelling efforts from within and outside WCRP to provide a broad perspective and innovative views.

Some questions that will be addressed and discussed during the workshop include:

  • What are the main priorities for climate model improvements and developments?
  • What are the main model requirements to cope with societal needs for climate information?
  • Which technical developments are required to cope with future hardware generations?
  • How does WCRP needs to adjust its modelling approaches to meet scientific and societal challenges?

The outcome of the workshop will be also be compiled in form of a perspective piece to be published in a major journal as well as input into the strategic planning process of WCRP science programme. Thereby the aim will be to guide future science explorations and its wider communication with specific focus on WCRP.

We also want your input. We have created a very short survey ( that will help us gather information that would inform this workshop and WCRP’s strategy for future climate modelling. Please provide your input by Monday 21st March.