World Climate Research Programme Conference: Science Serves Society

World Climate Research Programme Conference: Science Serves Society

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24 October 2011

The World Climate Research Programme’s Open Science Conference taking place this week aims to increase understanding of the naturally occurring variability and human influenced change in our climate system and its impact on our society and ecosystems.

More than 1 700 of the world’s leading scientists will consider the effects of rising global temperatures on polar regions, glaciers and ice caps, and the oceans. There will be a special focus on extreme events such as heatwaves, droughts and floods. Prospects for predicting the weather and climate months, seasons and even decades ahead, as well as the challenges facing surface and space based observation networks, are among the other topics. See WCRP press release.

“The traditional image of scientists secluded in an ivory tower is now wrong, clearly so for climate scientists,” World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Secretary-General Michel Jarraud told the opening session of the conference in Denver, the United States. He said that decision-making at all levels is increasingly dependent on the availability of supporting climate information, and that the current demand for such information, based on reliable observations and solid science, significantly exceeds the available supply.

Two overarching World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) objectives will be to determine the predictability of climate patterns and the influence of human activities on these patterns, he said. WMO is a co-sponsor of the World Climate Research Programme.

Statement by M. Jarraud, Secretary-General

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