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International Coordination in Climate Research

WRPCDue to the global nature of climate research, as well as the cost, technology and expertise required to study it, climate research programmes often involved extensive international cooperation and coordination.

The WMO is involved in several climate research programmes which bring together scientists and experts from all over the world in a truly international effort. Below are a few Key examples of Climate Research programmes.

World Climate Research Programme (WCRP)

The WCRP is sponsored by the International Council for Science (ICSU), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO. It is uniquely positioned to draw on the totality of climate-related systems, facilities and intellectual capabilities of more than 185 countries. Integrating new observations, research facilities and scientific breakthroughs is essential to progress in the inherently global task of advancing understanding of the processes that determine our climate.

International Geosphere‐Biosphere Programme (IGBP)

The International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) is a research programme that studies the phenomenon of Global Change. IGBP studies the interactions between biological, chemical and physical processes and interactions with human systems and collaborates with other programmes to develop and impart the understanding necessary to respond to global change.  The ultimate aim of the IGBP is to  provide essential scientific leadership and knowledge of the Earth system to help guide society onto a sustainable pathway during rapid global change.

International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP)

The International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP) is an international, interdisciplinary science programme, dedicated to promoting, catalyzing and coordinating research, capacity-development and networking on the human dimensions of global environmental change. It takes a social science perspective on global change and works on the interface between science and practice. IHDP is a joint programme of the International Council for Science (ICSU), the International Social Science Council (ISSC) and the United Nations University (UNU).

[Further information] on WMO climate research activities can be found here.

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