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ISC joins WCRP in celebrating its 40th year of international climate science

The World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) opened its 40th anniversary with a Symposium, which showcased the many successes of the community over the last four decades, and highlighted some of the challenges and opportunities that climate science faces now and will face in the future.

Since its creation in 1979, WCRP considerably advanced research on climate predictability and human influence on climate, equipping decision-makers with essential information on climate-risk management, adaptation planning, and impacts and vulnerabilities assessment.

“WCRP has had a unique and primary role in the international coordination of climate research activities and organization of projects that need and/or benefit from global scale or multi-national involvement and support,” Antonio Busalacchi, President of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR).

Today, WCRP is entering a new phase of development to ensure that it is prepared for this future, recently launching its Strategic Plan 2019-2028. This Symposium commences a series of sessions and events that will bring this future focus together in a “Climate Science Week”.

ISC Secretary Alik Ismail-Zadeh expressed support for the critical work of WCRP in his opening speech:

“The ISC hopes that WCRP will pursue its mission in advancing climate science for the greater benefits of the society, and that the programme will continue to be recognized as an influential collective voice for climate science. The ISC is committed to support WCRP in delivering its strategic ambitions.”

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