Content - Survey to guide the development of the WCRP Strategic Plan 2019-2029

  • 09 October 2017

Survey to guide the development of the WCRP Strategic Plan 2019-2029

As part of the development of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) Strategic Plan, the WCRP Joint Scientific Committee (JSC) invites you to participate in a "Survey to guide the development of the WCRP Strategic Plan 2019-2029" which includes a SWOT analysis of WCRP and short questions on core business, main new research emphases and emerging topics to be addressed in the next 10 years. 

The survey is very short, but if you want to consider your responses before submitting them, a full transcript of the questions is also given below.

The JSC will take your comments into consideration when they draft the new WCRP Strategic Plan. This survey is part of a series of consultation phases planned over the coming months seeking inputs from WCRP stakeholders. While this survey is principally for the immediate WCRP community, consultations with a broader group of stakeholders (e.g. WCRP sponsors, WCRP entities, partners programmes, agencies, early career scientists networks, community at large, etc.) are also planned once the JSC has produced a first draft of the strategic plan. 
Thank you for your time and input into this important document.

The survey was prepared by the WCRP Secretariat on behalf of
Guy Brasseur (JSC Chair) and the WCRP Joint Scientific Committee 

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Full transcript of questions: Survey to guide the development of the WCRP Strategic Plan 2019-2029

1. SWOT analysis: SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis is used to identify an organization's internal strengths and weaknesses, as well as its external opportunities and threats (see image below). We invite you to comment on each of these areas in the form below, including any suggested actions for improvement. 

  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses
  • Opportunities
  • Threats

2. Core Business: The survey will also help Identifying and possibly reviewing the core business of the programme in this context. We invite you to comment on the current fundamental work of WCRP, its alignment with and relevance to our mission (see https://www.wcrp-climate.org/about-wcrp/wcrp-overview) and any need for adjustment. What is and should be the core business of WCRP?


3. High Level Science Questions: The current overarching objectives of the programme are (see https://www.wcrp-climate.org/about-wcrp/wcrp-overview):

to determine the predictability of climate; and
to determine the effect of human activities on climate

The evolving climate policy and climate service landscape suggests a new emphasis under those objectives for the next 10 years. We invite you to provide suggestions for two specific "High level" research questions the programme should focus on, in light of those overarching objectives and recent science accomplishments. What would you propose as the two main High Level science questions to be addressed for the next 10 years?


4. Emerging topics: The survey welcomes suggestions for any 'emerging/hot topics' which you feel should be addressed because of their importance, relevance, ambition and urgency. This box can also be used for any free comments. Are there any 'emerging science topics' which you feel should be addressed because of their importance, relevance, ambition and urgency?