GCOS Meeting Identifies Climate Observations Needs of Adaptation Activities

6 March 2013: A GCOS meeting took place recently in Offenbach, Germany, gathering experts to determine the kinds of climate observations needed for implementing climate adaptation activities. The German Meteorological Service (Deutscher Wetterdienst, DWD) hosted the gathering, which was jointly organized by the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

The meeting, with took place from 26-28 February 2013, gathered close to 50 representatives from international institutions. According to a WMO press release, the experts discussed data gaps and information deficiencies in climate observations that require addressing in order to improve available information on climate. In particular, participants considered climate adaptation activities in specific socio-economic and scientific-technical sectors, and discussed the need for certain kinds of climate observations to support these activities.

The meeting highlighted the need, in both developed and developing countries, for free, frequent and high quality observation data from climate models and satellites. The workshop results will inform the 3rd Adequacy Report of Global Observing Systems for Climate that GCOS and its partners will produce by the end of 2014. This Report will be presented to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The workshop results will be available in a report to be published in May 2013. [WMO Press Release]