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Future Earth and WCRP affirm strong partnership

The World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) held the 35th Session of its Joint Scientific Committee between 29 June and 4 July 2014, in Heidelberg, Germany. The meeting was attended by Future Earth’s interim Director, Frans Berkhout. Following this meeting, the incoming Chair of the WCRP Scientific Steering Committee (SSC), Guy Brasseur, and Mark Stafford Smith, Chair of the Future Earth Science Committee, expressed their support for a strong partnership between WCRP and Future Earth, saying:

We take this opportunity to affirm strong partnership between Future Earth and the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP). WCRP and Future Earth will work together to contribute to addressing the most pressing planetary challenges. We strongly encourage community engagement with, and political and financial support for, this ambitious new scientific partnership.

The WCRP was established in 1980, under the joint sponsorship of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the International Council for Science (ICSU). Since 1993 WCRP has also been sponsored by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC of UNESCO).

The main objectives, set for the WCRP at its inception and still valid today, are to determine the predictability of climate and to determine the effect of human activities on climate.

Since 1980, the WCRP has made enormous contributions to advancing climate science. As a result of WCRP efforts, it is now possible for climate scientists to monitor, simulate and project global climate with unprecedented accuracy, so that climate information can be used for governance, in decision-making and in support of a wide range of practical end-user applications.

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