Francisco J. Doblas-Reyes, named co-chair of the World Climate Research Programme Modelling Advisory Council

20 October 2017

The Barcelona Supercomputing Center Earth Sciences director, Francisco J. Doblas-Reyes, has been named co-chair of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) Modelling Advisory Council (WMAC) starting from January 2018.

The mission of WMAC is to coordinate high-level aspects of modelling across WCRP, ensuring cooperation with main WCRP partners such as the World Weather Research Programme (WWRP), and acting as a single entry point for all WCRP modelling activities.

The World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) aim is to facilitate the analysis and prediction of Earth system variability and change for use in an increasing range of practical applications of direct relevance, benefit and value to society. The two overarching objectives of the WCRP are to determine the predictability of climate and to determine the effect of human activities on climate.

The World Climate Research Programme follows a multidisciplinary approach, organizing large-scale observational and modelling projects and providing an international forum to align the efforts of thousands of climate scientists working to provide the best possible climate information. The programme is currently developing an achievements and future plans summary document, building upon past strategic and implementation documents as well as a range of recent workshops and publications. It is sponsored by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO.

Francisco J. Doblas-Reyes

Francisco J. Doblas-Reyes started working on climate variability at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain) in 1992, where he did his PhD. He worked as a postdoc in Météofrance (Toulouse, France), at the Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aerospacial (Torrejón, Spain) and for ten years at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (Reading, UK) as a research scientist. He joined the Institut Català de Ciències del Clima (Barcelona) as an ICREA professor in 2010.

Currently, he is the head of the Department of Earth Sciences of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC-CNS), where he coordinates the work of more than 60 engineers, physicists, mathematicians and other air quality and climate researchers who try to bring the latest developments in supercomputing and Big Data to provide the best information and services for both society and the private sector. 

He is author of more than 100 peer-reviewed papers, member of several international scientific committees and supervisor of several postdocs and one PhD student.