Here we list the main steps that we have undertaken to develop the WCRP Implementation Plan:
An Extraordinary Session of the WCRP Joint Scientific Committee was held from 30 November to 3 December (open session) and 9 December (closed session) 2020. Community leaders presented the plans of how existing WCRP elements will fit into the new structure (see website for the agenda and documents). It was agreed in principle by the JSC to move forward towards this new structure while understanding that many details still need to be worked out, including how the governance, support, and cross-community communication will work.
September - December 2020
Nominations from across the WCRP community were approved, establishing Lighthouse Activity Science Plan Development Teams and 50+ Regional Focal points from around the world. A substantial number of online meetings took place in this period. A series of Climate Research Forums is planned for the first quarter of 2021. There was also a lot of planning meetings held within the Core Projects and with the leads from the councils and working groups that will combine to form two new homes: 'Earth System Modelling and Observational Capabilities' and 'Regional Climate Information for Societies.'
In early August a call was sent out to WCRP core activities to ask them to nominate representatives to serve as regional focal points for a series of WCRP regional consultations and to serve on Lighthouse Activity science teams. On 13 August 2020, a meeting was held to plan the process of developing the outline of the WCRP Academy (Lighthouse Activity).
13 July 2020
9 — 22 July 2020
From the 9— 22 May 2020 a series of teleconferences were held with the JSC leadership and WCRP core activities to plan the way forward for implementing a proposed new structure and new science activities for WCRP.
18 — 22 May 2020
From the 18— 22 May 2020 the 41st Session of the WCRP Joint Scientific Committee (JSC) was held online. Discussions during the week included consultation over a proposed new WCRP structure and associated elements, including proposed Lighthouse Activities that originated from the Hamburg Workshop in February 2020.
March to May 2020
Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19) a WCRP Structure and Elements Workshop planned for March was canceled. In its place, the JSC Chair Detlef Stammer and Vice-Chair Helen Cleugh, together with the JSC Officers, held a number of consultation calls with core activities across WCRP.
24 — 26 February 2020
The WCRP High-level Science Questions and Flagship Workshop was held in Hamburg, Germany. Representatives of the WCRP science community gathered together to identify the most essential scientific directions for the Programme in the next decade. This resulted in 5 proposed Lighthouse activities. See the Hamburg Report.