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CliC's parent organization, the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), was established over 30 years ago (in 1980), under the joint sponsorship of the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) , and, since 1993, has also been sponsored by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC of UNESCO).

CliC is one of 4 core project of WCRP. In this section, learn more about our sister projects, sponsors, and more. Check out upcoming WCRP events and find out what has been happening lately.

WCRP Core Projects

CliC's main sponsor is the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), whose mission is to facilitate analysis and prediction of Earth system variability and change for use in an increasing range of practical applications of direct relevance, benefit and value to society. As part of this mission WCRP supports 4 core projects including CliC. Below is more information about the other core projects.

Climate Variability and Predictability (CLIVAR)
CLIVAR is the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) project that addresses Climate Variability and Predictability, with a particular focus on the role of ocean-atmosphere interactions in climate. CLIVAR’s mission is to observe, simulate and predict changes in Earth’s climate system, with a focus on ocean-atmosphere interactions, enabling better understanding of climate variability, predictability and change, to the benefit of society and the environment in which we live. CLIVAR works closely with its companion WCRP projects, such as CliC, on issues such as the role of the land surface, snow and ice and the role of stratospheric processes in climate.

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Global Energy and Water Cycle Experiment (GEWEX)
GEWEX currently leads WCRP’s studies of the dynamics and thermodynamics of the atmosphere, the atmosphere’s interactions with the Earth’s surface (especially over land), and the global water cycle. The goal of GEWEX is to reproduce and predict, by means of suitable models, the variations of the global hydrological regime, its impact on atmospheric and surface dynamics, and variations in regional hydrological processes and water resources and their response to changes in the environment, such as the increase in greenhouse gases.

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Stratospheric Processes And their Role in Climate (SPARC)
SPARC is the core project of WCRP which coordinates international efforts to bring knowledge of the stratosphere to bear on relevant issues in climate variability and prediction. SPARC themes and activities address areas of societal concern such as climate variability and change, ozone, atmospheric chemistry and aerosols, and polar process. SPARC and CliC work together on several initiatives such as Polar Predictability.

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About the World Climate Research Program

The man objectives of the World Climate Research Program (WCRP) set 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 (25th Anniversary Brochure). 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.

In 2005, after 25 years of serving science and society, the WCRP, in collaboration with the broader scientific community, developed and launched the WCRP Strategy Framework 2005-2015. Implementing this strategy will ensure that WCRP continues to work efficiently and effectively towards strengthening our knowledge and increasing our capabilities with regard to climate variability and change.