CEOS Working Group on Climate (WGClimate)

CEOS Working Group on Climate (WGClimate)

CEOS Working Group on Climate (WGClimate) Mark Dowell EC/JRC John Bates NCDC/NOAA Rationale Many Climate Initiatives undertaken by space agencies SCOPE-CM ESA Climate Change Initiative NOAA Climate Services

Many relevant existing Scientific Groups IOCCG GHRSST Sea surface topography etc CEOS virtual Constellations contribute in specific ECV areas Ocean Surface Topography Precipitation Ocean colour Ocean Surface Vector Winds Land Surface Imaging ..

Need to have overall coherent approach Two climate action paths GCOS-82 in 2003 GCOS-92 in 2004 GEOSS 10-year plan in 2005 GCOS-107 in 2006 CEOS response 2006 CEOS IP for GEOSS in 2007 Encourages the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites to continue

coordinating and supporting the implementation of the satellite component of the Global Climate Observing System; Urges Parties that support space agencies involved in global observations to enable these agencies to continue to implement, in a coordinated manner through the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites, the actions identified in the updated report of the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites,1 in order to meet the relevant needs of the Convention, in particular by ensuring long-term continuity of observations and data availability.

Committee on Earth Observing Satellites NEW - Working Group on Climate (WGClimate) WGClimate was endorsed as a full CEOS WG (joining WGISS, WGCV and WGEdu) and will coordinate and encourage collaborative activities between the worlds major space agencies in the area of climate monitoring Mandate of this new Working Group is to facilitate the implementation and exploitation of Essential Climate Variable (ECV) time-series through coordination of the existing and substantial activities undertaking be CEOS member agencies. Chair of CEOS WGClimate Mark Dowell (EC/JRC)

Vice Chair John Bates (NOAA/NCDC) SEO WGISS Portals, data access WGEdu Capacity Blg WGCV Gap & meta-analysis who does what Feedback on Priority Actions

Climate SBA WG Climate Facilitate implementation and exploitation of ECVs timeseries ToR Activities Review docs Monitor progress of Climate SBA actions. 1.Coordination of CEOS response to

GCOS IP 2.Progress reporting to UNFCCC/SBSTA ECV cal/val req Virtual Constellations Input for reporting GCOS/SBSTA CEOS Constellations - ECVs For which measurements (FCDRs or ECVs) are constellations responsible? Identify which ECVs are not covered under any constellations. Address homeless ECVs. Do we need one constellation for each ECV ?

Probably not, to take into account the overlaps between ECV; to simplify the reporting to CEOS. 7 Proposed Terms of Reference The CEOS Climate Working Group will: Review and assess, on behalf of CEOS, the generation of Fundamental Climate Data Records (FCDRs) and derived Essential Climate Variable (ECV) climate products supported by Member space agencies, complementary with existing entities and roles; Contribute to the review of compliance of satellite missions and products with the GCOS Climate Monitoring Principles and with the Guideline for the Generation of Datasets and Products meeting GCOS Requirements (GCOS143); Identify multi-agency implementation teams for each product and review their actions, and ensure that a coherent implementation plan exists for each

and every product taking full account of other pertinent international initiatives such as SCOPE-CM and science programmes; Make recommendations to the above teams and receive recommendations from them, for transmission to CEOS Agency Principals; Ensure coherence of climate product generation supported by space agencies, including with other relevant international initiatives, in particular SCOPE-CM, and); Undertake any other relevant activities as instructed by CEOS Chair. Proposed Terms of Reference In addition, it will: Provide guidance to CEOS regarding climate-related Tasks in the GEO Work Plan, and review relevant reports on behalf of CEOS Plenary, including: The update of documents such as the CEOS Response to GCOS requirements, and The update of reports to SBSTA/UNFCCC on CEOS climate actions, as requested;

Support generally the work of GCOS in defining and delivering the Essential Climate Variables required by the UNFCCC; Support and advise on the overall relation of CEOS to the UNFCCC and its subsidiary bodies, and to the IPCC. Proposed Terms of Reference In carrying out the tasks above, it will: Undertake an analysis, addressing each ECV in turn, of the extent to which the current status of production of satellite climate records meets the GCOS requirements, including an analysis of the consistency of definitions of ECVs; Work with the CEOS Virtual Constellations to ensure a coherent and consistent approach to the provision of climate records across their various topical areas; Promote openness, traceability and access to climate data, codes and products;

Facilitate the inter-comparison of model outputs with data by identifying a subset of parameters key to the IPCC needs and encourage providers to deliver the necessary data in the required form; Interact with Science programs such as WCRP and IGBP to assist them in enabling their analysis, assessment and feedback to space agencies on the production of climate records; Build on the work of the CEOS WGCV, GSICS, and the QA4EO initiative to support the calibration and validation underpinning the production of climate data records; Coordinate with existing in situ networks to integrate complementary measurements and observations. CEOS Agency ECV meta-analysis Addressing ToR item: Identify multi-agency implementation teams for each product and review their actions, . Contributing Activity: Meta analysis (matrix) of CEOS Agency and existing CEOS work across ECVs: Agency programmes, CEOS VCs, CEOS WGs Tasks, and external

initiatives/bodies (e.g. SCOPE-CM); Responsibility not only for satellite operation but also calibration, validation Identify interlocutors on a ECVs basis responsible for implementation; Identify gaps. To be undertaken in collaboration with SEO. ECV Gap Analysis Table Link to IPCC modeling community (CMIP) Addressing ToR item: Facilitate the inter-comparison of model outputs with data by identifying a subset of parameters key to the IPCC needs and encourage providers to deliver the necessary data in the required form. Contributing Activity: Approach climate modelling community i.e. IPCC/CMIP, concerning ECV product requirements: data formats, data requirements, required time-series, necessary data

products, ancillary data; identify several CEOS "endorsed" ECVs that could be used in their analysis. ECV by ECV implementation strategy Addressing ToR item: Undertake an analysis, addressing each ECV in turn, of the extent to which the current status of production of satellite climate records meets the GCOS requirements, including an analysis of the consistency of definitions of ECVs. Contributing Activity: Identify pilot ECVs which could define end-to-end Implementation strategy on a ECV basis: define template; including feedback from CMIP.

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