Bridging Climate Science and Society

Do you have ideas on climate science that you would like to have discussed at the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) Open Science Conference 2023 in Kigali, Rwanda, 23-27 October 2023? Our Australian research community has been invited to suggest topics and themes before the end of April.

WCRP-supported research provides the climate science that underpins the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, including national commitments under the Paris Agreement of 2015, and contributes to the knowledge that supports the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, and multilateral environmental conventions.

WCRP 2023 Open Science Conference them (credit: World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) (

This will be the second of these “once-in-a-decade” WCRP conferences, with themes on

  • recent advances in climate science,
  • climate research challenges and opportunities,
  • regional climate risks and extremes, and
  • useful and useable climate information.

I think that some of these broad themes resonate well with TERN and the OzFlux community.

Dr Helen Cleugh, Vice Chair, WCRP Joint Scientific Committee (JSC)

Submitting your ideas

Instructions for forwarding topics and themes that you think are key for this Conference are as follows. Please indicate if the topic or theme you propose would lend itself to a:

  • Daily theme
  • Keynote presentation
  • Session/ Parallel session theme
  • Poster session
  • Poster cluster
  • Evening townhall
  • Other

Suggestions should be sent this month to Detlef Stammer and Helen Cleugh, the SOC co-chairs. Copy to and

WRCP tackles the big questions

WCRP was established in 1980 under the joint sponsorship of the International Science Council (ISC) (previously the International Council for Science (ICSU), until July 2018) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). In 1993 the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO also became a sponsor. WCRP leads the way in addressing frontier scientific questions related to the coupled climate system — questions that are too large and too complex to be tackled by a single nation, agency or scientific discipline. Through international science coordination and partnerships, WCRP contributes to advancing our understanding of the multi-scale dynamic interactions between natural and social systems that affect climate. WCRP engages productively through these partnerships to inform the development of policies and services and to promote science education.

Environment and Climate in the Australian 2021 NRI Roadmap

Participation in WCRP 2023 aligns with the Australian Government’s decision in the 2021 National Research Infrastructure (NRI)  Roadmap to include environment and climate change as a key challenge that will require research infrastructure investment to ensure the positioning of Australia to better anticipate, manage and adapt to our changing climate.

TERN examines the interactions between ecosystems and climate, the exchange of greenhouse gases, and responses to extreme events. It tracks the way in which vegetation growth and loss affects absorption and emissions of carbon and provides better ways of measuring and estimating Australia’s current and future environmental carbon stocks and flows.  Through its sustained observations, TERN is helping to capture the evolving climate system. Observations are also critical to understanding the climate system and to verifying and improving climate simulations.


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