WCRP NEWS: October 2019 (13)
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In this issue:
  • WCRP 40th Anniversary Symposium: register now!
  • Landmark "United in Science" report informs Climate Action Summit
  • Global Research and Action Agenda on Cities and Climate Change Science
  • Analysis Platforms for CMIP6 and CORDEX
  • Special issues, upcoming and recent events
  • Selected community news
WCRP 40th Anniversary Symposium

WCRP is celebrating its 40th year of international climate science. We invite you to join us for a Symposium, which will showcase the many successes of our community over the last four decades and highlight some of the challenges and opportunities that climate science faces now and will face in the future.

WCRP is entering a new phase of development to ensure that it is prepared for this future, recently launching its Strategic Plan 2019-2028. This Symposium will include a series of sessions and events that will bring this future focus together in a “Climate Science Week”, a joint effort between WCRP and AGU’s 100th Anniversary Symposium.

This event is free of charge. Please register now on the WCRP website.

Landmark "United in Science" report informs
Climate Action Summit
United in Science
WCRP Joint Scientific Committee chair Detlef Stammer provided a statement at the launch event of a new synthesis report by UN agencies and international initiatives in climate research on 22 September 2019. The report, entitled "United in Science", was coordinated by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and underlines the glaring and growing gap between agreed targets to tackle global warming and reality. More details are provided here.
Global Research and Action Agenda on
Cities and Climate Change Science
Global Research and Action Agenda on Cities and Climate Change Science
The Global Research and Action Agenda on Cities and Climate Change Science showcases the important role cities play in terms of climate impact and opportunities to address it, as well as the breadth of knowledge needed to support decision-makers and urban practitioners to tackle these challenges. It is the primary outcome of the Cities and Climate Science Conference that was held in Edmonton, Canada, in 2018. More information and both the full and abridged versions of the report are available here.
Analysis Platforms for CMIP6 and CORDEX

Apply for a virtual workspace where you can directly access computational facilities to analyze CMIP and CORDEX data, as part of the European Network for Earth System Modelling (ENES) e-infrastructure project IS-ENES3. Data near processing capabilities at the CNRS-IPSL, CMCC, DKRZ, and UKRI STFC-JASMIN centers will be made accessible to a broader user community starting 16 September 2020 through the new Trans-National Access (TNA) service. For more information see the ENES website
Application Deadline: 31 October 2019.

European Network for Earth System Modelling (ENES) e-infrastructure project
Special Issues
Special Issues
Please consider contributing to the following special issues:
Upcoming WCRP events
       Also, see our community calendar.
International Conference on Regional Climate
14-18 October 2019, Beijing

The International Conference on Regional Climate, ICRC-CORDEX 2019 is ramping up to be an exciting event. Including:
  • Sessions on CORDEX, advances in regional downscaling, coupled models, climate change impacts, urban climate, high mountain environments, third pole environments and more. See the draft program
  • Early career scientists - you can register to be a rapporteur or assistant at the conference and grow your science communication skills. 
  • Early Career Scientist Event, including an expert presentation on ‘from CORDEX data to information and user interaction’ – 16 October 2019 
  • Side Event on "Future Risk, Future Earth" - an open platform for scientific communities from across science disciplines on extreme events, disaster risk reduction, and governance – 17 October 2019
Register now on the conference website. 
Image: China National Convention Center
Institute of Advanced Studies in Climate Extremes
and Risk Management
WCRP, together with partner programmes, brings together our present and future leaders in the field of climate science and risk management. The Institute of Advanced Studies in Climate Extremes and Risk Management aims to provide a collaborative environment for world-leading experts and early career researchers to learn from each other and develop integrative studies across the fundamental climate science and disaster risk reduction research.

This educational event takes place from 21 October to 1 November 2019 at the Nanjing University of Science and Technology (NUIST), China, jointly sponsored by the NUIST, WCRP, Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN), Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR), SysTem for Analysis, Research and Training (START) and many other partners.  More than 30 selected early career researchers and leading experts will work together - through lectures and daily practices - to deepen their understanding of past and future climate changes and uncertainty in projections. They will work to improve the flow of knowledge between climate research and risk management through tailored information services. For more information, including the relevant references and study material, please see the website.
Extremes and Risks
Image: Oppenheimer et al. 2014; Fig. 19.1.
Recent WCRP events
Numerical Experimentation embarks on Earth system model development

The 34th session of the Working Group on Numerical Experimentation (WGNE) was held on 24-27 September 2019 in Offenbach, Germany, and kindly hosted by the Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD). Members agreed on the necessary evolution of WGNE into a broader Earth System Model development group across weather-climate time scales. Further information on proceedings can be found here.
WGNE34 Group Photo
Image: Daniel Egerer, DWD
The Chemistry-Climate Model Initiative (CCMI) Summer School: ‘Earth System Modelling and Observations to Study Earth in a Changing Climate’

In advance of their Science Workshop, the CCMI activity held a summer school on the campus of the Chinese University of Hong Kong focused on atmospheric chemistry as a component of the Earth System and the representation of processes in numerical models. You can read more here.
Chemistry-Climate Model Initiative (CCMI) Summer School
Image: Ka Ming Fung
ICTP-CLIVAR Summer School on Oceanic Eastern Boundary Upwelling Systems

The ICTP-CLIVAR Summer School on Oceanic Eastern Boundary Upwelling Systems took place from 15 to 19 July 2019 in Trieste, Italy. The research school aimed at stimulating discussion and new ideas concerning the mechanisms that influence the responses of Eastern Boundary Upwelling Systems to climate variability and change. You can read more about the summer school here.

ICTP - International Centre for Theoretical Physics
ICTP-CLIVAR Summer School Group Photo
Selected community news
  • The GEWEX Data and Analysis Panel (GDAP) has released the GDAP Integrated Product, which provides high spatial and temporal resolution products for water and energy process understanding. For more on the Integrated Product, please see page 3 of GEWEX News.
  • The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report highlights the urgency of prioritizing timely, ambitious and coordinated action to address unprecedented and enduring changes in the ocean and cryosphere. More here.
  • Registration is now open for the World Science Forum 2019, which will take place between 20-23 November in Budapest, under the title “Science, Ethics, and Responsibility”. More information is available here.
  • The Global Sustainable Development Report 2019 calls for urgent, targeted action to avoid reversing the development gains of recent decades. Find out more here.
  • UNESCO launches a global programme to train 200,000 youth on climate and biodiversity skills. Find out more here.
  • PAGES is pleased to be involved in the first version of a crowdsourced reporting standard for paleoclimate data - PaCTS - designed to help minimize data wrangling. Read about PaCTS in a new paper from Deborah Khider et al. in Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology.
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