International Conference on Regional Climate - CORDEX 2013
A partnership between WCRP, the European Commission and IPCC
4-7 November 2013, Brussels, Belgium


The International Conference on Regional Climate - CORDEX 2013 brings together the international community of regional climate scientists to present and discuss results from WCRP regional climate studies, with a particular emphasis on the CORDEX initiative. This land-mark event will provide a forum for assessing the following key challenges:

The first day of the meeting will feature two important pre-conference events: a High Level Session with the participation of the European Commissioners for Research & Innovation and for Climate Action where the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change presents key findings from the IPCC Working Group I Contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis. This will be followed by a Stakeholder Dialogue focusing on how science-based regional climate information can best serve the needs of regional decision-makers. This segment is intended to provide the global to regional socio-economic and policy context within which WCRP regional climate research operates. Both events are open to all the conference participants.

- The second segment of the conference over the following three days is organized around the key scientific results from Phase I of the CORDEX project, encompassing results from all participating regions worldwide. A discussion on future priority research areas for the next phase of CORDEX, of other WCRP regional climate initiatives and of major funding programmes such as the EU FP7 and the future Horizon2020 - will also take place, taking into account the recommendations from the first segment of the conference.

The conference has been designed to deliver on the current status of regional climate science and modeling; to strengthen collaboration and synergies between the various CORDEX regional activities; and, in collaboration with other regional climate research initiatives, to outline the future priorities for regional climate science, with due consideration of the needs of the UN Global Framework for Climate Services and potential future IPCC and other science-based assessments.