The World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) leads the way in addressing frontier scientific questions related to the coupled climate system — questions that are too large and too complex to be tackled by a single nation, agency, or scientific discipline.

For almost 40 years WCRP has been the leading initiative dedicated to coordinating international climate research and advancing our understanding of the climate system and how it is affected by human activities. The next decade will bring challenges that can only be addressed through a worldwide coordinated effort; involving co-design and stakeholder engagement conducted by a prepared scientific workforce. Society requires decision-relevant, evidence-based climate information to support mitigation strategies and adaptation choices.

To meet these challenges and opportunities over the coming decades, WCRP has developed its decadal Strategic Plan; to ensure that climate science provides the information necessary to achieve a more resilient, sustainable, and equitable world.

Implementing the WCRP Strategy

While the Strategic Plan provides the high-level view of the science, infrastructure, and collaborations needed to ensure our climate science will meet the knowledge and information needs of society; our task since 2019 is to develop a plan for implementing the Strategy.

This requires us to identify and prioritize those critical research activities needed over the next decade to achieve the outcomes and aspirations of our Strategy. It also requires the WCRP community and leadership to rethink how the Programme will organize itself to meet its mission, vision, and objectives. This is a community effort that relies on strong integration across the Programme and with partners.

To find out how to connect with us on this journey, see our connect page.

WCRP Strategic Plan