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About us

The Climate Change Working Group (CC-WG) is convened to develop and implement a comprehensive GEO climate change action strategy to advance the use of Earth observations in support of climate adaptation and mitigation. This includes actions related to the pillars of the Paris Agreement on climate change. 

Duties involve improving coordination and uptake of GEO Work Programme activities relevant to climate change, support countries’ action within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and strengthen the collaboration with GEO’s partners in the climate domain.

The CC-WG will support the translation of the Canberra Declaration into concrete actions within the GEO Work Programme, and ultimately drive actions to promote the GEO climate engagement priority.

The CC-WG is composed of almost 100 members covering a wide range of countries. Also the typology of members varies widely, including government, academia, UN agencies and intergovernmental organisations, non-governmental organisations, and the commercial sector.

Governance

Climate Change Working Group Co-Chairs

Four co-chairs are elected, selected by and from the CC-WG members, representing a balance of gender, geography, and generation. Each co-chair leads a designated subgroup and is supported by deputy chairs in their role.

Virginia Burkett

Virginia
Burkett

Mark Dowell

Mark
Dowell

Lucia Perugini

Lucia
Perugini
.

Angel Alberto Valdiviezo

Angel Alberto
Valdiviezo
.

Sub groups

Four subgroups are established to run the work of the CC-WG:

SG1: Coordination of climate issues across the GEO Work Programme & Synergies with key partners    

SG2: Engagement with UNFCCC and IPCC    

SG3: Enhancing the use of EO for Mitigation    

SG4: Enhancing the use of EO for Adaptation and Loss & Damage    

Collaboration with other GEO Working Groups

The CC-WG will coordinate in particular with the Disaster Risk Reduction Working Group (DRR-WG) through its established subgroup on Coordination with GEO Engagement Priorities (Climate Change and Sustainable Development Goals) and with other GEO WG as appropriate.

How to join and contribute

Individuals interested in joining a WG must be nominated by the GEO Principal of their relevant GEO Member or Participating Organization. As appropriate, the Programme Board may also invite other qualified individuals to participate as members.

Contact us

Administrative support to the CC-WG is provided by the GEO Secretariat. Contact Sara Venturini, Climate Coordinator, at sventurini@geosec.org for more information about the work of the CC-WG.

Resources

Terms of Reference

The Terms of Reference will remain in effect for the period of the 2020-2022 GEO Work Programme. It may be revised with the approval of the Programme Board.

Roadmap and subgroup work plans

A Roadmap is proposed to guide the work of the CC-WG and prioritize action based on the approved Terms of reference. The Roadmap also outlines the way members engage and contribute to the objectives of the CC-WG. It contains priority deliverables, milestones and the working timeline, as well as the work plan of each subgroup. While the CC-WG activities are outlined for the 2020-2022 period, some have an ongoing nature and are intended to be continued beyond the first term.

Working group members

Name Affiliation WG SG1 SG2 SG3 SG4
Angel Alberto Valdiviezo bio Ecuador Co-Chair - - - SG Lead
Mark Dowell bio European Commission Co-Chair - SG Lead - -
Lucia Perugini bio Italy Co-Chair - - SG Lead -
Virginia Burkett bio United States Co-Chair SG Lead - - -
John Firth bio Acclimatise Member Member - - Member
Musiliu Babatunde ACCREC Member - - - -
Nura Jibo bio ACCREC Member - Deputy chair - -
Ibrahim Lawan Muhammad bio ACCREC Member Member - - -
Rabia Said bio ACCREC Member Member - - -
Armen Asryan bio Armenia Member - Deputy chair - -
Caroline Poulsen bio Australia Member - Member - -
Stefan Kienberger bio Austria Member - - - Member
Marie-Josée Bourassa Canada Member - - - -
Mohammed Dabboor bio Canada Member - Member - -
Jason Duffe Canada Member - - - -
Emma Fernandes bio Canada Member Member - - -
Joerg Schulz bio CEOS Member Member - - Member
Wenying Su bio CEOS Member - Member Member -
Gladys Santis bio Chile Member - - - Member
Eduardo Silva bio Chile Member - Member - -
Yuqi Bai bio China Member Member - - -
Gensuo Jia bio China Member - - - Deputy chair
Johoner Venicio Correa Cruz Colombia Member - - - -
Adriana Liseth Gonzalez Mahecha Colombia Member - - - -
Leidy Andrea Mendez Polo Colombia Member - - - -
Veronica Rea Borja Colombia Member - - - -
Jorge Alberto Sanabria Morales bio Colombia Member - - - -
David Halpern COSPAR Member - Member - -
Diofantos Hadjimitsis bio Cyprus Member Deputy chair - - -
Andre Obregon bio ECMWF Member - Member - -
Sandra Barriga bio Ecuador Member - - - -
Veronica Bojoque Ecuador Member - - - -
Mercy Borbor bio Ecuador Member - Member - Member
Alba Calles Ecuador Member - - - -
Santiago Carpio Salazar bio Ecuador Member - - - -
Othoniel Palacios Celin Ecuador Member - - - -
Paolo Piedrahita Ecuador Member - - - -
Juan Carlos Ramírez Ecuador Member - - - -
Luis Francisco Robalino bio Ecuador Member - - Member -
Frank Martin Seifert ESA Member - - Member -
Susanne Mecklenburg bio ESA Member - - - Member
Ivan Petiteville bio ESA Member - Member Member Member
Simon Pinnock ESA Member - Member - -
Patricia Cummens bio Esri Member Member - - Member
Phillippe Tulkens bio European Commission Member Member Member - -
Thomas Harvey bio FAO Member - - - -
Laurence Monnoyer-Smith bio France Member - - - -
Thierry Ranchin bio France Member - - - -
Armel Nzue Mba bio Gabon Member - - - Member
Laurent Durieux bio GEO Secretariat Member - - - Member
Stefan Rösner bio Germany Member Member - - Member
Kamila Kabo-Bah bio Ghana Member Deputy chair - - -
Emmanuel Nyantakyi bio Ghana Member - - - -
Nektarios Chrysoulakis bio Greece Member - Member - -
Evangelos Gerasopoulos bio Greece Member Member - - -
Prodromos Zanis bio Greece Member - Member - -
Richard Gross bio IAG Member - Member - -
Mandira Shrestha bio ICIMOD Member Member - - -
Werner Kutsch bio ICOS Member - - - -
Andrea Alessandri bio Italy Member Member - - -
Ilaria Baneschi bio Italy Member Member - - -
Maria Libera Battagliere bio Italy Member - - - -
Chiara Boschi bio Italy Member - - - -
Mariasilvia Giamberini bio Italy Member Member - - -
Maddalena Pennisi bio Italy Member Member - - -
Antonello Provenzale bio Italy Member - - - Member
Enrico Tomelleri bio Italy Member - - - Member
Sandro Federici Japan Member - - Member -
Hiroyuki Muraoka bio Japan Member Member - - -
Osamu Ochiai bio Japan Member - Member - -
Kenneth Mwangi bio Kenya Member - - Member -
Jean Roger Rakotoarijaona Madagascar Member - - Member -
Solofo Rakotondraompiana Madagascar Member - - - -
Carolina Adler bio MRI Member - Member - -
Shawn Marshall bio MRI Member - - Member -
Assoumane Garba bio Niger Member - Member - -
Akinola Babatunde bio Nigeria Member - - Deputy chair -
Asma Ibrahim Nigeria Member - - - -
Muhammad Arif Rashid Goheer bio Pakistan Member - - - -
Muhammad Irfan Tariq bio Pakistan Member - - - -
Arnlod Hougham PCI Geomatics Member - - - -
Kevin Jones PCI Geomatics Member - - - -
Susana Adamo bio SDSN Member - - - Member
Gayane Faye bio Senegal Member - - - Deputy chair
Lerato Shikwambana bio South Africa Member - - Member -
Jordi Sandalinas bio Spain Member - - - -
Blaize Denfeld Sweden Member - - - -
Lena Lindstrom bio Sweden Member - - - Member
Sandrine Mathieu bio Thales Member Member Member - -
Joanna Post bio UNFCCC Member - Member - -
Marie-Fanny Racault bio United Kingdom Member - Member - -
Susie Wright bio United Kingdom Member - Member Member -
Michelle McClure bio United States Member Member - - -
Alexander O'Neill bio United States Member - Member - -
Ramesh Singh bio United States Member - - Deputy chair -
Patrick Taylor bio United States Member Member Member - -
Simon Eggleston bio WMO Member Member - - -
Webster Magwaro Zimbabwe Member - - Member -
Lester Muradzi Zimbabwe Member - - - -
Veronika Neumeier GEO Secretariat GEO Sec Rep - - - -
Sara Venturini bio GEO Secretariat GEO Sec Rep - - - -