The Climate and Environmental Sciences Division exhibit debuted at the first ever WCRP Open Science Conference.
The Climate and Environmental Sciences Division exhibit debuted at the first ever WCRP Open Science Conference.
In late October, the Climate and Environmental Science Division of the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Biological and Environmental Research attended the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) Open Science conference in Denver. As a platinum sponsor for the conference focused on climate research in service to society, DOE's display showcased the Climate and Environmental Science Division programs, including Atmospheric System Research (ASR).

In four days over 100 visitors, from the interested passerby to the in-depth information gatherer, from many countries including, Japan, Malaysia, Ethiopia, Australia, Hong Kong, Mexico, Jamaica, South Korea, Turkey, and the Netherlands, stopped by the exhibit. The Live Data Display, using ARM data, was popular with data seekers and led to discussions of how DOE funds climate research through programs like ASR. Popular outreach materials included DOE's "climate mats"—placemat-sized flyers describing the energy-climate nexus; the Green Ocean Amazon 2014 workshop flyer and Climate and Environmental Science Division flyer; and the ARM trifold brochures describing how to order data and submit proposals for field campaigns.

This first ever WCRP Open Science Conference was attended by more than 1900 conference participants (of which, 523 were students and early career scientists and 332 scientists were from 86 countries) with over 1750 posters and 182 papers presented orally. Prominent speakers at the conference included the head of the World Meteorological Organization and members of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) teams in 2007 and 2013. Resulting whitepapers from the conference will provide strategic input into the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report and identify grand challenges that face the climate research community.