38th Session of the WCRP Joint Scientific Committee文章来源： 时间：2017-04-11 09:11:42
The first official day of the 38th Session of the Joint Scientific Committee (JSC) began with parallel sessions outlining the status of WCRP’s Core Projects. The Core Project Chairs outlined new activities, science priorities and issues such as how to work better with other WCRP groups, how to collaborate with other organizations to minimize overlap of interests and how to respond to the recent funding cuts to the Programme. Regarding the latter, it was clear that the Core Projects have a great deal of enthusiasm and do not need extensive funding to operate. However, they do need sufficient support to effectively run the International Project Offices and some additional seed money to get people together. The current reduction in funding means that some activities in 2017-18 will no longer be viable.
After lunch the 38th Session was officially opened by JSC Chair, Guy Brasseur, with brief talks from the three WCRP Co-sponsors. Vladmir Ryabinin, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) Executive Secretary, talked about how WCRP is the “international think tank for climate” and about the future possibilities for WCRP and IOC-UNESCO to work together in relation to oceans. The Deputy Secretary General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Elena Manaenkova, discussed the importance of WCRP in navigating the path to address future climate variability. She stated that, “we need to close the gap between research and services”. Lastly, Executive Director of the International Council for Science (ICSU), Heide Hackmann, talked about the changes occurring within ICSU and the need for an “international voice for science”. All three co-sponsors reiterated the importance of WCRP as an international voice of climate research.
Subsequent talks by Florian Vladu, Science Liaison, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Stephen Briggs, The Global Observing System for Climate (GCOS), Valérie Masson-Delmotte, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group I and Marie-France Loutre, Executive Director of Past Global Changes (PAGES), showed that WCRP has developed excellent relationships in the observations-research-assessment-policy chain and that there are opportunities for greater future collaboration. The session ended with a talk from Guy Brasseur, which fueled discussion as to the future of WCRP post 2020. Is there a need to simplify the structure of WCRP? What is working and not working? How does the Programme effectively present itself to the world? These discussions will no doubt continue in the next days.