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Earth Information Day


 Linking Earth observation with the global response to climate change

Tuesday 8 November

Plenary Casablanca


pdf-icon Programme (405 kB)  

Detailed Programme with links to all presentations and posters

Webcast: Opening and Part I

Webcast: Part II

Storify coverage of the day

pdf-icon Summary report (2934 kB)  by the SBSTA Chair
- welcomed by the SBSTA at SBSTA 47 see FCCC/SBSTA/2017/L.21, paragraph 3 


Systematic observation of the state of the climate – atmosphere, ocean and land – enables the identification of climate change and associated impacts, and future trends. It is the fundamental basis upon which the UNFCCC was founded, the Paris Agreement was adopted, and decision-making at all levels on climate change mitigation and adaptation depend.


The science community provides the systematic observation data and information to advance scientific research knowledge and support climate services. This large breadth of scientific material is needed to assist governments and stakeholders in developing the urgent strategies and action required to assess, track and ultimately attain the Paris Agreement’s goals in the context of sustainable development.


The Earth Information Day presents the opportunity to optimise engagement and connect information and requirements between the science community, Party and non-Party stakeholders to benefit the intergovernmental process and Paris Agreement implementation.


It will provide an up–to–date picture of the state of the climate and an outlook on developments and opportunities to support decision making on risk assessment, adaptation and mitigation at regional and national level.


It could be a central underpinning for the global stocktake providing dynamic and continuous learning from the science community to inform and motivate acceleration of progress based on the best available science.


Earth Information Day at COP 22 includes a focus on actions and opportunities to support adaptation in Africa.

Programme overview

The Earth Information Day will feature speakers from the heads of UN and international science organizations and agencies and the scientific community on:

  • The state of the climate and the global carbon budget and the development of indicators to support adaptation and mitigation;
  • The GCOS Implementation Plan 2016 – explaining the essential climate variables, indicators and actions to support the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals;
  • New developments in the estimation of GHG emissions from Earth observations to support national inventories;
  • Earth observation actions and services to support adaptation in Africa.

The broad programme agenda is as follows:

10.15–10.45 Opening
10.45–13.00 Part I: Current Observations and Knowledge
15.00–18.00 Part II: Developments and Opportunities

Part I and Part II will both feature presentations and discussion followed by a poster session where delegates can interact with experts on a one–on–one basis. The posters will be on display for public viewing all day.

Detailed Programme
10:15–10:45 Opening
Speakers Richard Kinley
UNFCCC Deputy Executive Secretary
pdf-icon Opening statement (367 kB)
  Elena Manaenkova
WMO Deputy Secretary General
  Vladimir Ryabinin
UNESCO–IOC Executive Secretary
10:45–13:00 Part I: Current observations and knowledge
Moderator Carlos Fuller
  Omar Baddour
pdf-icon WMO Statements on the Status of the Global Climate: Providing the status of the global climate on annual and multiyear timescales in support of policy and decision making (2467 kB)

Carolin Richter

pdf-icon The Global Climate Observing System Implementation Plan 2016 – Implementation Needs: Essential climate variables, indicators and actions in the 2016 GCOS implementation plan to support the Paris Agreement goals (4230 kB)

Toste Tanhua
GEOMAR on behalf of UNESCO–IOC

pdf-icon Ocean aspects of the GCOS Implementation Plan 2016: Connection to climate information and services for adaptation and mitigation, as well as how climate observations feed into relevant SDGs (2706 kB)

Glen Peters
Global Carbon Project

pdf-icon The global carbon budget (2972 kB)

Featured in the presentation is an animation showing the drivers of atmospheric carbon dioxide

David Carlson

pdf-icon Products and indicators to monitor the state of the climate system (8129 kB)

  Joseph Intsiful
 Reflections on Part I
Q&A and Discussion
Poster session and time for one–on–one discussion with experts

Part II: Developments and Opportunities


Carlos Fuller


Christopher Lennard, Andreas Haensler, Grigory Nikulin and Wilfran Okia

pdf-icon African Impacts Atlas: A systematic analysis of regional impacts of a 1.5 and 2 degrees Celsius global warming in Africa under different climate change scenarios (1087 kB)

Bernard Pinty
European Commission

pdf-icon Towards an operational capacity to monitor anthropogenic CO2 emissions (1527 kB)

Deon Terblanche

pdf-icon How observations and modelling of greenhouse gases can support the Paris Agreement: An integrated global greenhouse gas information system (IG3IS) (2076 kB)

Werner Kutsch
ICOS on behalf of GEO

pdf-icon The GEO initiative on carbon and greenhouse gases: Integration across domains (2370 kB)

Cat Downy
ESA - Future Earth

pdf-icon The Paris Agreement and integrated services to aid decision making on climate change adaptation (4519 kB)

  Adrian Fitzgerald
pdf-icon Data and information needs for assessments under NAPs (461 kB)
Q&A and Discussion
Poster session and time for one–on–one discussion with experts


Experts will be available to discuss posters at the end of both morning (Part I) and afternoon (Part II) sessions as indicated in the programme above

Supporting the Paris Agreement

Pascal Lecomte

pdf-icon Space Agencies and Climate Change: 2016 Global Climate Observing System Implementation Plan (1606 kB)

Carolin Richter

pdf-icon GCOS Implementation Plan 2016: Observations for adaptation, mitigation and climate science (1831 kB)

Toste Tanhua
GEOMAR on behalf of UNESCO–IOC

pdf-icon GCOS Implementation Plan 2016: Ocean aspects (830 kB)

Werner Kutsch
ICOS on behalf of GEO

pdf-icon GEO's efforts in support of the Paris Agreement (4972 kB)  


Karina von Schuckmann and David Carlson

pdf-icon Towards an Integrated View of the Global Earth Energy Budget (501 kB)


David Carlson

pdf-icon Ocean State Report from the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (167 kB)

  Anny Cazenave and David Carlson

pdf-icon Components of a Sea Level Budget for Climate Monitoring (1563 kB)

  Blair Trewin and Omar Baddour

pdf-icon The status of the global climate – update on the 2011–2015 period (3076 kB)


Deon Terblanche

pdf-icon Role of high quality observations in international policy making: lessons from the Global Atmosphere Watch Programme (2042 kB)

  Martin Herold and Niki de Sy
University of Wageningen on behalf of GOFC–GOLD

pdf-icon How forest observations and land use change support mitigation efforts (937 kB)

  Phil de Cola

pdf-icon The role of observations in developing mitigation options (examples from IG3IS) (1545 kB)

  Modathir Zaroug, Mark New and Christopher Lennard

pdf-icon The impact of 1.5°C and 2.0 °C above pre-industrial levels of global warming in semi-arid hot-spots in Africa and India (2137 kB)

  Temitope S. Egbebiyi, Chris Lennard, Olivier Crespo and Modathir Zaroug

pdf-icon Investigating the Impact of Projected Timing of Climate Departure on Crop Yield over West Africa (1185 kB)

Bonizella Biagini

A new vision for weather and climate services in Africa

Joseph D. Intsiful

Africa – Best practices and lessons from ClimDev–Africa and the African SIDS initiative

Juan-Carlos Villagran, UNOOSA

pdf-icon Satellite technologies for national adaptation planning (1228 kB)

Loss and Damage
  Juan-Carlos Villagran, UNOOSA

pdf-icon The use of satellite technologies for observation and communication of extreme and slow onset events (1280 kB)

Capacity Building
Simon Eggleston

pdf-icon GCOS Climate Monitoring: Examples of recent performance monitoring statistics for climate observations (9032 kB)

  Tim Oakley

pdf-icon Capacity Development: The GCOS Cooperation Mechanism – practical support for Parties to improve their observations through equipment, people and communications (1717 kB)

Global Stocktake
  Simon Eggleston

pdf-icon How climate observations will play a role in the global stocktake (2059 kB)



CEOS = Committee on Earth Observation Satellites; CORDEX = Coordinated Regional climate Downscaling Experiment; ESA = European Space Agency; GCOS = Global Climate Observing System; GEO = Group on Earth Observations; GOFC–GOLD = Global Observation for Forest Cover and Land Dynamics; ICOS = Integrated Carbon Observation System; LEG = Least Developed Countries Expert Group; UNDP = United Nations Development Programme; UNESCO–IOC = Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO; UNOOSA = United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs; WCRP = World Climate Research Programme; WMO = World Meteorological Organization


SBSTA 45 resources and submissions


GCOS Implementation Plan 2016

WMO Submissions

Further relevant Information

WMO Videos on IG3IS

  • Measuring national emissions
  • Monitoring the atmosphere to reduce urban greenhouse gas emissions

European Environment Agency

Poster requirements
The dimensions of posters should be A0 PORTRAIT (approx. 85 cm wide x 120 cm tall).

Please ensure that you print your hardcopy poster before coming and bring it to the conference with you.

No poster printing service will be available.

Posters should be brought to Plenary Casablanca between 09.00-10.00, Tuesday 8th November