WCRP needs your help!

Now, more than ever, the world needs climate scientists. A key part of building the climate research workforce needed to address the challenges of this century is broadening access to climate science training. The WCRP Academy is one of the new lighthouse activities of the World Climate Research Programme, designed to make positive steps towards giving more scientists access to the training they need.

“To meet the challenges and explore the opportunities of our changing climate, our scientists will need a strong understanding of climate from an Earth systems perspective, will need a more interdisciplinary understanding of the problems faced, will need to understand better how their science can be used in decision making, and will need to know how to communicate it to a broad audience. This will require training  not only of our early career scientists, who will lead the way, but of all climate scientists.”

Detlef Stammer and Helen Cleugh, Chair and Vice-Chair of the WCRP Joint Scientific Committee

A key pillar of the WCRP Academy is an annual, global stock-take of training needs. We invite you to participate in the first survey. 

Complete the survey now.

Who is the survey for?

The survey is for anyone who is currently a climate scientist or those looking to become one, through formal or informal training. We want to hear from people at different stages of their career to get a broad picture of where gaps exist so that we can help the community fill those gaps.

What will my responses be used for?

Our aim is to produce an open, peer-reviewed publication on the results of the stock-take. We hope that this will be a great new resource for training providers to understand training needs with the ultimate aim of making existing training available to more parts of the community and to stimulate institutions to develop new training.

What’s in it for me?

We hope that you will see the need for this kind of information to be available in the public domain. Particularly for Early Career Researchers, this is your chance to have your collective voice heard. Tell us what training you need, and we will do our best to help that training to happen. 

In addition, 10 respondents, from those who have entered their name and email address, will be randomly selected to win complimentary registrations for the WCRP Open Science Conference 2023 (can be donated to an early career researcher). Please note that WCRP key contributors are not eligible for the draw.

How do I participate?

The survey link is here: Complete the survey now and will be open until 26 November 2021. The survey should take no more than 30 minutes to complete. 


For any questions, please do contact wcrp-academy@wcrp-climate.org. For more details please see the WCRP Academy or the Survey.



German TV interviews CORDEX co-chair about the release of information sheets based on EURO-CORDEX simulations

The national German TV channel “ARD” contacted GERICS after hearing about the release of the  “Klimaausblicke” (Climate outlooks). In   the news item the reporter says that the data describing climate change in Germany has remained rather coarse in the past. This has now been changed by the publication of the analysis of climate data for each of the German counties by the Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon / GERICS.

Altogether, 401   “Klimaausblicke” (Climate outlooks) can be downloaded for free to enable counties to prepare for the future.

Daniela Jacob says German counties now have access to detailed knowledge about possible future climate change, which needs to be considered for future planning.  No-one in Germany may say in the future: I didn’t know this.

The “Klimaausblicke” are based on 85 climate simulations (from the EURO-CORDEX community). Different scenarios, which depend on future climate mitigation, have been investigated,.

As an example, climate change information for different indices are given for the city of Karlsruhe located in South-Western Germany for RCP4.5 – representing a ‘middle’ emission concentration development.

Norbert Hacker, head of environment protection and work safety   in Karlsruhe, another guest on this news item talked about the consequences of present day climate change impacts and strategies, e.g., the dying of trees due to droughts and possible measures like watering trees in the city.

To sum up, it is mentioned that the “Klimaausblicke” are based on model simulations for this century carried out in a European effort. The spread shows that future climate change could be stronger or weaker dependent on our mitigation efforts.

After the release of “Klimaausblicke”, Daniela Jacob says that mitigating climate change is essential and that it is now obvious which consequences and related costs can be avoided by mitigating climate change.



TV-Spot of ARD (German television): https://www.tagesschau.de/multimedia/video/video-886911.html

GERICS press release: https://gerics.de/about/news_and_events/news/102260/index.php.en

GERICS product page (German only): https://gerics.de/products_and_publications/fact_sheets/landkreise/index.php.de

Interactive map: https://interaktiv.morgenpost.de/klimawandel-hitze-starkregen-deutschland-karte/



The 42nd Session of the WCRP Joint Scientific Committee (JSC-42)

Today will be the last day of the the 42nd Session of the WCRP Joint Scientific Committee (JSC-42). It has so far been a week with interesting discussions on further scientific, coordinative and communicative development.

The aim has been to, among others, approve and  plan for the new Lighthouse Activities,  the new ‘CORE Projects’ “Earth System Modelling and Observations” and “Regional Climate Information for Society (RIfS)” and of course discuss progress and plans for the already established Core Projects, Grand Challenges and other major activities.

Daniela Jacob, co-chair of CORDEX Science Advisory Team (SAT), on behalf of the CORDEX community held a presentation on CORDEX latest achievements, upcoming activities and scientific priorities as well as CORDEX contributions to RIfS.  Please see the CORDEX report and presentation at JSC-42 for more details.

For more information on JSC-42, please visit https://www.wcrp-climate.org/jsc42-about.

We look forward to further strengthen the CORDEX community involvement and to continued and increased cooperation and exchange across WCRP activities!