24.10.2011 - Natural Sciences Sector

World Research Climate Programme Open Science Conference

The World Research Climate Programme’s Open Science Conference (OSC) will take place in Denver, USA, on 24-28 October 2011.

The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission has been a sponsor of the World Climate Research Programme along with the WMO and ICSU since 1993, which from its start has focused on the predictability of climate and the effects of human activities on climate.  The WCRP Climate Variability and Predictability Project has improved knowledge, understanding, and projections of climate.  The IOC and WCRP have together worked to develop improved regional sea level change projections.  WCRP will focus increasingly on the science needed for sustainable development, and climate science is a foundation for effective adaptation and management of climate risks.

IOC will participate in the conference, which will appraise the current state of climate science, thereby making a measurable contribution on the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It will identify key opportunities and challenges in observations, modeling, analysis and process research required to understand and predict responses of the Earth as a system.

A video statement by Wendy Watson-Wright, Executive Secretary of the IOC, will be projected during the conference, as she will not be able to attend personally as the event is taking place during the UNESCO General Conference. ‘The OSC will highlight the importance of ocean observations in underpinning the development of climate services and by developing effective government advocacy for climate research and observations’, said Ms Watson-Wright.

By entraining as many young scientists and students as possible from across the world, including less-developed and developing countries, the OSC will facilitate growth of the diverse future workforce needed to meet the increasingly complex scientific challenges of the future.

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