The Global Energy and Water Cycle Experiment (GEWEX) of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), sponsored by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the International Council for Science (ICSU), and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), has amassed an outstanding record of accomplishments during the first phase of its planned program. From bringing hydrology, land surface, and atmospheric sciences communities together, to showing the importance of understanding soil moisture/atmosphere and cloud/radiation interactions and their parameterization within prediction models, GEWEX has been on the leading edge of science since its inception. Pulling together the global data sets necessary for validation of our predictive models and fostering direct applications with water resources user groups have also provided significant advances in climate research. This brochure provides just a sample of the numerous accomplishments that GEWEX has achieved during its build-up phase (Phase I). This prepares the stage for many more advances in Phase II, when the community will exploit the new fleet of environmental satellites and build upon the newly implemented model upgrades developed in Phase I.
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