Two new Grand Challenges
Global temperature targets

Opportunities for Early Career Researchers
WCRP NEWS: Jun 2016 (2)
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This WCRP newsletter offers highlights from the recent session of WCRP's Joint Scientific Committee and brief discussion of recent topics and actions relevant to the WCRP community.  We address specifically the various temperature targets emerging from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) processes.  We introduce the WCRP community to YESS - Young Earth System Scientists - and to several new staff members.  We include alert notices for upcoming meeting deadlines.

WCRP Joint Scientific Committee Meeting

The 37th Session of the WCRP JSC (JSC-37) took place from 25 to 27 April 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland. This annual meeting brought together 68 leading scientists, climate experts and planning staff from 18 countries to assess and guide WCRP activities. All the presentations are available here.

Highlights of the meeting include WCRP endorsement of two new Grand Challenges on 'Carbon Feedbacks in the Climate System' and on 'Near-term Climate Prediction', endorsement of the Young Earth System Scientists (YESS) network, a reorganization of regional climate activities and discussions regarding plans for the coming year. Read more about these highlights here.


Thoughts on climate models and global temperature targets

David Carlson shares his thoughts on climate models and temperature targets. While as a climate research community we do not tune our modeling efforts to achieve specific temperature targets, we must be aware that political interest in these targets is high and growing. David shares a letter from Christiana Figueres to WCRP, which attests to the political interest in 1.5°C and 2°C goals. However we proceed, the time for action is now. Read more here.
Read the overview of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 6

WCRP: Fostering future leaders

WCRP encourages current and future leadership in climate science, fostering a sustainable climate research community to empower long-term achievements. To this end, particular efforts are made to engage Early Career Researchers (ECRs) in WCRP activities. Read more about how WCRP works with ECRs here.

New staff

We welcome the following new staff members. Iréne Lake (left) is the new Director of the WCRP International Project Office for CORDEX, hosted by the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI). Ms. Jing Li (middle) joined the International CLIVAR Project Office in Qingdao, China, as a Staff Scientist. Narelle van der Wel (right) joined the WCRP Joint Planning Staff as a Communications Consultant.

Upcoming meeting deadlines

The Cryosphere in a Changing Climate
Summer School on Atmospheric Composition and Dynamics
28 November – 3 December, 2016
Reunion Island
Registration deadline: 12 June 2016
A Connected Ocean
The challenge of observation data integration
11–13 October 2016
Brest, France
Abstract deadline: 25 June 2016
Workshop on Including Water Management in Large Scale Models
28–30 September 2016
Gif-sur-Yvette, France

Registration deadline: 14 July 2016
CLIVAR Open Science Conference
“Charting the Course for Climate
and Ocean Research"
18–25 September 2016
Qingdao, China
Early registration deadline: 15 June 2016
MedCLIVAR 2016 Conference
“Learning from the past, perceiving the present, engaging for the future"
26–30 September 2016
Athens, Greece
Early registration deadline: 15 July 2016
The 4th Polar Prediction Workshop
27–29 March 2017
Bremerhaven, Germany
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Community calendar

Events of special interest to early career researchers
June 2016
1317 6th International HEPPA-SOLARIS Workshop
1317 1st Baltic Earth Conference
1317 7th Workshop of the WMO/OGC Hydrology Domain Working Group
1324 Bergen Summer Research School: the ocean, climate and society
15 12th Kovacs Colloquium
16 Working Group Lead/Co-lead Meeting of the Permafrost Carbon Network at ICOPXI
17 APECS excursion on the Jungfraujoch
1819 Permafrost Young Researchers Workshop at ICOP 11
2022 Earth's Hydrological Sensitivity to Climate Change Workshop: Understanding the sensitivity of hydrological processes to a changing climate
2024 International Conference on Permafrost (ICOP) XI
2024 32nd Conference on Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 22nd Symposium on Boundary Layers and Turbulence, and Third Conference on Biogeosciences
2123 10th Yoram Kaufman Memorial Symposium
2729 2016 International Work-Conference on Time Series (ITISE 2016)
271 Jul Summer School on Aerosol-Cloud Interactions
271 Jul HGF-EDA 4th Alliance Week
271 Jul 17th Conference on Mountain Meteorology
2830 GEWEX-SoilWat Initiative: First Planning Workshop
July 2016
47 CFMIP/WCRP/ICTP Conference on Cloud Processes, Circulation and Climate Sensitivity
1221 Summer School Alpbach 2016: Satellite Observations of the Global Water Cycle
1415 SEACLID/CORDEX Southeast Asia Workshop on Data Analysis and Data Quality
1822 9th International Cloud Modelling Workshop
1822 Fourth International Workshop on the Advances in the Use of Historical Marine Climate Data
1829 Advanced School on Earth System Modelling
1921 2016 Summer Community Meeting: 'Water is life: Societal challenges and enterprose opportunities'
2529 17th International Conference on Clouds and Precipitation
2729 IV APECS-Brazil Symposium: Legacy and Perspectives of the Madrid Protocol: 25-years of history and the next 25-years
307 Aug 41st COSPAR Scientific Assembly
315 Aug Asia Oceania Geosciences Society 13th Annual Meeting
August 2016
610 International Workshop on the Madden-Julian Oscillation
810 Conference on Climate Change Adaptation for Fisheries and Aquaculture
1011 Workshop on Forecasting ENSO Impacts on Marine Ecosystems of the US West Coast
1017 IMBER ClimEco5 Summer School
1519 Joint 21st AMS Satellite Meteorology, Oceanography and Climatology Conference, and 20th Conference on Air-Sea Interaction
2030 SCAR 2016 Open Science Conference
21 APECS Workshop at SCAR 2016
2224 30th Nordic Meteorological Meeting
282 Sep ISSAOS 2016 summer school on 'Advanced Programming Techniques for the Earth System Science'
294 Sep International Symposium on Polar Sea Ice, Polar Climate and Polar Change
September 2016
49 Quadrennial Ozone Symposium
68 Colour and Light in the Ocean from Earth Observation (CLEO): Relevance and Applications Products from Space and Perspectives from Models
68 GEWEX Convection-Permitting Climate Modeling Conference
69 Air-Sea Gas Flux : Progress and Future Prospects
1215 WGNE/SPARC Workshop on Drag Processes and Links to Large Scale Circulation
1216 16th EMS Annual Meeting & 11th European Conference on Applied Climatology (ECAC)
1416 International Symposium on the Whole Atmosphere (ISWA)
1825 CLIVAR Early Career Scientists Symposium
1825 CLIVAR Open Science Conference
1923 Southern Ocean Region Panel Workshop at CLIVAR OSC
2022 Physics Dynamics Coupling in Weather and Climate Models
2528 The Geological Society of America Annual Meeting
2630 MedCLIVAR conference
2630 International Global Atmospheric Chemistry (IGAC) Project 2016 Science Conference
2630 SPARC QBO Workshop 'The QBO and its Global Influence - Past, Present and Future'
2830 Workshop on Including Water Management in Large Scale Models
October 2016
35 GEWEX Global Land/Atmosphere System Study (GLASS) Meeting 2016
35 GEWEX Hydroclimatology Panel (GHP) Meeting 2016
October 2016
57 Planet Ocean Meeting
79 Arctic Circle
913 2016 World Water Congress and Exhibition
1113 A Connected Ocean (ACO) / The challenge of observation data integration
1719 SPARC Data Assimilation Workshop
1921 S-RIP 2016 Workshop
1928 Training School: Convective and volcanic clouds detection, monitoring and modeling
2427 Global Land Project Third Open Science Meeting
2527 8th EGU Leonardo Conference on 'From evaporation to precipitation: The atmospheric moisture transport'
2627 11th MIPAS-IMK/IAA data user meeting
2830 The Graduate Climate Conference
314 Nov 24th SPARC Scientific Steering Group meeting
312 Nov 20th Session of WCRP Working Group on Coupled Modeling
November 2016
24 Model Hierarchies Workshop
23 Northeast Regional Operational Workshop
311 Pan Ocean Remote Sensing Conference
718 WCRP Working Group on Seasonal to Interannual Prediction (WGSIP) Session 18
718 WCRP Working Group on Seasonal to Interannual Prediction (WGSIP) Summer School
711 28th Conference on Severe Local Storms
263 Dec International Conference on African Large River Basins Hydrology
283 Dec Summer School on Atmospheric Composition and Dynamics
January 2017
2226 97th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting: 'Obsevations lead the way'
February 2017
610 GEWEX Scientific Steering Group Meeting 29
1318 International Symposium on the Cryosphere in a Changing Climate
March 2017
2729 4th Polar Prediction Workshop
April 2017
2328 European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2017
May 2017
913 PAGES' 5th Open Science Meeting
July 2017
1015 Regional Sea-level Changes and Coastal Impacts
August 2017
281 Sep Fourth International Conference on Earth System Modelling (4ICESM)
For more information see the WCRP Calendar
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