GEO Carbon and GHG Initiative drives forward Global Cooperation on Greenhouse Gas Measurements

7 February 2018

As a major part of the GEO community’s efforts to support the implementation of Paris Agreement, the Steering Committee of the GEO Carbon and GHG Initiative (GEO-C) came together in Geneva on 2 February, 2018. This highly constructive meeting provided a valuable opportunity to discuss joint activities in the carbon observation space.

What is GEO-C?

GEO-C is a global endeavour to promote interoperability and foster integration in the sector of greenhouse gas measurements as well as carbon stocks and fluxes. GEO-C builds on existing initiatives and networks to support their continuity and coherence and facilitate their cooperation, in order to obtain a comprehensive, globally coordinated carbon and greenhouse gas observation and analysis system.

GEO-C provides the opportunity to upscale regional efforts to the global level, and serves as an important advocate for the use of Earth Observations in the fight against climate change.

Meeting Outcomes

Steering committee participants included high-level representatives from GEO Members Japan and the European Commission, and many of GEO’s climate Participating Organizations, including the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), World Meteorological Organization (WMO), United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS), Integrated Carbon Observation System (ICOS) alongside the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Outcomes of the meeting included the appointment of governance positions, with Han Dolman of the Free University of Amsterdam accepting the role of Chair, and Werner Kutsch of ICOS and Hiroyuki Muraoka of Japan as Vice Chairs.

The group also agreed on the need to identify the complementary roles and responsibilities within the carbon observation landscape, finding that GEO-C can provide  a global forum for highly-valuable informal discussions. The initiative is planning to identify observational requirements for disciplines beyond traditional meteorological and climate data, and define requirements for a global carbon monitoring system. The GEO-C Secretariat is also working to map the carbon observations landscape, with the goal to support planning, outreach and communication efforts.

Outcomes of this meeting, next steps and detailed objectives for GEO-C will be outlined in a forthcoming White Paper, which will include a common roadmap.

More information

For more information on the GEO-Carbon and GHG Initiative, please contact:

André Obregón
Technical Expert for Climate, GEO Secretariat



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