Almost all the networks, systems, data centres and analysis centres that GCOS works with and relies upon are funded, managed and operated by national entities within their own requirements, plans, procedures, standards and regulations. The needs of UNFCCC and other users of global climate observations and products can only be addressed if plans are developed and implemented in a coordinated manner by national organizations.
Such mechanisms are usually best sustained when national coordinators or focal points are designated. Their assigned responsibility should include the coordinated planning and implementation of systematic climate observing systems across the many national departments and agencies involved with their provision.
Download the brochure: "The Implementation of the Global Climate Observing System at the National Level".