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External resources
  1. Relevant scientific publications, reports and implementation plans
  2. Partners and relevant organizations
  3. Information portals and sources of scenario data
  4. A selection of climate services*
1. Relevant scientific publications, reports and implementation plans
Author  Title Publication date 

Statement on the State of the Global Climate in 2017


Also see the complete series of statements on the state of the global climate


Greenhouse Gas Bulletin The State of Greenhouse Gases in the Atmosphere based on global observations through 2016  


Also see the complete series of Greenhouse Gas Bulletins

CEOS / CGMS Working Group on Climate (WGClimate) Space Agency Response to GCOS Implementation Plan 2017

WCRP’s Coupled Model Intercomparison Project: a remarkable contribution to climate science
(Highlight article by European Geosciences Union)

Global Carbon Project Global Carbon Budget 2017
Global Carbon Project Global Methane Budget 2016
WMO  pdf-icon The Global Climate in 2011-2015  2016
GCOS Global Climate Observing System implementation Plan (gcos-200) The Global Observing System for Climate: Implementation Needs 2016

Status of the global observing system for climate (gcos-195)


pdf-icon Climate Services for Supporting Climate Change Adaptation: Supplement to the Technical Guidelines for the National Adaptation Plan Process

CEOS Earth Observation Handbook - Special 2015 COP21 Edition: Satellite Earth Observations in Support of Climate Information Challenges 2015

IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5)

CEOS / CGMS / WMO pdf-icon Strategy Towards an Architecture for Climate Monitoring from Space 2013
2. Partners and relevant organizations
Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN)
Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC)

Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) and its members
Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS) and its members
and the
CEOS/CGMS Working Group on Climate (CEOS/CGMS WGClimate)

Copernicus Programme
Future Earth
Global Carbon Project (GCP)
Global change SysTem for Analysis, Research and Training (START)

Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) and its panels:

Group on Earth Observations (GEO)
Integrated Assessment Modelling Consortium (IAMC) and its members
Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI)
Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO)
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
Met Office Hadley Centre Climate Programme (Hadley Centre)
Observatoire du Sahara et du Sahel (OSS)

UN Environment and its

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the

World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and its:

World Meteorological Organization (WMO), including its:

3. Information portals and sources of scenario data
CMIP5 home page
Description of CMIP5 experimental design and links to model output archive
CMIP6 home page
Description of CMIP6 experimental design and links to related datasets
Earth System Grid Federation ESGF@DOE/LLNL
Provides access to CMIP3 and CMIP5 model output archive, and will be home to CMIP6 archive once available
European Network for Earth System modelling
provides information and services on the European Earth System Models and some associated tools, on data produced by internationally coordinated climate model experiments and on the use of high-performance computing facilities to run complex climate simulations
Provides access to a growing archive of observational data, in the same format as CMIP model output, to facilitate model evaluation
Shared Socioeconomic pathways (SSPs)
Provides access to greenhouse gas, aerosols, land-use and other forcings used as input to CMIP6 models
International Climate Assessment & dataset (ICA&D)
Information on changes in weather and climate extremes, as well as the daily dataset needed to monitor and analyse these extremes
IPCC Data Distribution Centre
The DDC provides climate, socio-economic and environmental data, both from the past and also in scenarios projected into the future. Technical guidelines on the selection and use of different types of data and scenarios in research and assessment are also provided
National Snow and Ice Data Centre
Home page for a large archive of cryosphere data (snow, sea-ice, glaciers, ice sheets, permafrost)
NOAA ocean observations
A range of sea-surface temperature products
NOAA surface temperature observations
A large collection of different surface temperature data sets
Canadian climate data and scenarios
Canadian Climate Data and Scenarios site, providing historical climate data for Canada, along with CMIP3 and CMIP5-derived future climate scenarios
Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) Climate Explorer
A research tool to investigate the climate and statistically analyse climate data
UKCIP (formerly UK Climate Impacts Programme)
UK-based site providing climate data and tools to support adaptation planning
UK Met Office Hadley Centre
Near surface air temperature, sea-surface temperature, and sea-ice concentration data set compiled by Hadley Centre
UNEP PROVIA Guidance document
Guidance document on assessing vulnerability, impacts and adaptation to climate change
UNEP PROVIA Country Level Impacts of Climate Change (CLICC)
Country-level impact studies
4. A selection of climate services*
The CORDEX vision is to advance and coordinate the science and application of regional climate downscaling through global partnerships
Linking science and society
Copernicus Climate Change Service
Provides information to increase the knowledge base to support adaptation and mitigation policies.
Earth System Science Data
An international, interdisciplinary journal for the publication of articles on original research data (sets), furthering the reuse of high-quality data of benefit to Earth system sciences

ECV Inventory

WGClimate have developed an inventory of the space agency datasets that make up the structure of the climate monitoring architecture for space-based observations

Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) Portal
The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) is leading a worldwide effort to build a Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS). The portal is the entry point to Earth Observation data from all over the world - discover/ access/contribute resources and data discovery tools.
Global Framework for Climate Services (GCFS) - Climate Services Information System
Principal GFCS mechanism through which information about climate – past, present and future – is archived, analyzed, modeled, exchanged and processed
Global Observing Systems Information Center (GOSIC) Portal
The portal serves as a clearinghouse providing convenient, central, one-stop access to data and information identified by the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS).
NASA Earth Exchange Global Daily Downscaled Projections (NEX-GDDP) dataset
Providing downscaled climate model outputs for every country in the world
NASA Global Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet
Providing accurate and timely news and information about Earth’s changing climate, along with current data and visualizations
UN SPIDER links and resources
Entry points and resources to space-based information for disaster risk management and emergency response.

WMO - Climate
Overview of the work of WMO on climate including regional outlook forums

*Non-exhaustive list

The Adaptation Exchange

UN and UNFCCC links

UN Sustainable Development Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

UNFCCC Nairobi work programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation - Partner Organizations Database
Can be searched to identify partner organizations working on work area(s): Data and Observations, Methods and Tools, and Research

UNFCCC Capacity Building Portal
Can be searched for activities related to research and systematic observation, including meteorological, hydrological and climatological services.