Public Consultation on the ECV Requirements
GCOS is holding a public consultation from 13 January to 13 March 2020 on the requirements for global essential climate observations needed by users of climate data (called Essential Climate Variables, ECV). This public consultation addresses not only the observation community, but all communities that work with climate data including climate science, modelling, policy, adaptation, mitigation. ECVs are concepts that may be characterized by one or a group of ECV Products. For example, the ECV “Lakes” is a concept and in order to characterize it, several ECV Products such as "lake water level" and "lake colour" are required to monitor the relevant climate aspects. ECV Product requirements are instrument-agnostic: the requirements do not imply that any specific equipment should be used; they do not distinguish between satellite and in-situ observations.