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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, .

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 ( 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

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 ( 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

CORDEX Science Advisory Team is inviting to open meeting

To be transparent within the organisation and to keep the community engaged CORDEX Science Advisory Team (SAT) would like to invite all CORDEX Points of Contact and Flagship Pilot Studies PIs to attend the SAT meeting on the 22 September. SAT will inform the community about the current work within CORDEX, future plans and there will be time to ask questions.

Below you find a summary of the items discussed during the meeting.

  • Welcome and introduction

All the SAT-members, POCs and FPS PIs introduced themselves.

  • How SAT works

Discusses the most urgent CORDEX issues and also how CORDEX is positioned within WCRP. There are many topics of importance for CORDEX scientific progress, CORDEX experimental design and more operational activities.

The Open SAT meeting is one way to get the various activities in the different CORDEX domains better integrated and an idea is to form working groups for different topics.

Note; After the meeting there has for instance been a wider WCRP community discussing the new Regional Information for Society Home where CORDEX is included.

  • POC responsibilities and possibilities

    Terms of Reference for Points of Contacts:

    CORDEX community, where POCs have an important role, can help bridge the gap in providing actionable climate information to society. It is also important to share lessons learnt and best practices within and across domains.

    Note; During the meeting participants were informaed about the WCRP Regional Consultations/Climate Research Forums where POCs and other local/regional contacts play a central role. The first Forum, Oceania, was held in february.

  • CORDEX White Paper

    The idea is to highlight the future of CORDEX in terms of scientific challenges. It has been circualted for comments which will be answered and considered. The White Paper will be a living document.

Note; The White paper will be published on the web soon.

  • CMIP6 Downscaling Experiment Design

    The draft CORDEX protocol for dynamical downscaling of CMIP6 has been circulated in the community and many have contributed to the document. Over hundred comments have been received and this meeting discussed resolution, variables, archiving etc.

    Note; The Second Order Draft has since been circulated and comments are now being considered.

  • Simulation updates document online

    The overview of all CORDEX simulations is being updated, this is a parallel work with the IPCC Atlas.

    Note; The overview was published on the CORDEX web in December.

  • FPSs and requirements to be/stay endorsed Follow-up and reporting practices

    There are presently 9 endorsed FPSs and seven new propsals were filed at the recent call. They are very valuable for pushing CORDEX in the frontline of the activities of regional science and it is also important that the FPSs follow the guidelines.

Note; New FPSs have been endorsed since the meeting. See more on the FPSs here.

  • The new WCRP

    With the new WCRP reconstruction the Core Projects will most probably be called Homes. Grand Challenges will be dawned and instead there will be the new Lighthouse Activites (LHA); My Climate Risk, Explaining and Prediction Earth System Change, Safe Landing Climates, Digital Earths and WCRP Academy. The WCRP issued calls for self-nominations to the grousp working with elaborating the LHAs.

    Where do CORDEX fit here – a bit unclear and an opportunity. There were lots of discussion around this topic and it is important that the CORDEX community is involved.

    Note; The Homes and LHAs has since developed.. CORDEX will be part of the Home regional Information for Society (RIfS). More information on the structure and Homes can be found here and on the LHAs here.


  • Thanks from co-chairs

The future work within CORDEX was discussed during the replaced SAT-meeting

The face to face CORDEX SAT-meeting that was supposed to be held this year was replaced by three longer online meetings due to COVID19. During the meetings the Science Advisory Team planned the future work within CORDEX, discussing for instance the completion of CORDEX White Paper, CORDEX role within the new WCRP  structure and CORDEX experiment design for dynamic downscaling of CMIP6. The work will continue and the next regular SAT-meeting is scheduled for 2 September.

Virtual Polar CORDEX meeting 2020

The planned face-to-face annual Polar CORDEX meeting on 5-7 October 2020 has been moved to a virtual meeting during the same days. The sessions will be shorter (maximum of two hours per day).  Details for registration will be provided at the beginning of September.

The intention is to hopefully resume face-to-face annual meetings in 2021.

WCRP Programme/Project offices meeting on 29 June

The WCRP International Project Offices (IPOs) and Joint Planning Staff (JPS) meet online regularly and the latest meeting was held on 29 June 2020, hosted by the CORDEX office.

Key activities and status were reported from all the IPOs during the telecon and the JPS reported on plans for the coming Joint Scientific Committee (JSC) meetings.

Iréne Lake, the CORDEX IPO director, presented some of the ongoing CORDEX activities:

  • CORDEX Experiment Design for dynamical and statistical downscaling of CMIP6.
  • CORDEX White Paper on the Future Regional Scientific Challenges for CORDEX.
  • CORDEX workshops on Capacity Development, Flagship Pilot Study meetings and other regional workshops planned for 2020 will either be held online in the fall or postponed until 2021.
  • Three longer online CORDEX Science Advisory Team-meetings were held 25 June, 30 June and 2 July to outline the way ahead.
  • There will shortly be a call for Flagship Pilot Studies announced.


Messages from the telecon included:

  • IPO staffs are gradually returning back to offices depending on the local situation.
  • All WCRP projects/programmes are outlining their roles in the new structure of the WCRP.
  • An extraordinary JSC session will be organised online in Nov/Dec of 2020
  • The JSC-42 will be organised in May/June 2021. Modality and venue are yet to be decided.
  • The WCRP calendar is being finalised with input from all IPOs.
  • Many activities are being postponed to 2021 due to Covid-19 and the possibility to have joint or back-to-back events was raised.
  • The next JPS and IPOs telecon will be organised in September and be chaired by GEWEX office.