GCOS Implementation Plan review.
19 August 2016
The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) programme is conducting an open consultation on how best to perform, coordinate and deliver atmospheric, oceanic and terrestrial observations to report on the state of the Earth´s climate; as well as adaptation to and mitigation of climate change. GCOS is a co-sponsored programme by WMO, IOC-UNESCO, ICSU and UNEP. GCOS serves as the climate observation component of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS).
Earth observations are required to meet the needs of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), adaptation services and climate science, as well as climate observations for the Rio Conventions, the Sustainable Development Goals, the Ramsar Convention and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.
The GCOS Programme has prepared a new implementation plan in consultation with the global climate scientific and observing community which will be submitted to the UNFCCC for its Conference of Parties (COP 22) meeting which starts on 7 November 2016, in Marrakech, Morocco.
GCOS published its first Implementation Plan in 2004 and updated it in 2010. Previous GCOS implementation plans have guided major investments in observational systems, such as satellite systems and international cooperation on ocean systems.
This 2016 plan is a new plan taking into account the latest developments in Earth observations and climate policy. The next update is due in five years, with a new plan due in 10 years.
The public review of the new GCOS Implementation Plan is open from Monday 25 July to Monday 5 September. All reviewers contributing comments will be credited in the final report.