WCRP are looking for self-nominations

WCRP is performing several consultations as part of its new WCRP implementation plan, and the input from its modeling and data groups is essential.

Councils Co-chairs have been requested by the JSC to provide:

1) nominees to be part of the task teams that will develop the proposed Lighthouse Activities (LHA) science plans. 

LHA are intended to be:

  • Major experiments, high-visibility projects, infrastructure building blocks
  • Activities that truly bring together the capabilities (scientific, technical, infrastructure) from across the whole of WCRP and with partners.

The initial provisional Lighthouse Activities were developed during the Hamburg February 2020 workshop, https://www.wcrp-climate.org/WCRP-publications/2020/0220-WCRP_Hamburg_Workshop_Report.pdf .

We are seeking (self-)nominations from our modeling and data community members to join the teams charged with developing the respective full Lighthouse Activity Science Plans. There are five LHA ready to advance to this step, which means we need to nominate up to 10 from our community to support this task (i.e. 2 per Lighthouse). We are in particular looking for under represented groups and early/mid career scientists!!

Please send your nomination to M. Rixen (mrixen@wmo.int) by 31st August, 2020 and provide a short paragraph explaining the rationale for your nomination and include your name, the LHA you are interested in, home nation, and if you are an Early or Mid-Career researcher. 


2) nominees to act as Regional Focal Points for each of the Regions listed in the table below 

The attached Discussion Note provides an overview and description of the Regional Consultations; i.e. their purpose, audience, mode, and approach. Briefly, our goal is to engage, through these regional consultations, with the WCRP community, partners, stakeholders as well as the wider climate science communities in ways that was not possible during the previous small meetings. We will use these discussions to explain the WCRP Strategy, implementation plan and process, proposed draft structure, and new proposed science activities. This engagement will be done via a series of Virtual Townhall (VTH) meetings around the world – this is what is referred to as Regional Consultations.

To make these happen, we seek volunteers or (self-)nominees to act as Regional Focal Points (RFP) for each of the Regions listed in the table below (we are hoping for 2 – 3 per Region). The task for these RFPs is to form a “local organising committee” for each Region, drawing on WCRP and other networks, and work with this committee to roll out the Regional Consultation. The WCRP can provide administrative and logistic support via our WCRP Secretariat (Beatriz from CORA will be supporting them in this task) and our International Project Offices.

The aim is to roll these out according to the approximate timeline in the following Table:



Unless otherwise indicated, the individual nations in these regions follow the UN protocol as explained at https://unstats.un.org/unsd/methodology/m49/

Tentative Timing for VTH(s)
A.    Group 1: Africa [Northern, Eastern, Middle, Southern and Western] September, 2020
B.    Group 4: Oceania and Asia

  • Oceania (note that this includes Australia and NZ)
  • South-eastern Asia
  • Eastern Asia [China, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Japan, Mongolia, Republic of Korea]
  • Southern Asia [Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka]
September, 2020
C.    Group 2: South America October, 2020
D.    Group 3: North [incl. Greenland] and Central America and the Caribbean October 2020
E.    Group 5: Europe [Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western] plus Western Asia November 2020

Please provide a short paragraph to M. Rixen (mrixen@wmo.int) explaining the rationale for your nomination and include your name, your Region, home nation, and if you are an Early or Mid-Career researcher ASAP. The nominations will close as soon as suitable candidates have been identified

Regional Consultation Description