World Climate Research Programme (WCRP)

Programme mondial de recherches sur le climat (PMRC)
Programa Mundial de Investigaciones Climaticas (PMIC)

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Established as a joint programme of B-XB3556 - World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and H-XA1752 - International Council for Science (ICSU). Contribution of E-XE3210 - Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) managed by U-XE0232 - Joint SCOR/IOC Committee on Climatic Changes and the Ocean (CCCO), which ceased to exist in 1992, when E-XE1118 - Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) joined WMO and ICSU in co-sponsoring WCRP under a revised Agreement, which came into effect on 1 Jan 1993.

WCRP had taken over activities of H-XH6295 - Global Atmospheric Research Programme (GARP), which ceased to exist on 1 Jan 1980, when WMO/ICSU Agreement came into effect.

Since Jul 2018, A-XM6956 - International Science Council (ISC) replaced ICSU as sponsoring organization. Scientific guidance is provided by the Joint Scientific Committee for the World Climate Research Programme (JSC/WCRP) – Comité scientifique mixte pour le programme mondial de recherches climatiques, also referred to as Joint WMO/ICSU/IOC Scientific Committee (JSC) – Comité scientifique mixte OMM/CIUS/COI.


Increase humankind's ability to understand and predict climate; help the global climate research community create a scientific foundation for meeting the increasing demand in several socio-economic sectors for relevant climate information; develop fundamental scientific understanding of the physical climate, of its temporal variations; assess indications from past records of significant regional and global trends and the extent of human influence on climate; investigate the basic physical processes that play a fundamental role in the climate system; develop physical/mathematical models to simulate the climate system and provide quantitative prediction of climate variations and long-term change; observe and monitor components of the climate system, especially by means of satellite systems; draw together national scientific activities to provide a global perspective on aspects of the climate system which would otherwise not be available.


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Joint Scientific Committee (annual session) works with the international climate research community. Programme implemented through Joint Planning Staff in Geneva (Switzerland) and 4 International Project Offices. Includes G-XK1479 - Global Precipitation Climatology Centre (GPCC).


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GOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 13: Climate Action



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