Presentation on theme: "Feedback and Guidance from the World Meteorological Organization"— Presentation transcript:
1Feedback and Guidance from the World Meteorological Organization Wenjian ZhangDirector，Observing and Information Systems Department，WMO
2WMO Congress XV Res. 11With adoption of Res. 11, Congress XV (2007) reaffirmed WMO’s strong commitment to the objectives of GCOS (see annex)
3Cg XV Res. 11: Considering: (1) The increasing needs of Members and international organizations for comprehensive, continuous, reliable climate and climate-related data and information in support of:(a) Climate system monitoring,(b) Climate change detection and attribution,(c) Research to improve understanding, modelling and prediction of the climate system,(d) Operational climate prediction on seasonal-to-interannual timescales,(e) Assessment of the impacts of, and vulnerability and adaptation to, natural climate variability and human-induced climate change,(f) Applications and services for sustainable economic development,(g) Requirements of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and other international conventions and agreements,
4Cg XV Res. 11: Considering: (2) The specific observational needs of the:World Climate Research Programmethe International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme,the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change and DIVERSITAS;the requirements for comprehensive observations in support of the assessment processes of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,
5Recognizing with appreciation: (1) The important contribution of the GCOS Steering Committee and its Panels in providing scientific and technical guidance to WMO and other sponsoring and participating organizations for the planning, implementation and further development of the Global Climate Observing System,
6Cg XV Res. 11:Reaffirms the continuing strong commitment of WMO to the objectives of the Global Climate Observing System and support for its implementation in order to meet the full range of user needs;Decides to maintain the Global Climate Observing System as a priority programme of the Organization, in partnership with IOC, UNEP and ICSU and such other international sponsors as might be agreed by the Executive Council;
7Cg XV Res. 11:Urges Members: (1) To strengthen their national atmospheric, hydrological and related oceanic and terrestrial climate observing networks and systems within the framework of the Global Climate Observing System and in support of user needs;(2) To assist developing country Members to strengthen their observing networks, to improve their capacity to acquire climate-relevant data, and to enhance their provision of climate services by implementing projects in the 10 GCOS Regional Action Plans, and by contributing to the implementation of the ClimDev Africa Programme and to similar initiatives in other regions;
8Cg XV Res. 11: Requests the Executive Council: (1) To keep the progress of the Global Climate Observing System under regular review and to provide support and guidance on its further development and implementation;(2) To advise and assist Members, sponsoring bodies, and other international organizations inthe implementation of global observing systems for climate;Requests the technical commissions:(1) To lead the development and implementation of the networks for which they are responsible in the light of advice and guidance from the GCOS Steering Committee;(2) To contribute to the five-year Nairobi Work Programme on Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, in particular to the elements of the programme related to data and observations;
9Cg XV Res. 11:Requests the GCOS Steering Committee to continue to provide broadly-based strategic advice and guidance to all relevant WMO bodies on the implementation and further development of the Global Climate Observing System;Requests in particular the GCOS Steering Committee and the technical commissions to continue their interaction and cooperation in the further development and implementation of the Global Climate Observing System;
10Cg XV Res. 11:Requests the Secretary-General, as appropriate and within the programme and budget approved by Congress, and using whatever access might be possible to additional external funding mechanisms:(1) To support the further planning, development and implementation of the Global Climate Observing System, including the actions in response to the needs of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the recommendations of the 2004 Implementation Plan;(2) To encourage and assist Permanent Representatives of Members to take the lead in the establishment of GCOS National Committees and the designation of GCOS National Coordinators;
11WMO also RecognizeGCOS, as an integrated cross-domain system, contributes to achievement of many WMO Expected Results:ER 2 (enhanced capabilities of Members to provide better climate predictions and assessments)ER 4 (integration of WMO observing systems)ER 5 (development and implementation of the new WMO Information System)ER 6 (enhanced capabilities of Members in multi-hazard early warning and disaster prevention and preparedness)ER 7 (enhanced capabilities of Members to provide and use weather, climate, water, and environmental applications and services)ER 8 (broader use of weather-, climate- and water-related outputs for decision-making and implementation by Members and partner organizations),And ER 9 (enhanced capabilities of NMHSs in developing countries, particularly least developed countries, to fulfil their mandates of the WMO Strategic Plan).
12WMO Members InputWMO notes how important it is that WMO Members provide comprehensive and timely input to the 2009 progress report on implementation of GCOS to the GCOS Secretariat.We encourage the Secretariat to complete this report in the shortest possible time in order to provide a framework for further work to improve climate observing systems;
13National Climate Observing Network-USA Paired SitesSingle SitesParks with existing AQ monitoringParks near the ideal locationNational Climate Observing Network-USA
14China national climate committee identified 16 climate-target regions of China
15Current design of 260 National climate observatory network Over land, the great spatial heterogeneity requires detailed observationsWhat we can not see in this map is the gaps in temporal and variables. For spatial and temporal scales are inter-connected, we have to be very careful to make the specific variable observation with appropriate spatial and temporal resolution consistently.15
16UNFCCCWMO is pleased that GCOS has received strong support from the UNFCCC and that this relationship has contributed to a substantial increase in the visibility of GCOS and, therefore, its parent bodies, thus enabling the GCOS Secretariat to more effectively represent the concerns, interests, and needs of the climate observing community. WMO encourages you to maintain, and indeed, strengthen your fruitful connection with the UNFCCC.
17FAO / GTOSWMO understands the desirability of inviting the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), which is the main sponsor of GTOS, to become a fifth sponsor of GCOS.The terrestrial domain and the role of GTOS in meeting climate-related needs for observational data have assumed greatly increased importance, especially since the emergence of adaptation as a major thrust of the UNFCCC.
18GCOS Reference Upper-air Network (GRUAN). The WMO Executive Council has noted the recent establishment of the GCOS Reference Upper-air Network (GRUAN).This network will provide high-quality observing sites for the atmospheric profile, including surface and upper-air measurements, in support of climate applications, validation of satellite products, and climate research.We would like to remind the Steering Committee that the Council has requested an update on the progress of the selection of GRUAN sites, as well as minimum instrumentation requirements, at its sixty-first session in June 2009.
19The tiered climate networks will be the real solution (GRUAN) Benchmark Network~10 stationsUpper Air Reference Network30-40 stationsGCOS Upper Air Network (GUAN)161 stationsComprehensive observing networkAll observing systems,satellites, reanalyses etc.Spatial densityClimate driven19
20Satellite Observations for Climate WMO has taken action through its Space Programme to respond at several levels to the space-related aspects of the GCOS Implementation Plan and in particular to its Satellite Supplement (GCOS-107).The WMO Executive Council has agreed that the new Vision for the space-based Global Observing System should address climate observation needs among its core objectives and confirmed the high-level goal that there should be no gap in the satellite-based climate records, in accordance with the GCOS Climate Monitoring Principles.
21Satellite Observations for Climate The Global Space-based Inter-calibration System (GSICS) is reaching an operational stage and will ensure data comparability and homogeneity in the provision of Fundamental Climate Data Records.Developments are underway towards an initial network of Regional Specialized Satellite Centres for Climate Monitoring (RSSC-CM) that will ultimately deliver routine products related to Essential Climate Variables. WMO is pleased to mention that an active collaboration is developing with space agencies, CGMS and CEOS on these initiatives in support of GCOS.
22Satellites can make contributions to climate observations in all three domains 22
23To improve the use of satellite global observations. Global Satellite Inter-Calibration System (GSICS) -key issues for global satellite observations for climateTo improve the use of satellite global observations.To provide for the ability to create stable long-term climate data sets.To ensure instruments meet specification, pre-launch tests are traceable to SI standards.Simultaneous Nadir Overpass (SNO)Next step: Global satellite products validation
24Multi-satellite inter-calibration is so important to long-time data series Operational CalibrationImproved CalibrationImproved calibrated radiances using SNO- improveddifferences between sensors by order of magnitude.Trends for nonlinear calibration algorithm using SNO cross calibration0.20 K Decade-1
25Integration of space-based and ground-based observations: (talking each other ) Ground- and space-based system can be complementary and supplementary by design and operationIntegration with ground observations can remove satellite biases and ensure consistency;Ground observations can support process studies, satellite products validation, and algorithm /model development.FY-3
26Regional Specialized Satellite Centres for Climate Monitoring (RSSC-CM)
27Implementation The R/SSC-CM Network will be: Based on activities of existing initiatives (GOS, GCOS and GSICS)Build upon existing operational infrastructuresServe users and other organisations (e.g. WMO Regional Climate Centres RCC, National Weather Services)
28Components of the R/SSC-CM Global Network The global network of R/SSC-CM will include:Individual R/SSC-CM centressupported by a Secretariat andoverseen by an Executive Panel.
29Action ID (Atmosphere) Atmospheric DomainAction ID (Atmosphere)ECVDescriptionClimate-A-10Carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gasesCEOS agencies will participate in planning, by 2011, the operational follow-on to the chemistry missions planned for the next 5 to 7 years.Climate-A-12Upper air windsCEOS will determine options by 2010 for continuing improvements to wind determinations demonstrated by MODIS and to be demonstrated by ADM Aeolus.
30Oceanic Domain P3 Action ID (Ocean) ECV Description Climate-O-3 Sea iceNew space-based measurements and products, including ice thickness and ice drift, will be considered by CEOS agencies as part of their future research missions.Climate-O-15SalinityESA will fly SMOS in 2007 to demonstrate measurement of the sea surface salinity (and soil moisture) ECV; NASA/CONAE will fly Aquarius/SAC-D in 2009 to demonstrate measurement of the sea surface salinity ECV.Climate-O-16CEOS agencies will cooperate in developing future plans for an Ocean Salinity Constellation.
31Developing countriesDeveloping countries have special problems, not least with respect to securing the resources needed to implement regional GCOS Action Plans.The WMO Executive Council encourages the GCOS Secretariat and the GCOS Steering Committee to study the issue with a view to facilitating the necessary fundraising, including from the UNFCCC and its financial mechanism, to enable the effective implementation of these Plans.
32ImplementationWMO recognizes that GCOS is still far from fully implemented and that a major effort is needed in most parts of the world to strengthen and maintain essential climate observing networks and systems.In this regard, WMO would like to commend the development of the Regional Action Plans produced through the now-completed GCOS Regional Workshop Programme and also the follow-up initiatives, such as the Climate for Development for Africa Programme, intended to facilitate the implementation of needed improvements in developing regions.WMO encourages the GCOS Steering Committee to continue such follow-up efforts as resources allow.
33Climate AdaptationWMO understands the need to pay increasing attention to the requirements for climate information for adaptation.We would like to see the GCOS Steering Committee, in addition to WCRP and others, identify their current activities that are relevant to adaptation and also identify gaps in climate information in key socio-economic sectors that need addressing in order to enable effective climate-risk management.The GCOS Steering Committee should take steps to address observational needs for adaptation in future priority setting and planning.
34UNFCCC/GEOSS/WIGOS WCC-3 WMO notes that much has changed since the original 1992 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) establishing GCOS was last updated in 1998:the greatly strengthened link with the UNFCCCthe emergence of GEOSSthe establishment of WIGOS.the agreement of WMO with ISOthe outcome of WCC-3 will have important implications for GCOS.
35WMO and ISO strengthen partnership on international standardization WMO and ISO have agreed to increase their cooperation in the development of international standards related to meteorological and hydrological data, products and services.The WMO has liaison status with nearly 30 of ISO's technical committees developing standards with relevance to hydrometry, air quality, water quality, soil quality, geographic information, solar energy, petroleum and gas industry, information technologies, marine, quantities and units.ISO Secretary-General Alan Bryden and WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud today signed an agreement on Working arrangements in Geneva, Switzerland, to formalize the partnership.Geneva, 16 September 2008 – WMO/ISO
36Agreement of WMO with ISO The Working arrangements between the WMO and ISO aim to strengthen the development of International Standards and to avoid duplication of work on standards related to the following environmental data, products and services :MeteorologicalClimatologicalHydrologicalMarine/Ocean and relatedProcedures are now in place for the accelerated adoption by ISO of WMO documents as ISO standards. WMO and ISO will develop, approve and publish common standards based on WMO technical regulations, manuals and guides.
37Agreement of WMO with ISO Michel Jarraud, SG of WMO, stated that the new procedures “would clarify the authority of WMO documents and enhance their international recognition and dissemination.Alan Bryden, SG of ISO, underlined that the agreement was an illustration of the increasing collaboration between the UN System and ISO, as well as of the contribution of international standards to responding to the challenges of climate change.ISO has recognized WMO as an international standardization body through ISO Council Resolution 43/2007 approved in December 2007.
39Need an Integrated Comprehensive Global Climate Observing System
40MOU and GCOS PLANConsidering all above changes , WMO therefore encourages the Steering Committee to assess the need for updating the GCOS MOU and that it propose to the Sponsors elements that they should consider in renegotiating and revising the MOU.For similar reasons, WMO supports updating the 1995 GCOS Plan and encourages the Steering Committee to propose a process for accelerated completion of the Plan.WMO recognizes the precarious and unstable nature of the GCOS Secretariat budget and will work with the other Sponsors of GCOS to ensure its long-term viability
41Discussions: Sustained approach for GCOS Any Single Problem Requires Many Data SetsA Single Data Set Will Serve Many CommunitiesGEOSS is a global distributed system, including satellite observation systems, Global in situ networks and systems, And local and regional in situ networks.GEOSS will deliver the benefits of EO to both data & information providers and consumers world wide.
42Discussions : Sustained approach for GCOS 1. Sustaining current GCOS observing systems and merge other systems to make it stronger by using all available resources; (operational ?)2. Developing new climate observing capabilities (both surface/deep ocean and space-based systems, comprehensive GCOS)3.Providing climate products and services to end users, i.e. , from climate observation to climate monitoring and services. (Result-based approach, more visible way)GEOSS is a global distributed system, including satellite observation systems, Global in situ networks and systems, And local and regional in situ networks.GEOSS will deliver the benefits of EO to both data & information providers and consumers world wide.
43Thanks for your attention ! Thanks again to all SC members for your great efforts and achievements!Thanks for your attention !