The Global Climate Observing System Reports on its 2007-2008 Activities

Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) 19 December 2008: The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Steering Committee has published a report on GCOS planning and implementation activities during 2007-2008. The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) is a joint undertaking of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Environment Programme, and the International Council for Science.

The GCOS aims at providing comprehensive information on the total

climate system, involving a multi-disciplinary range of physical,

chemical and biological properties, and atmospheric, oceanic,

hydrologic, cryospheric and terrestrial processes.

The GCOS report

notes good progress with the implementation and further development of

the System during 2007-08, in particular with regard to the main

components on which it is built: the Global Ocean Observing System; the

Global Terrestrial Observing System; and the WMO Integrated Global

Observing Systems. The report also highlights the preparation of a

comprehensive report on the GCOS to the Subsidiary Body for Scientific

and Technological Advice of the UNFCCC for its consideration at its

30th session in June 2009.

In addition, the report provides advice

for the GCOS Sponsors for updated governance arrangements for the

System and underlines the need for strengthened support for the GCOS

Steering Committee, Panels and Secretariat. [GCOS Report]