Day 1: Monday 23 October

For the .pdf of the program (as of 20 October 2023), click here.
For the details of each session, click on the title.
Note: The program will be updated with allocation of rooms for side events when that is finalised.

From 7:30     Badges and conference materials collection (from Sunday 22 October at 13:00)
9:00 - 10:00 Plenary in the Dome DOME

Opening of the Conference
Chairs: Detlef Stammer and Helen Cleugh (Conference Chairs)

Welcoming and Opening Remarks

  • Helen Cleugh (Co-Chair of SOC)Welcome to the Open Science Conference from WCRP
  • Jeanne d'Arc Mujawamariya (Minister for Environment): Welcoming remarks
  • Hon. Gaspard Twagirayezu (Minister of Education) (TBC)
  • Amina Mohammed (Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and Chair of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group) - Remotely
  • Petteri Taalas (World Meteorological Organization Secretary-General)

The Urgent Need for Climate Action

  • Macharia Kamau (Special Envoy of former President Uhuru Kenyatta on the EAC-led Peace Effort on Eastern DRC and Commissioner, Office of the Former President of the Republic of Kenya; International Science Council): Sustainable development goals perspective: (Title to be confirmed)
  • Lina Yassin (Researcher - Climate Change, International Institute for Environment and Development): Leveling the playing field: The crucial role of climate science in empowering vulnerable nations
  • Detlef Stammer (WCRP Chair): Climate change: A challenge for the World

WCRP Open Science Conference Overview - Conference Chairs

10:00 - 10:30 Break   Tea and coffee break
 10:30 - 12:30 5 Parallel Sessions DOME
S15: Water cycle (Themes 1, 2, 3)

Convenors: Jan Polcher - Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique (LMD-IPSL), France; Moussa Diakhaté - Université Amadou Mahtar Mbow (UAM), Senegal; Marie-Amelie Boucher - Université de Sherbrooke, Canada; Dewi Kirono - CSIRO, Australia

Session description : The water cycle is under the combined influence of anthropogenic climate change and human water management aimed at optimising our resources. This session aims to explore recent progress in our understanding of these two drivers, their interactions and how they will impact water availability in the coming decades or how they have shaped the evolution of water resources in the past. The session should also cover efforts to quantify the water cycle as this is the basis for detecting and estimating the magnitude of human impacts. Abstracts covering these topics in the various components of the Earth system are solicited. The session aims to be multi-disciplinary and welcomes contributions from the various scientific disciplines dealing with the hydrological cycle.

Keynote speakers:

  • "Water remains a blind spot in climate change policies" - Hervé Douville - Météo France, France - Remotely
  • "Two decades of global water cycle variability – non-stationarity assessed by land remote sensing synthesis", Sujay Kumar - NASA, USA

Convenors: Mat Collins - University of Exeter, UK; Lisa Alexander - University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia; Nicola Maher - University of Colorado, USA

Session description: Focus on advances in understanding the characteristics and processes responsible for natural climate variability on intra-seasonal, seasonal-to-annual, annual-to-decadal, decadal to centennial, and centennial to millennial timescales.

Keynote speakers:

  • "Exploiting large ensembles to understand the combined influence of ENSO and other climate drivers on the Southern Hemisphere extratropical circulation", Marisol Osman - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany / Centro de Investigaciones del Mar y la Atmósfera (CIMA), Argentina
  • "Tropical to extratropical interactions", Julie Arblaster - Monash University, Australia
  • "Using past climate information and simulations can help projecting future climates", Masa Kageyama - Laboratoire des sciences du climat et l'environnement (IPSL-LSCE), France

Convenors: Elisabeth Thompson - Met Office, UK; Alexander Ruane NASA, USA

Session description : Developing unambiguous and communicable climate information for decision-making. Designing services informed by stakeholder context. Climate information (past, present and future) on derivative variables (thresholds, extremes, compound climate responses, regional tipping points, etc.). How to characterize what is plausible, defensible and actionable information for climate services. Communicating meta-data and transparent methodologies for more robust climate application.

Keynote speakers:

  • "On the operationalisation of climate services" - Carlo Buontempo - ECMWF, Germany
  • "Climate information for climate action: the important role of scientific research", Lisa Alexander - UNSW Sydney, Australia
  • "Climate change information for climate services to support adaptation in Africa", Mouhamadou Bamba Sylla - AIMS Africa, Rwanda

Convenors: Izidine Pinto - University of Cape Town, South Africa; Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick - University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia; Joyce Kimutai - Kenya Meteorological Department, Kenya

Session description : Contributions that attribute climate change and weather and climate extremes to external factors on regional and/or global scales; attribution of impacts to climate change. Developing and evaluating methodology for climate change attribution and extreme events attribution; communication and application of attribution studies for societal benefit.

Keynote speakers:

  • "Attribution of Socio-economic Impacts of Extreme Events: Challenges and Opportunities" - Mark New - African Climate and Development Initiative, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • "Challenges and opportunities in rapid event attribution", Friederike Otto - Imperial College London, UK Remotely

Convenors: Judith Mulwa - GSMA, Kenya; Christopher Hewitt - World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Switzerland; Carlo Buontempo - ECMWF, UK

Session description : The global (framework for) climate services at regional and local scales. Roles of National Meteorological Services, commercial, academic and institutional climate services. Dynamics of global-north-south relationships in climate services. Open-source climate science / Open Access publications. Tools and resources (including IPCC AR6 Regional Atlas), and transparency on strengths, weaknesses, and limitations. Improving communication and diffusion of information. Sustainability of capacity.

12:30 - 14:00

Lunch session

Townhalls, Learning Labs, Workshops

 MH2 TH02: Global Precipitation Experiment (GPEX): What is it and how to get involved
 AD10 TH09: Community discussion on balancing data-intensive and other foundational climate research activities
 AD11 WM03: Smart sensors for agri-food and environmental monitoring systems
 AD12 WM04: CGIAR ClimBeR Early Warning Early Action Early Finance (AWARE) Platform initiative
 MH1 TH14: Equitable access to climate modelling data
 FORUM GA01: Journey of a Kigali Pixel - Game (Part 1)
14:00 - 16:00 5 Parallel Sessions DOME

Convenors: Kristie Ebi - University of Washington, USA; Sari Kovats - London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK; Negin Nazarian - University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia

Session description : Quantifying the impact of global climate change on human health, developing methods for climate change risk assessment for population health, and modelling urban trends, demographic change, urban climates on health, wellbeing and productivity.

Keynote speakers:

  • "Health risks of climate change in the WHO AFRO region - what are our research priorities?" - Brama Kone - Swiss Centre for Scientific Research, Côte d'Ivoire - Remotely
  • "Coordinated research on extreme precipitation in multiple urban systems", Fei Chen - NASA, USA

Convenors: Sonia Seneviratne - ETH Zurich, Switzerland; Graeme Stephens - JPL Science - NASA, USA; Benoit Meyssignac - LEGOS, Université de Toulouse, France

Session description : Advances in understanding on changes in the global energy budget in the coupled ocean-atmosphere-land-cryosphere systems.

Keynote speakers:

  • "Effective radiative forcing on climate, building from the IPCC AR6 Assessment" - Piers Forster - University of Leeds, UK
  • "On the future of Earth radiation and energy imbalance measurements", Maria Z. Hakuba - NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA - Remotely

Convenors: Noël Sébastien Keenlyside - Bergen University, Norway; Willem Landman - University of Pretoria, South Africa; Marisol Osman - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) Germany / Centro de Investigaciones del Mar y la Atmósfera (CIMA), Argentina; June-Yi Lee - Pusan National University, South Korea

Session description: Showcasing progress and challenges in understanding the predictability of Earth’s climate at time horizons from weeks to decades, and advances in the development of climate prediction systems including novel approaches such as those using AI/ML.

Keynote speaker:

  • "S2S research, applications and future challenges: An Australian perspective" - Debra Hudson - Bureau of Meteorology, Australia - Remotely
  • "Seasonal to decadal prediction: some challenges and opportunities" - Doug Smith - Metoffice, UK

Convenors: Amadou T. Gaye - Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Senegal; Kamoru Abiodun Lawal - Nigerian Meteorological Agency, Niger; Rupert Stuart-Smith - University of Oxford, UK

Session description : Attribution of multi-annual to decadal changes in climate system. Attribution of regional extremes. Institutional capacity / access to attribution. Linking attribution information and the decision maker. Attribution of climate impact drivers.

Keynote speakers:

  • "Attribution of weather and climate extremes and climate change impacts: A regional perspective", Sihan Li - University of Sheffield, UK - Remotely
  • "A zonal contrast in future changes in Sahel precipitation", Paul-Arthur Monerie - University of Reading, UK
  • "Informing climate risk using the historical record and regional attribution results", Gabi Hegerl - University of Edinburgh, UK

Convenors: Andrew Robertson - International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), USA; Anna Steynor - Met Office, UK; Geneva List - International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), USA

Session description : Metrics of information robustness, and of appropriate communication and adoption. Assessing the relationship between information uncertainty and decision consequence. Ethics and values, accountability, misunderstanding and contradiction between services, and avoiding maladaptation. Defining and assessing added value in decision contexts. Context specific barriers to information access use and understanding. Global north-south interactions in provider-client dynamics. Socio-economic benefits of climate services. Prioritizing investments in climate services.

Keynote speakers:

  • "Whose values count? The power of principled metrics in shaping investments in climate resilience" - Emma Visman - Save the Children International, UK
  • "A Mixed-methods approaches for evaluating the effectiveness of weather and climate information." - Brian Chiputwa - CIFOR-ICRAF, Kenya
16:00 - 18:00 Posters & Refreshments   Live poster session at KCC
  • Sessions: S01, S02, S14, S15, S22, S24, S29, S34, S37, S39
  • Poster Clusters: PC01, PC02, PC03, PC05, PC06, PC07, PC08, PC09, PC10, PC30
16:15 - 17:45 Forum  
  • 16:15-16:35 - Jack A. Kaye (NASA HQ Earth Science Division): How space-based observations advance our knowledge of a changing Earth and inform action
  • 16:35-16:45 - Youssouph Sane (Agence Nationale de l'Aviation Civile et de la Météorologie (ANACIM),  Senegal): A web portal dedicated to climate change impact studies in the Global South
  • 16:45-17:00 - Ivan Gasangwa (Rwanda Forestry Authority): Nation-wide mapping and monitoring of tree-level impact from landscape restoration initiatives
  • 17:00-17:15 - Lauren Stuart (World Meteorological Organisation): United in Science 2023: A multi-organization high-level compilation of the latest weather-, climate- and water-related sciences and services for sustainable development
  • 17:15-17:30 - Joseph Sebaziga (Meteo Rwanda) : Observed changes in onset and cessation of seasonal rainfall over Rwanda during the last four decades
  • 17:30-17:45Valentina Rabanal ((Servicio Meteorologico Nacional de Argentina ): Young Earth system Scientists (YESS)
18:00 - 18:45 Plenary in the Dome
Bringing it all together

The Needs of, and Opportunities for the Global South
: Juliet Kabera (Director General, Rwanda Environmental Management Authority)

  • Barend Erasmus (Dean of the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Natural/Agricultural Sciences): Emerging trends and opportunities for climate action in Africa (Title to be confirmed)
  • Carlos Nobre (Senior researcher, Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil) - Remotely : The needs of, and opportunities for, the Amazon
From 18:45 Free  time   Dining, networking, socializing
20:00 - 22:00

Evening Session

Townhalls, Learning Labs, Workshops

 AD12 LL02: Open Earth System Science in Cloud
 AD10 LL03: Journey of a Kigali Pixel - Masterclass 
 MH4 LL04: CMIP and CORDEX analysis and evaluation tools
 MH2 TH03: Early-mid career perspectives on South-North inequalities: fair collaborative research as a way of reducing them
 MH1 TH04: Schmidt Futures Virtual Earth Systems Research Institute Short talk Series
 MH3 WM05: Open Science and Peer Review- Towards a Stronger Evidence Base



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