Day 1: Monday 23 October

 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.

8:30 - 10:00 Plenary in the Dome DOME Opening of the Conference
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.


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: Marisol Osman - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany / Centro de Investigaciones del Mar y la Atmósfera (CIMA), Argentina (ECR); Julie Arblaster - Monash University, Australia; 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.


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.


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

  TH02: Global Precipitation Experiment (GPEX): What is it and How to get involved
  TH09: Community discussion on balancing data-intensive and other foundational climate research activities
  WM03: Smart sensors for agri-food and environmental monitoring systems
  WM04: CGIAR ClimBeR Early Warning Early Action Early Finance (AWARE) Platform initiative
  CM01: From models to impact – the climate information cascade
  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.


Convenors: Sonia Seneviratne - ETH Zurich, Switzerland; Graeme Stephens - JPL Science - NASA, USA

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


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.


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.


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.

16:00 - 18:00 Posters & Refreshments   Live poster session at KCC
18:00 - 18:30 Plenary in the Dome
Bringing it all together
  Wrap up of the day’s key discussions and preview of the next day
From 18:30 Free  time   Dining, networking, socializing
20:00 - 22:00

Evening Session

Townhalls, Learning Labs, Workshops

  LL02: Open Earth System Science in Cloud
  LL03: Journey of a Kigali Pixel - Masterclass
  LL04: CMIP and CORDEX analysis and evaluation tools
  TH03: Early-mid career perspectives on South-North inequalities: fair collaborative research as a way of reducing them
  TH04: Schmidt Futures Virtual Earth Systems Research Institute Short talk Series
  WM05: Open Science and Peer Review- Towards a Stronger Evidence Base
  WM06: Climate data rescue: improving our historical climate records
  CM03: Climate data mixer



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