The following Conference Session topics comprise the 40 oral and poster sessions that will take place from Monday to Thursday at the Conference. There will be five parallel oral sessions each morning and afternoon. Each session will be 2 hours long, with a combination of invited speakers and speakers selected from the abstracts submitted. Posters will be hung on the day of the relevant session and online all week as well as before the conference. For the program at a glance, click here.

To get the description of a session, click on its title.

Theme 1: Advances in Climate Research

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.

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.

Description: Advances in understanding, predicting and modeling monsoonal systems in the current and future climate.

Description: Advances in understanding processes and variability of eddies, storm tracks and jets from mesoscale to planetary scale at all latitudes and levels in the atmosphere and ocean. Studies related to dynamical mechanisms of the storms and jet response to climate change will be included.

Description: Antarctic and Arctic regions
Advances in understanding and modelling atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere and terrestrial processes and interactions governing climate variability and change in polar regions. This includes sea-ice and permafrost.

Description: Advances in assessment, understanding, modeling and impact of potential rapid and/or irreversible changes (sometimes known as “tipping points”) in the climate system potential irreversible changes in ice sheets, sea-ice, forests, permafrost, AMOC and coral reefs etc.

Description: Processes involving land-air interactions, including the cycling of energy, water, carbon and momentum and boundary-layer dynamics and feedbacks; links to local and regional climates; and key processes and phenomena such as permafrost, snow, forests, fire etc.

Description: Processes involving air-sea interaction and air-sea ice interaction affecting regional and global climate, including surface energy fluxes, chemical interactions and dynamical interactions.

Description: Advances in understanding changes in the chemical composition of the atmosphere and interactions between changing composition and climate. This includes processes governing stratospheric ozone, atmospheric aerosols, and interactions with climate, but not air pollution.

Description: Advances in the evaluation of climate sensitivity, feedbacks and regional climate change based on paleoclimate data. Improving the understanding of climate variability and response to external forcing on different time scales using paleoclimate data. Using paleoclimate modeling and data to improve climate parametrizations.

Description: Advances in global and regional climate and Earth System modelling, including the benefits of increasing resolution, improved parametrizations and ensembles for exploring uncertainty. Including novel techniques with artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Description: Advances in observing the climate system, including new space-based and Earth-based platforms, new technologies, and new data sets, and advances in data assimilation and reanalysis, with a particular focus on climate science requirements and opportunities. Including novel techniques with artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Theme 2: Human Interactions with Climate

Description: Advances in understanding of the land and ocean carbon cycle perturbation over the historical period and into the 21st century and beyond.

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

Description: Advances in understanding of the anthropogenic perturbation on the global water cycle over the historical period and into the 21st century.

Description: This will include current and future changes in ice sheets dynamics, sea level rise and their impacts on natural and human systems.

Description: Advances in understanding the physical feedbacks which shape the climate response to radiative forcings, and their combination to determine transient and equilibrium climate sensitivity. The role of clouds in the climate system is a particular focus.

Description: Assessment of anthropogenic and natural radiative forcings including GHGs and aerosols. Focus on historical and future scenarios.

Description: Role of changes in land cover and land use on the Earth system. This includes changes in biophysical and biogeochemical cycles and includes direct human alteration of the continental water cycle.

Description: Assess impact of climate change (including extremes) on terrestrial and marine ecosystems, risks of ecosystem shifts, dieback and irreversibility.

Description: Assess impact of climate change (including extremes) on human systems with a focus on water resources, agriculture and food supply, etc.

Description: Assess impact of climate change (including extremes) on human health and cities.

Description: Contributions that assess climate and weather changes with an emphasis on understanding the underlying climate physics that generate such events. This covers changes in large scale atmospheric or oceanic circulation, as well as regional/local circulation changes such as storms and eddies.

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.

Description: Assessment of climate change at regional level, including regional drivers and response. Focus on changes in dynamics, variability, predictability, and uncertainty. Studies with a focus on Africa are encouraged.

Description: Contributions focusing on high mitigation scenarios, overshoot and impact on the dynamics of the Earth System and reversibility of changes. Also contributions on direct climate interventions such as solar radiation modification (SRM), Carbon dioxide Removal (CDR), marine cloud brightening (MCB) and potential impacts on climate response but also on society and ecosystems; ethical implications of climate interventions.

Theme 3: Co-produced Climate Services and Solutions

Description: Includes cascading and compounding events; slow onset (heatwaves, droughts) events; and fast onset (heavy precipitation, Tropical and Extratropical Cyclones, storms) events. Early warning and forecast skill across various temporal and spatial scales. Assessment of current and future hazards.

Description: Distillation/downscaling methods and approaches. Managing contradictions in downscaled information. Integrating global/regional / local scale information. Regional information for compound events.

Description: Developing unambiguous and communicable climate information. 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. Meta-data and methodology transparency in climate services.

Description: Metrics of uncertainty/robustness that are context relevant to decision makers. Framing uncertainty in decision contexts. Scale dependence of uncertainty. Information dependency on assumptions and methodology choices. Irreducible uncertainty at regional scales. Developing communicable uncertainty.

Description: Good practices, protocols, principles, and methods. Framing in decision contexts. Bringing society into the science. Contested pathways and the role of information. Information for anticipatory adaptation. Co-production for decision making versus policy framing. Cross-cultural engagement and the roles of ethics and values. Power relationships and dynamics between the resource rich and resource poor nations (e.g. global north-south). Social learning.

Description: Understanding what constitutes good capacity development. Accommodating heterogenous development needs. Developing scientists’ capacity to understand decision context. Developing regionally appropriate good practices guidance. Institutional and individual capacity development. Developing regional research activities for experiential learning. Transdisciplinary collaboration.

Description: Policy dialogue: common space for scientists and policy developers. Science diplomacy for climate action and sustainable development. Future climate scenarios and regional mitigation. Regional forcing, socio-economic drivers of regional climate change. Regional climate responses to mitigation actions (such as negative emissions, carbon dioxide removal (CDR), solar radiation modification (SRM) etc), including quantitative impact analyses. Regional climates and process responses under climate overshoot. Earth system response to strong mitigation with negative emissions. Climate services and systemic change. Informing science-based adaptation strategies.

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.

Description: Information on extremes (broad definition). Decision scales versus data scales. Seamless time scales from seasonal to multi-decadal. Climate prediction versus climate projection (from sub-seasonal to multi-decadal decadal) with focus on impacts, extremes, and hazards. Climate impact drivers. Skill scales relative to application context.

Description: Quality and contradictions; discovery, access and data sparse regions. Observations to test mitigation approaches. Observations for attribution studies.

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.

Description: Developing early warning systems. Impact and risk probability. Integration with quantitative impact analyses (contributions to IPCC AR7 and Global Stocktake). Climate triggers for anticipatory adaptation.

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.

Description: The power of learning from humility, honesty and admitting failure. How climate services can go wrong. Contested power dynamics. Mis-communicating certainty. Misunderstandings and confusion. Assumptions and biases. Cross-cultural complications. Fostering a community of collaboration versus competition.

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