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WCRP Open Science Conference 2023: Poster Cluster "Identifying and closing mountain climate observation gaps"

23/10/2023 27/10/2023

GEO Mountains Event

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About the Poster Cluster

It has long been suggested that in situ climate observation networks in many mountain regions are deficient. However, only more recently has mountain network coverage begun to actually be systematically assessed (e.g. Thornton et al., 2022, Frontiers in Climate). In addition, it is increasingly recognised that in mountains (arguably even more so that elsewhere), intelligent strategies are required to integrate and thus maximise the complementary benefits of in situ, remotely sensed, and modelled data (e.g. Thornton et al., 2021, One Earth). This poster cluster, which is co-convened by GEO Mountains and the Mountain Research Initiative's "Mountain Observatories" and "Elevation Dependent Climate Change" Working Groups, welcomes contributions seeking to identify and/or overcome various types of "gaps" or "deficiencies" in mountain climate observations and/or models, for example with respect to spatial coverage, elevational coverage, spatial resolution, accuracy/uncertainty, multi-variable measurements, etc. Ultimately, it is hoped that continued efforts on this theme will drive advancements in scientific understanding and prediction, and will also improve the quantity and quality of information available to policy- and other decision makers for applications such as natural hazard mitigation and climate change adaptation (see e.g. Adler et al., 2022, IPCC AR6 WGII Cross-Chapter Paper 5).

We are also planning our East Africa Regional Meeting during this time. More information to follow. If you’re in the region, please consider attending both events.

About the Conference

Every decade the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) brings together communities from around the world to showcase recent and significant advances in climate science, identify gaps and opportunities, and jointly develop future plans.

The next WCRP Open Science Conference, focusing on “Advancing climate science for a sustainable future”, will be held in Kigali, Rwanda on 23-27 October 2023, with the major goal of bridging science and society.

The following themes will be covered during the conference:

  • Advances in Climate Research
  • Human Interactions with Climate
  • Co-produced Climate Services and Solutions

The Conference will have both in-person and state-of-the-art remote participation options to ensure inclusion and engagement while minimizing our carbon footprint.

Key Dates

  • September 2022: Call for Poster Cluster (deadline extended to 9 October 2022) and Side Events proposals
  • October 2022: Conference program outline available
  • 1 December 2022: Abstract submission, financial support application, and registration open
  • 14 March 2023: Abstract submission and financial support application extended deadline
  • April-May 2023: Abstract review and financial support notifications
  • June 2023: Final Conference program with speakers
  • 22 & 28 October 2023: Early to mid-career researcher Event
  • 23-27 October 2023: WCRP Open Science Conference


Call for Abstracts

The call for abstracts is now open for oral and poster presentations for the Conference Session topics, comprising 40 Oral & Poster Sessions and 44 Poster Clusters, organised by Theme, that will take place over the Conference Week.

If you want to submit an abstract and/or apply for a financial support, read the instructions and click here to access the submission forms.

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