European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications

The European Space Agency has been selected by the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) as the host for a new International Project Office, dedicated to supporting the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP). Set to open in September 2021, the new CMIP International Project Office will be based at the agency’s European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications in the UK.

Initiated by WCRP in 1995 and currently in its sixth phase, CMIP brings over 30 climate modelling centres from countries around the world into a single framework. The project enables scientists to validate models by testing how they perform against real-world observations and accurately simulate underlying climate processes.

The need for a dedicated CMIP international office reflects the growing input of CMIP products to the IPCC assessment reports but also the growing worldwide participation from climate modelling groups and their widening use across the research community, in national and climate assessments, by climate services and increasingly, the private sector which requires such information to manage climate risk.

Hosting the CMIP Project Office at ESA strengthens the link between climate observation and modelling prediction communities, and supports a key recommendation from the most recent WCRP review.

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WCRP Regional Sea Level Change and Coastal Impacts Conference

Building on the success of the Sea Level 2017 Meeting in New York, the World Climate Research Program (WCRP) Grand Challenge on “Regional Sea-Level Change and Coastal Impacts” will hold the Sea Level 2022 meeting on 11-15 July, 2022 in Singapore.

The conference will provide an opportunity to share the present status of climate-related sea-level research, and will have a strong focus on application of sea-level science for adaptation and stakeholder needs. The conference will consider the future of sea-level rise research within the new structure of WCRP, including the lighthouse activities and the new “Core Projects” focusing on "Regional Information for Society" and "Earth System Modelling and Observations".

For more information, download the flyer

Register your interest by filling in the form available here.

WCRP Open Science Conference 2023

We are soliciting Expressions of Interest from qualified institutions to host the conference and act as a local organizer. Successful applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.

We are also planning to host two webinars (to cater for different time zones) that will serve as Q&A sessions for those groups, organisations or cities that are interested and may submit expressions of interest

Submitting an Expression of Interest

The bidding process will take place in two stages with initial Letters of Intent due 1 July 2021. At this point it is not necessary to answer everything in detail but rather to provide enough information required for the JSC to identify full invitations. Indications as to how the preparation of the conference can be assisted by a local team would be helpful.

To submit an Expression of Interest, please outline (maximum four pages) how your institution meets the requirements described in the Call for Expressions of Interest.

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26 May 2021, 10:00-13:00 CEST

Please join us for this Sustainability Research & Innovation (SRI) mini-workshop, where we will talk about how we can better relate and translate climate science for societal relevance. WCRP, Future Earth, and the Belmont Forum are working together to bridge research communities with users of scientific information and to identify priorities and joint activities. Please join the discussion. Click the heading for details of how to join.

WCRP SRI Mini Workshop 2021


The WCRP Coordinated Regional Downscaling Experiment (CORDEX) Science Advisory Team (SAT) has developed a White Paper with the purpose of highlighting scientific challenges in regional climate modelling to better inform the decision making process in regions, and for setting the basis for the CORDEX science plan. The White Paper has been open for comments to engage the community in the development of CORDEX and regional climate science and has now been published.

To read the White Paper, click here.

To know more about CORDEX, visit the CORDEX website