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Committee on Earth Observation Satellites Submits Report to UNFCCC

Committee on Earth Observation Satellites Submits Report to UNFCCC 28 October 2008: The Committee on Earth Observation

Satellites (CEOS) has prepared an updated report on progress by space agencies

involved in global observations in implementing actions in response to the Global

Climate Observing System (GCOS) implementation plan. The report was submitted

to the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice, which

will hold its 29th session in Poznan, Poland, from 1-10 December 2008.

Created

in 1984, the CEOS coordinates civil spaceborne observations of the Earth.

Currently, 28 members (space agencies) along with 20 associates (other national

and international organizations) participate in CEOS planning and activities.

The CEOS' progress report reviews the criticality of Earth observing satellites

for climate monitoring, understanding, prediction and attribution of causes of

climate change. The submission describes 20 high priority Climate Actions

identified by the CEOS for immediate implementation and summarizes their

current status.

These high priority Climate Actions include specific actions

for atmospheric, oceanic and terrestrial climate domains, and more general

cross-cutting actions such as, inter alia: improving international coordination

mechanisms for space-based climate observations; developing and maintaining

ongoing working relationships with GCOS; improving the accuracy and

inter-comparability of satellite observations of the Earth; and providing easy

access to climate data. Finally, the report reviews the key accomplishments

thus far and future plans. [The Submission]