The 2nd GCOS Climate Observation Conference has declared its commitment to a “comprehensive and sustainable global climate observing system” which is needed more than ever in view of rapid climate change.
“Observations underpin all weather, climate, water, and ecosystems services and products. Without the collection and sharing of these observations, the ability to understand, predict, mitigate, and adapt to changes in the climate system is limited,” Sabrina Speich, said the GCOS Climate Observation Conference chair.
The conference, organized by GCOS with the support of EUMETSAT, focused on activities and solutions that help to achieve a fully implemented, sustainable, and fit for purpose global observing system for climate. Additionally, it was the occasion to celebrate GCOS 30th Anniversary and take stock of the progress achieved by the global observing community in the last three decades.
The conference hosted from 17-19 October 2022 in Darmstadt, Germany, focused on addressing urgent needs and gaps, and proposed strategies and solutions for a sustainable future. It brought together 140 participants onsite and 400 online participants.
The conference fostered international dialogue amongst climate scientists, observations experts, operational services, United Nations agencies, intergovernmental organizations, and policy makers. The participants called for a collective effort to sustain and improve the climate observing system, by defining a “global goal for observations”.
See the full Conference Statement here.
Sincere thanks to all participants, both in person and online, as well as the Scientific Committee and the organizing team from EUMETSAT.