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  Highlights of the 30th Session of WGNE 02.04.2015

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The 30th session of the CAS/WCRP Working  Group on Numerical Experimentation was held on 23-26 March 2015 at the new NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction (NCWCP), College Park, Maryland USA. This was also the occasion for celebrating 30 years of achievements by reviewing the history of WGNE in the latest three decades... read more


CORDEX Plans Next Steps for Regional Clmate Modelling  26.03.2015

CORDEX SAT 150226 2The CORDEX Scientific Advisory Team met in February 2015 to plan future activities that will strengthen regional climate modelling across the globe. Today, CORDEX has produced regional climate scenarios that cover most of the world's land regions... read more


WCRP/FP7 EMBRACE Workshop: Call for Abstracts  20.03.2015

The workshop on CMIP5 Model Analysis and Scientific Plans for CMIP6, jointly organized by the WCRP Working Group on Coupled Modelling and the European Commission FP7 project EMBRACE, will take place in Dubrovnik (Croatia) during 20-23 October 2015. Those interested in submitting an abstract are invited to visit the workshop webpage. Deadline for abstracts submission is 13 April 2015

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Science Highlights

Clouds, Circulation and Climate Sensitivity: A Grand Challenge  31.03.2015

RTEmagicC 150331 wolkenbild BS.jpgIn a new article featured in Nature Geoscience, S. Bony and B. Stevens  -plus many other authors- describe the WCRP Grand Challenge on how clouds, circulation and climate interact. This initiative focuses on understanding the role of cloud feedbacks and convective organization in climate, and the factors that control the tropical rain belts and the extratropical storm tracks... read the article

The Climate in Africa in 2013: New WMO Report  05.02.2015

wmo 1147The World Meteorological Organization has issued a report on the Climate in Africa 2013, the first of an annual series of peer-reviewed statements on the continent climate conditions. The report examines temperatures, rainfall and extreme events on the African region which is especially vulnerable to natural climate variability and long-term climate change... read more 

IPCC AR5: Lessons Learnt for Climate Change Research - Final Report Available  02.02.2015

WS WCRP-IPCC Group PictureThe WCRP Joint Scientific Committee (JSC) working closely with WG 1 of the IPCC, organized a meeting on Lessons Learnt from the recently published IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). The meeting took place in September 2014, in Bern, Switzerland, hosted by the International Space Science Institute (ISSI) and with substantial support from the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment read more... The final report is now availabe, click here to download

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WMO Global Framework for Climate Services


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IOC Framework for Ocean Observing