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.
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.
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.
Administrative support to the CC-WG is provided by the GEO Secretariat. Contact Sara Venturini, Climate Coordinator, at email@example.com for more information about the work of the CC-WG.
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.
- September 2021: submitted to the 21st Programme Board Meeting.
- November 2021: submitted to the 17th GEO Plenary.
- June 2022: submitted to the 23rd Programme Board Meeting.
- September 2022: submitted to the 24th Programme Board Meeting.
- February 2023: submitted to the 25th Programme Board Meeting.
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.
Launch of the joint report “GHG Monitoring from Space: A mapping of capabilities across public, private and hybrid satellite missions”
Outcomes of the Forum on Innovation in Remote Sensing Technologies for Accelerated Climate Action, leading to COP26
GEO-GFOI Virtual Workshop "Exploring new tools in SEPAL to assess land use and land cover changes, and produce GHG emission estimates" 16-17 June 2021
Supporting climate change mitigation and adaptation using Earth observations: GEO’s Report from COP25
Working group members
|Phillippe Tulkens bio||European Commission||For Info / Support||-||-||-||-|
|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|
|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 bio||Canada||Member||-||-||-||-|
|Mohammed Dabboor bio||Canada||Member||-||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||-||-||-||-|
|Veronica Rea Borja||Colombia||Member||-||-||-||-|
|Jorge Alberto Sanabria Morales bio||Colombia||Member||-||-||-||-|
|Diofantos Hadjimitsis bio||Cyprus||Member||Deputy chair||-||-||-|
|Andre Obregon bio||ECMWF||Member||-||Member||-||-|
|Lida Garcia Montero bio||Ecuador||Member||-||-||-||-|
|Sandra Novoa Luque bio||Ecuador||Member||-||-||-||-|
|Carlos Robles Romero bio||Ecuador||Member||-||-||-||-|
|Diana Salazar Valenzuela bio||Ecuador||Member||-||-||-||-|
|Christiana Photiadou bio||EEA||Member||-||Member||-||Member|
|Frank Martin Seifert||ESA||Member||-||-||Member||-|
|Susanne Mecklenburg bio||ESA||Member||-||-||-||Member|
|Ivan Petiteville bio||ESA||Member||-||Member||Member||Member|
|Patricia Cummens bio||Esri||Member||Member||-||-||Member|
|Franz Immler bio||European Commission||Member||-||-||-||-|
|Thomas Harvey bio||FAO||Member||-||-||-||-|
|Laurence Monnoyer-Smith bio||France||Member||-||-||-||-|
|Thierry Ranchin bio||France||Member||-||-||-||-|
|Armel Nzue Mba bio||Gabon||Member||-||-||-||Member|
|Antonio Bombelli bio||GCOS||Member||-||-||-||-|
|Stefan Rösner bio||Germany||Member||Member||-||-||Member|
|Albrecht von Bargen 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|
|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 bio||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||-|
|Nils Hempelmann bio||OGC||Member||-||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||-||-||-||-|
|Sandrine Mathieu bio||Thales||Member||Member||Member||-||-|
|Joanna Post bio||UNFCCC||Member||-||Member||-||-|
|Onoriode Esegbue bio||United Kingdom||Member||-||Member||-||-|
|Matthew Foote bio||United Kingdom||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||-||-|
|Sara Venturini bio||GEO Secretariat||GEO Sec Rep||-||-||-||-|