WCRP Union Session

Climate Research for The 21st Century: from Challenges and Opportunities to Implementation

Friday, 13 December 2019 (to be confirmed)

Since its inception 40 years ago, the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) has played a unique role in facilitating the analysis and prediction of the Earth system variability and change with its mission to determine to what extent climate can be predicted and the extent of human influence on climate. Climate science has evolved substantially since then, through advances in fundamental science and innovation in observations and simulations. Everything from satellites to supercomputers have revolutionized our understanding and prediction of the climate with ever-increasing skill. Climate science now engages many different disciplines towards an integrated Earth system approach.

Acting as the recognized international voice for climate science, WCRP is seeking wide community engagement to implement its WCRP Strategic Plan and to play its advocacy and convening role, interacting with partner programmes, research funders and governments to maintain a vibrant research portfolio, to enthuse the next generation of science leaders and to ensure that society has access to the best possible science.

See the abstract in the AGU Program.

Please also see the sister session coordinated by our partners the  US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP): WCRP-Progress in Earth system Climate Science and Predictions by USGCRP

Main WCRP Secretariat contact: Michel Rixen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

(Image credit: NASA, 2014)