Now, more than ever, the world needs climate scientists. A key part of building the climate research workforce needed to address the challenges of this century is broadening access to climate science training. The WCRP Academy Lighthouse Activity is being designed to make positive steps towards giving more scientists access to the training they need. A key pillar of this is an annual, global stocktake of training needs.

We invite climate scientists, those who would like to train in climate science, and training providers to help us take stock of the climate science training that exists and isolate any gaps so that we can make climate science training better and more responsive to the changes that we will face in the next decade and beyond. Find out more and complete the survey on the Academy web pages

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Hindumathi Palanisamy

 We are delighted to announce that Hindumathi Palanisamy joins the WCRP Secretariat.

Hindumathi Palanisamy is an oceanographer specialized in space-based and in-situ ocean observations with a PhD in space oceanography from the University of Toulouse and French Space Agency in France. Prior to joining WCRP Secretariat, Hindumathi was a senior research scientist at the Centre for Climate Research Singapore where she focussed on developing regional sea level research expertise in the South East Asian region. Earlier to that, she worked for the European Space Agency’s Climate Change Initiative- Sea Level Budget Closure project in Toulouse, France.

At the WCRP Secretariat, Hindumathi will be responsible for supporting three of WCRP’s Core Projects, CLIVAR, GEWEX and SPARC. In addition, she will also provide support to other activities of the new WCRP and work closely with the WCRP Secretariat staff.

We invite you to submit your abstract to one of the WCRP co-sponsored American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting science sessions (full list). There are a number of co-sponsored sessions, as well as one on the new WCRP Lighthouse Activity 'Safe Landing Climates.' 

WCRP will have a range of activities taking place, including a WCRP Town Hall, Union/special sessions on the WCRP Academy and My Climate Risk Lighthouse Activities, and other events. 

See our WCRP AGU Fall Meeting 2021 webpage for more information. 

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42 Session of the WCRP's JSC

The 42nd Session of the WCRP Joint Scientific Committee (JSC-42) met remotely from 28 June to 2 July to consider a number of important decisions for the programme, including the approval of plans for the new WCRP Lighthouse Activities, the new “Core Projects” on “Earth System Modelling and Observations” and “Regional Climate Information for Society”. In addition, the Core Projects, Grand Challenges and other major activities reported on their progress towards their science objectives and on how they are strengthening their work in response to WCRP's Strategic Plan 2019-2028.

Discussions in breakout sessions about coordination and communication, science gaps, engagement and need of inclusion and diversity, science partnerships, the impact of WCRP science, and resources were very rich and interesting.

The outcomes of JSC-42 will be considered by the JSC at their closed meeting on 8 July 2021. The reports and presentations are available at


WMO awards IMO prize to Prof. In-Sik Kang

World Meteorological Organization’s Executive Council selected Prof. In-Sik Kang (Seoul National University (SNU), Republic of Korea), member of the World Climate Research Programme Joint Scientific Committee for 2013-2018, as winner of the 66th IMO Prize.

The award cites Prof. Kang’s science achievements, particularly in the field of climate modeling and prediction, and his pioneering contributions to operational and research climate centers, and for nurturing next-generation scientists, including from developing countries.

To read the WMO article, click here