World Climate Research Program

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

The objectives of the programme are to develop the fundamental
scientific understanding of the physical climate system and
climate processes needed to determine to what extent climate can
be predicted and the extent of human influence on climate. The
programme encompasses studies of the global atmosphere, oceans,
sea and land ice, and the land surface which together constitute
the Earth's physical climate system. WCRP studies are
specifically directed to provide scientifically founded
quantitative answers to the questions being raised on climate
and the range of natural climate variability, as well as to
establish the basis for predictions of global and regional
climatic variations and of changes in the frequency and severity
of extreme events.

Contact Information:

WCRP Joint Planning Staff
c/o World Meteorological Organization
7 bis, Avenue de la Paix
Case Postale 2300
1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland
Tel: +41 22 730 81 11
Fax: +41 22 730 80 36

[Summary provided by WCRP]