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The climate research community is facing a complex challenge that includes improving current knowledge on the climate system, the interactions among its components and the limits of predictability. The challenge also involves enhancing its ability to interact with other disciplines, particularly decision makers (including those who elaborate policy) and social scientists in order to translate climate knowledge into actionable information. This challenge exhibits important regional characteristics, including different socio-economic levels of exposition, vulnerability and adaptability to a variable and changing climate.
In view of that the WCRP Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean: Developing, linking, and applying climate knowledge (WRCP-LAC) is aimed at identifying gaps and ways to overcome limitations in the chain of knowledge going from basic to applied climate science and to informing policy and decisions that are particularly relevant for LAC. This will imply building interdisciplinary capacity, fostering the participation of decision and policy makers, climate and social scientists, and key intermediary institutions. Moreover, it is also expected that the WCRP-LAC could contribute to the discussions on the emerging provision of regional Climate Services.
- Address critical knowledge challenges gaps in understanding, simulating and predicting climate variability and change in the Latin American and Caribbean region.
- Identify gaps and ways to overcome limitations in the knowledge networks that include basic to applied climate science and processes to inform policy and decisions relevant for the Latin American and Caribbean region.
- Water and energy
- Agriculture and ecosystems, climate risk management approaches, methods, and experiences
- Human health
- Urban environments
- Climate monitoring, prediction, and predictability