The primary objective of the World Climate Research Programme’s (WCRP) Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP) is to better understand past, present, and future climate changes arising from natural, unforced variability or in response to changes in forcing in a multi-model context. Successive generations of CMIP have seen the project grow in scope, with increasing process-specific Model Intercomparison Projects (MIPs) developed to better address new and focused scientific questions, while continuing to play a critical role in the IPCC Assessment Reports. The latest phase, CMIP6, was the biggest yet with 131 participating models from 48 institutions, representing 26 countries around the globe, and nearly 25 PB of CMIP6 data now available across the 30 plus Earth System Grid Federation data nodes.
Looking forward, the CMIP Panel and World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) are beginning work on designing the next phase of CMIP, CMIP7. For this, we are seeking feedback into both the positive and negative experiences people have had with CMIP6, as well as suggestions to improve the structure and delivery of future phases of CMIP. Early career researchers (ECRs) regularly undertake the, often time consuming, task of downloading, processing, and analysing data from CMIP and as such, have a unique, working insight into the successes and flaws of the previous CMIP phases.
This Townhall will be an opportunity for ECRs to meet and network with those on the CMIP7 organisational and design teams and provide feedback on CMIP6, from its design and distribution, to its access and outputs. This Townhall is designed to be an informal and comfortable setting in which ECRs can influence future phases of CMIP in order for its design to be as useful and accessible as possible for those using it on a regular basis. The discussion and outputs of this session will feed directly into the CMIP7 planning and experimental design process.
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