Future CMIP

The primary objective of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP) is to better understand past, present, and future climate changes arising from natural, unforced variability or in response to changes in forcing in a multi-model context. Successive generations of CMIP have seen the project grow in scope, with increasing process-specific Model Intercomparison Projects (MIPs) to better address specific scientific questions, while continuing to play a critical role in the IPCC Assessment Reports. The WCRP Working Group on Coupled Modelling (WGCM), the CMIP Panel and WGCM Infrastructure Panel (WIP) are currently working hard in preparation for the next, and future phases, of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP).

CMIP6 Community Survey

The WCRP Working Group on Coupled Modelling (WGCM), the CMIP Panel and the WGCM Infrastructure Panel (WIP) would like to thank all those who responded to the “CMIP Community next steps survey” providing in-depth, insightful, and honest feedback that will help support the development of future phases of CMIP.

A total of 318 responses were submitted and analysis has now been completed by the CMIP International Project Office (CMIP-IPO). An overview of survey respondents is now available. The CMIP Panel and WIP are reviewing all the analysis to determine and design the further engagement required to delve more deeply into the key points raised and engage groups that were underrepresented in the survey respondent group. This process will guide the definition of the next phase and potential future structure and governance of CMIP.

If you missed the opportunity to contribute to the survey and have feedback on CMIP6 and how you see a future CMIP, please contact the CMIP International Project Office at  with ‘CMIP feedback’ as the subject line.

The CMIP7 Task Teams

Based on the outcomes of the CMIP6 Community Survey the CMIP panel is seeking to identify ways to increase the project’s scientific and societal relevance, improve accessibility, widen participation, and reduce its own carbon footprint within the limits of available financial and human resources. This can only be achieved if a broad and diverse community, bridging traditional divides, is involved in the planning and definition of the future CMIP.

Therefore, the CMIP panel and WIP have established a number of Task Teams to support the design, scope, and definition of the next phase of CMIP and evolution of CMIP infrastructure and future operationalisation. Find out more on the CMIP7 Task Teams pages.

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