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September, 2016

Over the next few months we intend to prepare a useful and accessible WCRP summary document.  We hope the document will serve three purposes: a brief summary of recent accomplishments and impact, a ‘review’ document to meet the needs of the up-coming International Council for Science (ICSU) review of WCRP, and a WCRP outlook for the next several years recognising present and future challenges especially as influenced by the Paris climate agreement.

Artboard 1media2September, 2016

Print and broadcast media and the blogosphere carry urgent news about the climate system: global atmospheric CO2 at record high levels (above 400 ppm), another consecutive month of record warmth in surface air temperatures, recent extreme flood and drought events in many locations (even if the western press focuses primarily on Louisiana), reduced coverage of Arctic sea ice (seriously low but not ‘off the charts’ if you follow the Alfred-Wegener-Institut (AWI) / University of Bremen product), and the list goes on.